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Greener Day For Jewish Community

Jewish Greening Fellows program seeks ‘cultural change’ on environmental awareness.

Associate Editor

At his first meeting with other Jewish Greening Fellows, Kenneth Soloway said, “You should know, I’m not a tree hugger.”

Greening Fellows during a field trip to a Staten Island paper recycling plant.

Incubating Summer Fun

From sports to technology and business to ‘wellness,’ Jewish foundation will offer campers new specialty camp experiences for 2014 season.

Associate Editor

So, your son is too busy with his startup ventures to bother with color war? Your daughter is happier in a science lab than in front of a campfire? The idea of your organics-only child exposed to S’mores and bug juice makes you queasy?

That’s no reason not to send the kids to Jewish overnight camp.

Or at least it won’t be as of June 2014, when four new programs are slated to hatch from the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)’s second “specialty camp incubator.”

The URJ's Six Points Academy is one of the most popular of the five specialty camps launched in 2010.

At Or Zarua, New Leader And Membership Push

Rabbi Scott Bolton is serious about Torah, the arts and Jewish learning — and he also likes tossing a Frisbee.

Staff Writer

During recent late Shabbat afternoons, some members of Congregation Or Zarua on the Upper East Side saw an unexpected sight on the northeast corner of Central Park’s Great Lawn — their rabbi, in sneakers, throwing a Frisbee around with other members of the congregation.

“I’m an outreach kind of person,” says Rabbi Scott Bolton.

Fly Them To The Moon

In holiday sermons, rabbis use the story of the recently departed Neil Armstrong and other news events to start Jewish conversations.

Staff Writer

‘One small step for man,” one giant metaphor for rabbis.

When it comes to detecting where the cultural and religious winds are blowing in the Jewish community, there’s no better barometer than the Rosh HaShanah sermon, the one time of the year when the faithful (and even the not so faithful) pack the pews and when rabbis try out their purplest prose in a bid for relevance.

Space for him in rabbis’ sermons: Neil Armstrong will be the subject of many High Holy Days pulpit remarks this year. Getty Imag

Jewish Week Travel Writer Gabe Levenson, 98

Sense of Jewish history and literary allusions filled his columns.

Managing Editor

Gabe Levenson, The Jewish Week’s longtime travel writer, who teased out poignant and lyrical Jewish stories from Aruba to Zurich, Brussels to the Berkshires, died Aug. 23 in Great Barrington, Mass. He was 98.

Gabe Levenson: In his hands, travel writing was about more than mere destinations.

Silver Seen Likely To Overcome Harass-Payout Flap

Long-serving Assembly leader admits mistakes as ethics panel probes $100G hushed settlement.

Assistant Managing Editor

As he admits “mistakes were made” in the decision to quietly pay out a six-figure sum to two women claiming harassment by a powerful Brooklyn assemblyman, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is riding out the storm while attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week.

State Assembly Speaker for 18 years, Sheldon Silver.

Gefilteria Gets Kosher Seal In Time For Rosh HaShanah

Associate Editor

It could have been a Yiddish curse for religiously observant foodies: May your gefilte fish become upscale, artisanal and hip ... but not be certified kosher.

That’s what happened this spring, when much-buzzed-about gourmet versions of the classic Ashkenazi dish began appearing around New York.

Gefilte fish is going upscale without forgetting its kosher roots.

Controversial Rabbi Pushes Back Against RJC Claims

Staff Writer

Lynn Gottlieb, a Jewish Renewal rabbi whose belief in fostering peace is so strong — or misguided — that she led two peace trips to Iran in 2008 and publicly spoke of the need for peace at a dinner here with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been branded a “radical rabbi.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition bestowed the description in a press release that called on Rabbis for Obama to remove her name from a list of more than 600 rabbis who have endorsed the president’s re-election.

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

Genesis Prize Funds New Generation Of Social Entrepreneurs

Last year’s winner uses $1M prize to support tikkun olam projects from millennial innovators.

Staff Writer

A veteran of coexistence activism around the world, Tarek Elgawhary, an Egyptian Muslim who lives in Washington, was looking for a project to improve relations between Israeli and Palestinians. “You need to speak to this guy Ben,” friends told him.

Michael Bloomberg, announced winners of his Genesis Generation Challenge grants. Courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies

Brooklyn Survivor, Spoke At Schools

Staff Writer

Frances Irwin, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who frequently spoke to school groups about her wartime experience, died in Brooklyn on May 3 at 93.

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