New York

From Mrs. Stahl’s To Bialystok

Tracing the humble roots of the knish through its Lower East Side heyday and slow decline.

05/14/2014
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Forget pizza, bagels and burgers: in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City, only one snack ruled the streets: the knish.

In January 1916, a New York Times headline proclaimed: “Rivington St. Sees War: Rival Restaurant Men Cut Prices on the Succulent Knish.” The article chronicled a time when the Lower East Side was saturated with shops hawking the potato-filled dough pocket. Though today only a handful of eateries in New York are dedicated to making the once-ubiquitous street food, the knish remains a touchstone cultural icon of Jewish New York, a topic Laura Silver explores in her new book “Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food.”

Succulent and soulful: Laura Silver’s new book traces the cultural legacy of the knish.  Joan Roth

Cultivating A Secret Resource: Parents

Schools finding that the single most effective tactic for increasing enrollment is something only parents can deliver.

05/14/2014
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When Rhonda Rose enrolled her twin toddlers at Beit Rabban Day School last year, she jumped in with both feet.

Before the school year even started, she was discussing ideas with the Upper West Side school’s marketing director, promoting the school on Facebook and writing articles about it for a day school parent website.

Rhonda Rose, left, at work in her twin sons’ pre-K class at Beit Rabban. Michael Daitikash/JW
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Synagogues Turning To Workouts With Soul

In a bid for relevance, growing number of congregations are stretching to add a spiritual touch to the regular workout regimen.

05/14/2014
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The women in Monica Gordon’s yoga class stretch their arms overhead, and contort their bodies into pretzel-like poses. But in lieu of chanting “om,” the meditative yoga mantra, they say “Sha-lom,” stretching out the second syllable long and low, and there are no sun salutations or Sanskrit recitations.

Hedy Weisbart teaches Pilates at Beth Sholom in Teaneck, N.J.  Deena Yellin/JW

92Y Taps Non-Jewish Leader. Is That A Problem?

Timms’ appointment raises questions in philanthropic world.

05/13/2014
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When the 92nd Street Y announced recently that it had hired a new executive director, Crain’s New York Business went with an eye-catching headline: “It’s a goy! 92nd St. Y picks first non-Jewish chief.”

New 92nd Street Y executive director Henry Timms.Via Twitter.com

Biblical Commentary Coming To Your Therapist’s Office

Avivah Zornberg’s textual criticism about the self in relation to others is showing up in unorthodox places.

05/13/2014
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Lucy Slurzberg, a relational psychoanalyst and couples therapist, offered a struggling couple a book of biblical commentary by Avivah Zornberg, bringing their attention to the story of Adam and Eve. “I did this so they could share the ability to live with uncertainty and find their humanity as they explored their darker side and their quest for passion,” Slurzberg told The Jewish Week.

Avivah Zornberg: Some psychoanalysts are using her biblical insights to counsel couples. Joan Roth

Former 92nd St Y Leader Apparent Suicide

Ousted after scandal, Adler discovered by wife days after successor appointed.

05/11/2014
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Sol Adler, the longtime head of the 92d Street Y who was ousted last July in a corruption scandal, was found hanged Friday in his Brooklyn home.

Sol Adler was found hanged in his home. Via wn.com

Everyone’s Favorite Rabbi

An overflow crowd gathers to celebrate Rabbi David Ellenson, and his career.

05/09/2014
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If you polled New Yorkers active in Jewish life and asked them who among their leaders was most beloved, it’s a fair bet that Rabbi David Ellenson would top the list. With good reason.

Rabbi David Ellenson

Rabbi David Wax Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping in Agunah Case

05/08/2014
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New Jersey Rabbi David Wax pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges as part of a scheme to force an Israeli man to give his wife a get.

Marking A Special Bat Mitzvah In Queens

05/07/2014
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In a twist on the traditional pre-bat mitzvah volunteer project, several dozen mothers and daughters will gather Sunday morning to do a chesed project in honor of a girl who will not be able to attend, or take part in, her own bat mitzvah ceremony.

Study Suggests Fixes For Israel Detachment

The road to affinity with Israel runs through relationships with other Jews, wherever they are found, study says.

05/07/2014
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Between a quarter and a half of all day school students feel detached from Israel. To fix the problem, it may actually be more helpful for students to see their parents serving on the board of the local JCC than for the family to visit the Jewish State.

A child’s affinity with Israel grows from ties with Jews from afar, be it Haifa or Hartford, a study found. Michael Daitikash/JW
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