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Samuel Adelsberg, 23

Empowering Palestinian micro-entrepreneurs

Staff Writer
06/15/2010

As an Orthodox Jew who grew up in a Modern Orthodox home in Brooklyn, Samuel Adelsberg braced himself for the worst of reactions when he unveiled his new project: An online micro-giving site similar to kiva.org that lends small sums to Palestinian micro-entrepreneurs living in the West Bank who have been vetted by U.S. government-approved microfinance institutions.

Samuel Adelsberg

36 Under 36 2010

Visionaries for a New Era: Thirty-six young innovators who are re-imagining Jewish life here, in Israel, and abroad.

06/15/2010

 In our third annual “36 Under 36” section we shine a spotlight on a new crop of three dozen forward-thinking young people who are helping reshape the Jewish community. They’re revitalizing established Jewish organizations by launching new models of young leadership programs, empowering micro-entrepreneurs here and in Israel, fostering new forms of spirituality, and raising our eco-consciousness.

36 Under 36 for 2010

Bridal Jewelry Going Less Traditional

Special To The Jewish Week
05/26/2010

Jerusalem — On their wedding 

             day, brides wear the most beautiful

     jewelry they can buy or borrow. To the groom, his finance’s deliberations over which necklace or headpiece to wear can feel like an obsession.  

While many Israeli women, especially if they are very religious, continue to choose traditional strands of pearls or a diamond pendant with matching earrings for their wedding day, an increasing number of Israeli brides are going the less-traditional route. 

This Negrin necklace is made of clusters of crystals. Inset: A lyrical necklace from the Hedya Design Studio.

No Texting During The Haftorah!

Welcome to etiquette boot camp for the bar/bat mitzvah set.

Special to the Jewish Week
05/26/2010

Send in your RSVP on time. Don’t show up at the bar mitzvah party in sneakers. And no text messaging during the bar mitzvah boy’s speech.

Has Miss Manners gone Jewish? Maybe not but a growing number of yeshiva day schools are arming their students with such etiquette tips before they take their spin on the bar/bat mitzvah circuit.

The Gifted Child

Special To The Jewish Week
05/26/2010

 When my niece Simone turned 4, I instinctively knew what she would treasure: a set of miniature-sized nail polish in brilliant hues of red and pink. She smiled at those tiny bottles all evening; even with the lids closed, lined up like dolls on our coffee table, they delivered endless amusement. 

The Book on Gifts: "The Book Thief"

Adding Meat To The Kosher Indian Plate

Special To The Jewish Week
05/26/2010

 At certain times of the day, the stretch of Lexington Avenue from 26th to 30th streets is fragrant with the aroma of cardamom, cloves, cumin, ginger and the other spices that fire up Indian cuisine. Taxis park all along the side streets, as their drivers take their breaks in the Indian restaurants, fast-food places, sari and spice shops that dominate the neighborhood known alternatively as Curry Hill and Little India. Diners include couples, colleagues and families, with men in turbans as well as kippot, as several of the restaurants are under rabbinic supervision.

The soon-to-open Shalom Bombay on Lexington Avenue just north of Curry Hill. courtesy of shalom bombay

Celebrate May 2010

Hot Indian food, the quest for the perfect bar mitzvah gift, simcha etiquette boot camp, edgy bridal jewelry and more

05/26/2010

Hot Indian food, the quest for the perfect bar mitzvah gift, simcha etiquette boot camp, edgy bridal jewelry and more

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Hotdogs And Israel: An Unexpected Friendship

05/25/2010

On the corner of Fifth Avenue and Fifty-Ninth Street is a Sabrett hotdog stand, which is usually busy. Especially on Sundays, and particularly during a big parade.

But on this Sunday, May 23, vendor Manuel Ordóñez, a middle-aged native of Honduras, came to realize why business was slow.

After a few hours of standing on his corner, Ordonez realized why he was getting fewer costumers than expected. Many of the parade-goers were observant Jews coming to support the Israeli Day Parade, and they don’t eat non-kosher hotdogs.

Israeli Spectator Wonders Why Thousands Here Saluting Her Country

05/25/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The young woman walking along Fifth Avenue seemed confused. She was from a small country thousands of miles away, yet saw throngs of people in matching T-shirts waving her country’s flag and singing in her native language.

She hesitantly approached us as we stood on the sidewalk, watching the May 23 Salute to Israel Parade. “Excuse me,” she said, in an accent that was clearly Israeli. “Why is everyone walking down the street carrying Israeli flags?”

African-Americans Express Empathy For Israel

05/25/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The annual Israeli Day Parade was not just for about the Jewish community. The African-American community was well represented on Sunday by parade marchers and curbside supporters.

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