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You Don’t Look Like A Marine...

03/17/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A few hours after a U.S. Army base in Iraq came under Iranian-backed Shi’ite rocket attacks the other day, Dave Rosner and a few friends showed up. Rosner, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, wasn’t there to fight. He went to tell jokes. Rosner, a wiry, wisecracking native of New Mexico who now lives on the Upper East Side, was part of a stand-up show that entertains troops in war zones. This one was especially tense after the rocket attack, one in which an injured soldier had to be airlifted away for medical care.

Bill Thompson Q&A: ‘We Will Not Take Steps Backward." Slams Bloomberg, Says He Can Get More Anti-Terror Money

10/28/2009 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Democratic candidate says ‘different mayor’ can get more federal anti-terror money; insists a new top cop won’t mean crime rise.

Democratic candidate for mayor William C. Thompson visited The Jewish Week on Oct. 22. Thompson, 56, has been New York City comptroller since 2001, and previously served as president of the city Board of Education, as deputy borough president of Brooklyn and as vice president of the investment firm of George K. Baum.

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‘Kiddie Korner’ Tackles Adult-Size Day Care Need

Licensed Jewish day care centers, especially ones that take tots under 2, are shockingly rare.

10/28/2009 - 20:00

Little Wylie Berman, heeding nature’s call, was christening (so to speak) Kiddie Korner’s new changing table. Hands — and tush —on.

September’s dedication ceremony for the new Chabad day care center in Brooklyn Heights had just ended, the ribbon duly cut by local Rep. Yvette Clarke, and the doors opened to the parents and their children who were to populate it.

Gonzo Berman, 11-month-old Wylie’s dad who handled the diapering, pronounced the infant room’s table good.

At a new Chabad day care facility, teacher Menucha Aron kneads “challah” with toddlers

Day School Alternative Explored In Englewood

02/10/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer
A group of Jewish parents in Bergen County whose application to establish a Hebrew-language charter school was recently turned down by the New Jersey School Board has started discussions with its local Board of Education for a Hebrew-language track in a public school.

Nazi Hunter’s Life: All Grit, No Glamour

02/10/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The ongoing hunt for Nazi war criminals made news last week when evidence emerged that Aribert Heim, the wartime “Dr. Death” in Mauthausen who conducted experiments on prisoners, was given haven in Egypt and presumably died there. Efraim Zuroff has been searching for information about Heim throughout his two decades as director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office.

Sacred Sexuality

01/27/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer
“Oprah’s Rabbi” is back in the sex business — writing about it, that is. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who has spent time learning in Lubavitch yeshivot and leading an outreach center at Oxford University, is the author of  “The Kosher Sutra: 8 Sacred Secrets for Reigniting Desire and Restoring Passion for Life” (HarperOne), his third book on physical intimacy. His earlier books on the subject, “Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy” and “Kosher Adultery: Seduce and Sin With Your Spouse” became bestsellers.

Shuls Facing New Stresses In Recession

01/20/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In a normal year, Rabbi Gerald Skolnik of the Forest Hills Jewish Center begins writing his Purim essay for the synagogue bulletin about a month before the March holiday. This year he’s already turned his thoughts to it, a month earlier than usual. Blame it on the recession. To save money, Rabbi Skolnik’s Conservative congregation has converted the monthly bulletin into a bimonthly one, mostly online now instead of printed and mailed, which means early deadlines for the rabbi and other contributors.

How Soccer Explains The Middle East

12/22/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
British writer James Montague spent three years traveling throughout the Middle East watching soccer games in order to understand the region’s societies — Jews and Arabs in Israel, Arabs and Muslims in the rest of the countries — through the prism of the world’s most popular sport. The result is “When Friday Comes: Football in the War Zone” (Mainstream Publishing), 288 pages of humor, surprises and cultural insights. His chapter on Israel focuses on the interplay of sports and politics, integration and discrimination.

‘Source Of Inspiration’

12/09/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Richard Scheuer, a real estate executive and philanthropist who spent his retirement years in Jewish communal affairs, as an active supporter of several Reform institutions, Israeli archaeology and The Jewish Museum, died on Nov. 7. A resident of Larchmont, he was 91, and succumbed to heart failure after surgery.
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