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Education January 2011

The Revolution in Teen Outreach: From synagogues to public high schools, new programming to lure a new generation. Plus: American students flocking to Israeli med schools, and a bold new model for Hebrew schools.
01/10/2011 - 19:00
Education January 2011

We’ll Turn Manhattan Into An Isle Of …

Flying from Israel to New York for a date? Looking for some sizzle, from the Morgan to the latest Woody Allen flick.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

It was a Jewish Week story that tipped me off to the fortune teller. He was Jewish and had a “branch office” somewhere near Times Square, which is another way of saying he accepted walk-ins from the little stretch of sidewalk he called his own.

At Central Park

Planned (Single) Parenthood

Single mothers bridge the world of play dates and real dates. It can be an emotional balancing act.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

It is a brisk afternoon in early November, and Faith Tomases has dressed accordingly, moving stiffly beneath layers of warmth, her long chestnut hair swept beneath a black beret. But watching Tomases’ daughter Julia, one would expect an entirely different climate.

Faith Tomases and daughter Julia. “You should really get married,” the 8-year-old informs her mom. photos by michael datikash

To Be Young, Gifted And Orthodox — And Divorced

Getting back in the dating game can be very dicey.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

Cheerful and determined, Cynthia Galimidi is ready to find her soul mate — again.

At 29, the Hillside, N.J., resident has started dating again after more than seven years of marriage. Many people are just getting married or starting a family in their late 20s. Galimidi has four daughters — ages 8, 6, 5 and 3.

She knows that’s a daunting prospect for potential suitors.

“It’s been hard, because I’m just learning the rules of the game,” says Michael Zand. photos by michael datikash

A Secret Love No More

Interdating isn’t the boogeyman it once was. Could it actually lead to increased Jewish involvement?
Associate Editor
12/06/2010 - 19:00

Eight years ago, as director of a United Synagogue Youth chapter on the West Coast, Lisa Fogelson came up against Section Five, Line 2.

A few pages into the Conservative youth group’s constitution, in between the expectation that teen officers attend religious services and refrain from drugs and alcohol, is the line: “It is expected that leaders of the organization will refrain from relationships which can be construed as interdating.”

Keren Sachs and boyfriend Landis Kaufman: Interfaith couples group has strengthened their relationship.

Singles Of A Certain Age

For those 40 and above, balancing independence and loneliness.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

Andrew Schiff likes his independence, he says — especially the ability to see friends according on his own schedule and to pursue his many interests and passions, which include baseball and music.

But the 42-year-old resident of the Upper East Side feels lonely at times and hopes to find a partner and raise children — a realization that often strikes him when he leaves his apartment and notices happy couples.

Singles Of A Certain Age

Can Bad Dates Make Good Theater?

Four women writers turn their adventures in singledom into Off-Broadway plays.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

On the Off-Broadway stage these days, the date’s the thing. The Jewish date, that is.

In a quirk of theater programming (and perhaps a collective indictment of the Jewish singles scene, or at least Jewish men), no fewer than four plays of late — all by Jewish women — mine the dating lives of their authors. And they expose some of raw nerves that make dating such a sensitive proposition these days: the pull and peril of online dating, the obstacle posed by religious differences and the thorny issue of Jewish identity.

Rachel Evans, below, “Jew Wish”

East (And West) Of Eden

Singles are discovering that, yes, there is life beyond the Upper West Side. From the boroughs to Teaneck, is geography really dating destiny?
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

Call it The Great Singles Migration. OK, Almost Great.

Liz Wallenstein is one of the new émigrés. The 31-year-old psychotherapist lived in both Washington Heights and the Upper West Side before moving to Flatbush, a Brooklyn neighborhood known more for its kosher pizza options than for an active singles scene.

“I wasn’t in love with the West Side,” said Wallenstein. “I had been there for four years. I felt like I was there because I didn’t know where else to be.

Liz Wallenstein: “I wasn’t in love 	with the West Side.”

First Nights

From tried-and-true to hip-and-trendy, these dating venues hit the spot.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

During that first hour alone with Jeremy, I wasn’t sure of his intentions. He’d suggested we meet at a café. Was romance brewing — or only coffee?

The hip and the frum rub elbows at Basil in Crown Heights.

Tuesday, The Rabbi Went Out

The largely uncharted (an unspoken-of) territory of being single in the clergy.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

There’s probably not another profession, outside of royalty, where the spouse gains a title upon marriage. Even if the traditional role of the rabbi’s spouse, or rebbetzin, has changed considerably in this generation, there’s still recognition of the supporting role a spouse might play, publicly and privately. (And there’s no name yet for the husband of a female rabbi, but plenty of playful attempts like rebbitz-sir).

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