Short Takes

Where Mincha Goes Ecstatic

06/10/2015
Culture Editor

Come Saturday, one of the longest Shabbat afternoons of the year, Rabbi Jessica Minnen is hosting what may be the city’s first Ecstatic Mincha, an opportunity to pray with your entire body.

Praying with your entire body: Rabbi Jessica Minnen’s Ecstatic Mincha.  Courtesy of Jessica Minnen

A Scholarship That Keeps On Giving

06/10/2015
Editor and Publisher

Dr. Sarit Buzaglo’s career trajectory from high school dropout to computer science postdoc is an Israeli success story she attributes directly to ISEF, the foundation dedicated to giving disadvantaged Israeli youth an opportunity to succeed.

ISEF president Nina Weiner and International Fellow Sarit Buzaglo. Courtesy of ISEF Foundation

Dore Gold: Abbas ‘Could Negotiate With Israel’

06/03/2015
Staff Writer

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could negotiate a peace treaty with Israel if he wanted to, according to Dore Gold, who was appointed last week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Gold is the new director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.  Wikimedia Commons

Cruz A Crowd Favorite At Adelson ‘Audition’

Rabbi Boteach held the third annual Champion of Jewish Values International Awards Gala last Thursday.

06/03/2015
Editor and Publisher

‘Is there a liberal in the room?” One couldn’t help but wonder this while looking around the large ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Midtown last Thursday evening. It was filled with about 1,000 attendees of what could have been called “The Shmuley Boteach Show.” They were loudly cheering a succession of major conservative political figures outdoing each other in their support for Israel, condemnation of President Obama’s foreign policy, and giving voice to the fears about anti-Semitism at home and abroad.

GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.  Getty Images

Training Rabbis For The Future

05/26/2015
Editor and Publisher

‘A 21st century rabbi is uniquely suited to...”

Four rabbinic scholars and practitioners were asked to fill in the blank at a Jewish Week-sponsored forum last Wednesday evening as part of a panel discussion on the role of rabbis today.

Erin Leib Smokler, left, Rabbi David Ellenson, Rabbi Hayim Herring, Rabbi Joy Levitt and Rabbi Joshua Davidson at recent forum.

Crown Heights For The Pluralistic Jew

05/26/2015
Staff Writer

Move over 770 — there’s a new kid on the block.

Taking advantage of demographic changes in heavily Orthodox Crown Heights, Repair the World, a national Jewish service nonprofit focused on food justice and education, announced last week that it is opening a new community center in the neighborhood to serve as a hub for volunteering and community outreach. Nine fulltime fellows, all recent college graduates, will live at the new Nostrand Avenue location and direct programming.

Repair the World’s storefront on Nostrand Avenue will host educational programming and Shabbats. Courtesy of Repair the World

Maimonides’ God In The Age Of Pew

05/20/2015
Editor and Publisher

Is God a Threat to Religion?”

It sounds like a question that could have come out of the newly released Pew Research Center survey of “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” which found a fast-growing number of Americans who are atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.”

Author Michah Goodman at Jewish Week event. Michael Datikash/JW

Jews And Rock: Taking It On The Road

05/20/2015

Like Bob Dylan’s “Duquesne Whistle” train (“I’m gonna stop in Carbondale, and keep on going”), Michael Dorf has an idea for a museum that banks on rock and roll’s penchant for the open road (or track).

From here to Hibbing: Bob Dylan’s journey will be part of new traveling exhibition.

Orthodox Israel Trips Keeping Young Jews Engaged

05/13/2015
Staff Writer

Forget Jew vs. Jew. How about Jew-influencing-Jew?

That’s part of what’s at play in a new study by leading Jewish demographer Steven M. Cohen that looks at the influence of an Orthodox-led Israel trip on non-Orthodox teens.

Teens on an OU-sponsored trip.  Courtesy of OU

New Kosher Cuisine, New Website

05/13/2015
Web Director

Helen Nash has come a long way.

From Siberia to the Upper East Side, from fussy French to frittatas and, most recently, from books to the Web.

Helen Nash just launched KitchenwiseHN.com. “I’m concerned about ease” in the kitchen. Courtesy of Helen Nash
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