Educating the Individual Child: Yocheved Sidof


In Lubavitch circles in Crown Heights, Yocheved Sidof is known for being both a “dreamer” and a “doer,” traits she attributes to her Iranian, chasidic upbringing.

Yocheved Sidof

Cultural Relevance in the Public Schools: Ariela Rothstein


When Ariela Rothstein was in high school, she soon came to realize that she was having a very different experience than her brother. “We had different strengths,” she said. She was a nearly-straight-A student while he was more social.

Ariela Rothstein

Seeking Answers through the Spiritual: Rabbi Jessica Minnen

Contributing Editor

Growing up in Kentucky, Rabbi Jessica Minnen learned there are many paths to God. During Minnen’s childhood, her mother, who had married at 19, began a process of questioning that led her to convert to Christianity.

Rabbi Jessica Minnen

Lighting the Way through Art: Rebecca Goldstein Shomair


Buying art can sometimes seem like something only wealthy people do, but it doesn’t have to be that way, says Rebecca Goldstein Shomair.

 Rebecca Goldstein Shomair

‘Slamming’ Judaism’s Critics: Ethan Metzger


After an SAR High School classmate challenged his religious beliefs two years ago, calling Metzger, who was raised in an Orthodox family, “brainwashed,” Metzger answered in poetry.

A fan of the “slam poetry” genre of competitive readings, he defended his upbringing and beliefs in 66 unrhymed lines that praised his parents and ended with the words:

“You can call it brainwashing if you want.

Ethan Metzger

Going Beyond Labels: Mati Esther Engel

Calendar Editor

Mati Engel knows that young Jews are more than a series of labels. And she proved it when she organized a photography project this year that highlighted the insecurities she and her peers face — and stood them down.

Engel was a student at Stern College when she first encountered photographer Steve Rosenfield’s “What I Be” project, in which subjects pose for pictures with their insecurities written on their skin.

Mati Esther Engel

GW To Begin New Program In Jewish Culture And Experiential Education

The Jim Joseph Foundation is giving the university over $1 million for the initiative.

Jewish Week Correspondent

The Jim Joseph Foundation has announced that it will endow George Washington University with a $1.47 million grant to launch a new educational program fusing experiential education and Jewish cultural arts.

Foundation's Programs Will Go On, Despite Closure

FJC will find new sponsors for its various institutions.

Jewish Week Correspondent

The Foundation for Jewish Culture, which announced last week that it will close, said in a press release that it will use the time it has left to find new homes for its programs. 

10 Israeli Artists To Hold Residencies At American Universities

Jewish Week Correspondent

This fall, Israel is exporting not just chocolate or electronics, but a different sort of commodity: artists.

Film Of Cantors’ Poland Trip Goes Flat

‘100 Voices: A Journey Home’ offers little historical context.

Special To The Jewish Week

I feel utterly certain that the new documentary “100 Voices: A Journey Home” is the most exasperating film I will see in 2010. The film, which documents the concert tour of a hundred members of the Cantorial Assembly to Poland, dashes all over the place, offering quick histories of the American cantorate, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, the Yiddish theater, and the personal stories of several cantors and musicians whose families survived the Shoah.

“100 Voices: A Journey Home”
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