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Words Are Their Bond

Recording histories helps Selfhelp young leaders
connect with Holocaust survivors.

Special To The Jewish Week

 Elisabeth Sudfeld has a love story to tell. Amid the horrors of the Holocaust, concentrations camps and losing her family, she found, lost and later reconnected with her husband Alex. They were married for 60 years. 

Gary Phillips met and fell in love with his wife as the war was ending in a prison in Berlin. She was an Auschwitz survivor and he had been imprisoned for most of the war. They spent the next 58 years together. 

Dori Konig found an unexpected friend in Gary Phillips, 88, after he interviewed him for the Memoirs.

Surrogate Fatherhood

When Bruce Feiler was diagnosed
with bone cancer, he reached out to six
of his friends to play an ongoing role
in his young daughters’ lives.
A gender twist on ‘It Takes a Village.’

Staff Writer

 In the Book of Genesis, Jacob wrestles with an angel one night and comes to a standstill. The angel leaves a mark on Jacob’s thigh to commemorate his struggle. Forever after Jacob walks with a limp. I, too, have a mark on my thigh…

From Bruce Feiler’s Cancer Diary, July 13, 2009


Bruce Feiler’s artistic muses are a pair of birds.

Bruce Feiler’s “The Council of Dads” documents his “lost year,” when cancer sapped his creativity but inspired his latest book.

The Good Life July 2010

Surrogate Fatherhood; How To Retire, Happily; Words Are Their Bond; Have Guitar (And Family), Will Travel; Law Students Aiding A Special Clientele; From Ohio To The Old City; Following The Kids To Israel?


The Good Life

Linking the younger and older generations, from here to Israel.



Staff Writer

 Manhattan’s Most Sophisticated Rental Property –
The Corner at 200 West – Offers 45 Unique Layouts,
Top-of-the-Line Amenities and a 10,000-Square-Foot Roof Terrace.

Rising 20 stories and located on the iconic corner of 72nd Street and Broadway in the heart of the Upper West Side, The Corner at 200 West is Manhattan’s newest and most sophisticated residence, providing a magnetic addition to the luxury rental market. Open just three months, the property has already leased more than 50% of its 196 apartments. 

The Greening Of Apt. 9-D

One Upper West Side family’s experiment in sustainable living.

Special To The Jewish Week

The heat arrived earlier than expected this June with the type of humidity that caused our thoughts to hang inside our heads like a damp heavy cloth. It looked like we were going to have to break our family’s “no air-conditioning” policy, made four years ago at the time almost everyone, including our kids, discovered global warming. As the proprietor of Beacon Hardware waved his hand across the mammoth air conditioner that we would need to cool our apartment, we caught the corner of each other’s eyes. No way. We weren’t going to be defeated, yet.

The author with her husband and two children at East Hill Farm in New Hampshire, which raises and preserves rare breeds of farm

Inside The Gay-by Boom Family

Q&A with Susan Goldberg,
editor of ‘And Baby Makes More.’

Staff Writer

 Susan Goldberg and Chloë Brushwood Rose’s new LGBT parenting anthology “And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families” (Insomniac Press) is not about Jewish families, per se. However, many of the contributors weave Jewish issues into their stories. 

A freelance writer and blogger (www.mamanongrata.com), co-editor Goldberg and her partner, Rachel, live in Thunder Bay, Ontario, with their two sons, ages 5 and 3. Both boys have the same donor, Rob, who lives in a different city but visits often.


CBST’s ‘Gay-by Boom’

The gay and lesbian synagogue in the Village is, despite
the challenges, welcoming an explosion of children.

Associate Editor

 This fall, when I embarked on a quest to find a Hebrew school for my kids, I did not expect one of the top contenders to be Congregation Beth Simchat Torah.

We are gay-friendly and the proud aunt and uncle of an adorable baby with two mommies. But my husband and I are straight — and CBST, after all, has the distinction of being the world’s largest lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered synagogue. 

All-In-The-Family Hebrew School

Pilot ‘Yerusha’ program seeks new level
of engagement for kids and their parents.

Associate Editor

 On an unseasonably hot Sunday afternoon in May, Karen and David Nathan are in their Princeton, N.J., backyard with their two children and four other families. 

But instead of barbecuing or chatting, the parents are watching as the kids, ranging in age from 5 to 14, prepare to act out a story from the Talmud.

Justus Baird, a soft-spoken entrepreneur-turned-rabbi, passes out the short scripts and divides up the parts — which include Elijah the Prophet, God and Old Man with Two Myrtle Branches — among the 11 children.

Parent Esther Rose, left, leads a session while Ezra Edelman, Eli Nathan and Laila Finkelstein listen.

Chai Culture

18 New York experiences every Jewish kid should seek out before adulthood.

Special To The Jewish Week

 At least once a season, I stumble upon an event that reminds me of why I continue to make my home in New York City, despite high costs and tight space. The encounter generally takes me by surprise, reminding me of the rich culture that waits around so many corners.  

Get stuffed: Yonah Schimmel’s on the Lower East Side caters to kids with its pizza-flavored knish.
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