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Tim Boxer At Appeal Of Conscience

10/07/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

In introducing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Appeal of Conscience Foundation awards dinner, Henry Kissinger made note of his own public service as National Security Advisor in the White House and Secretary of State in the 1970s.

“The only reason I mention it,” he said, “is because never before and never since has the White House and the State Department been as amicable as it was then.”

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper accepts World Statesman Award from Rabbi Arthur Schneier with Henry Kissinger.

ADL Chair On Monitoring Anti-Semitism

10/05/2012
Staff Writer

Robert G. Sugarman of Manhattan will be completing his three-year term Nov. 15 as national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League. Both his parents and his uncle were longtime ADL leaders, and Sugarman has served as a national commissioner for nearly 30 years.

ADL’s Robert Sugarman: “Anti-Semitism is alive and well.”

We Can't Ignore Iran, Or How We Talk About It, During The Holidays

09/04/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Psychiatrists and therapists are known to commonly vacation in August, making it a notoriously bad time to have an emotional crisis. Most rabbis vacation in July, because once August comes, the gravitational pull of the High Holidays begins to assert itself, and virtually the entire synagogue world goes into pre-crisis mode. It seems to many of my colleagues to be “too close” to the holidays to leave town, even though there are at least four weeks before Rosh Hashanah.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

The Artisanal New Year

Bedouin embroidery, a stoneware honey pot, eco paper garlands for Sukkot: Our annual guide of cool (and socially meaningful) gifts.

09/02/2015
Culture Editor

Start off the new year of studying the Torah with a naturalist’s original and insightful observations on the text. From a noted authority on plants and herbs who lives on a small farm in the Adirondacks, “Seeds of Transcendence: Understanding the Hebrew Bible Through Plants” by Jo Ann Gardner (Decalogue Books) is infused with the author’s deep love and knowledge of the land and native flora of Israel. In her research, she spent a lot of time with the late Nogah Hareuveni, founder of Neot Kedumim, Israel’s Biblical Landscape Reserve. Her clear writing brings together the material and spiritual worlds of the text.

Claire Marin’s Catskill Honey from upstate New York.

The Play’s The Thing At Unique Poconos Camp

09/01/2015
staff Writer

Some of the girls who showed up at the first day of Camp Maor, a performing arts camp for Orthodox teens and pre-teens in the Pocono mountain range of Pennsylvania, were extroverts, veterans of school plays and performances in front of friends and family. Others were introverts, shy kids who needed a shot of self-confidence.

Photo By Maureen Merdinger and Michael Melisky

How Samantha Met Ben

In Israel for a service program, first she got lost, then she found her husband.

09/01/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist

About two weeks after her arrival in Israel, Samantha traveled to the town of Rishon LeZion to visit her friend, Melanie. From the bus station, she called for directions. Melanie, herself a newcomer, couldn’t help, but said that her roommate, Ben, was a runner and knew the city. 

Ben’s cake box held a big surprise. JF Photography/Jessica Frykman

Tourism Notes, From North To South

09/01/2015
Travel Writer

It may be one of the world’s oldest civilizations, but there’s always something new in Israel.

The Negev is an up-and-coming region for Israel travel. Israel Ministry of Tourism

Against The Odds, AHA Nearing 15th Year

The American Hebrew Academy recently announced the establishment of a $150,000 scholarship program.

09/01/2015
Staff Writer

The American Hebrew Academy, a Jewish non-denominational college preparatory boarding school located on a 100-acre site in Greensboro, N.C., will mark its 15th anniversary next year. The school recently announced the establishment of a $100,000 scholarship grant to “help … student applicants who otherwise would not be able to attend” the institution. Students from 28 states and 31 countries have attended AHA since 2001 (current enrollment is 137). We interviewed the school’s executive director, Glenn Drew, by email. This is an edited transcript.

American Hebrew Academy’s Glenn Drew: “Building name recognition” is big challenge.

A Leap Towards Rio

08/25/2015
staff writer

The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in exactly one year in Rio de Janeiro, and one Israeli athlete last week marked herself as a name to watch.

Photo By Getty Images

Where Have All The Cantors Gone?

Demand for chazanut is drying up in many parts of the country.

08/25/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

When Cantor Seymour Rockoff of Kesher Israel Synagogue in Harrisburg, Pa., died last month, it was truly the end of an era. Rockoff had been the last chazzan standing in any of the five synagogues in my community, most of which had boasted full-time cantors for decades. Cantor Sherwood Goffin of Lincoln Square Synagogue eulogized his colleague as being equally at home belting out prayers in shul and performing in the Catskills; he noted that Cantor Rockoff’s own musical compositions ranged from an anthem of the Soviet Jewry movement, “Am Yisrael Chai” (“The People of Israel Lives”), to Allan Sherman-style parodies of classic songs, such as “Cold Chopped Liver” (sung to the tune of Jerome Kern’s “Ol’ Man River”) and “Boro Park” (sung to the tune of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “New York, New York.”)

An old-school cantor's cap.
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