Tim Boxer At Appeal Of Conscience

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

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.”

ZOA Dinner: ‘Transform Islam To End Terror’

Jewish Week Online Columnist

The enemy is not Islam. Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, wants to be clear that we recognize the enemy as “militant Islam.”

Mort Klein and Sheldon Adelson. Tim Boxer/JW

Seeking Solace: A Normally Small Interfaith Service Draws Triple The Crowd

Jewish Week Online Columnist

For many years now, the Interfaith Clergy Group of Forest Hills, of which I am a proud member, has sponsored an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Historically, the service has rotated among the participating houses of worship. For reasons of logistics and space availability, this year’s service was held in our sanctuary here at the Forest Hills Jewish Center for the second consecutive year.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Anatevka Dancing, ‘2.0’

Israeli-born choreographer enhances Jerome Robbins’ iconic steps.

Special To The Jewish Week

Bartlett Sher, who is directing the “Fiddler on the Roof” revival now on Broadway, is a master of interpreting classics, having reworked “South Pacific,” which earned him a Tony Award in 2008, and Clifford Odets’ boxing drama “Golden Boy.” For his “Fiddler” interpretation, he has tapped the Israeli-born, London-based modern dance choreographer Hofesh Shechter to tweak Jerome Robbins’ original choreography. The Robbins Estate has granted more freedom to this revival than to most other productions of the musical, offering Shechter new creative opportunities within Robbins’ choreography.  

“I’m looking at the idea of how culture and tradition survive time,” says Hofesh Shechter. Jake Walters

The Prettiest Spanish City You’ve Never Heard Of

Travel Writer

Given the violence rattling the world today, escape is certainly in order. And few escapes are quite so ideal as Las Palmas, a pastel Spanish city in the far-flung Canary Islands.

Christopher Columbus used this mansion in Las Palmas as a base for his Atlantic voyages.  Wikimedia Commons

Taking Up The Torch At AJWS

Robert Bank, a pianist and lawyer who has worked at the agency since 2009, will succeed Ruth Messinger.


American Jewish World Service, the 30-year-old nonprofit organization that supports human rights and anti-poverty activism in the developing world and educates the American Jewish community about global justice, recently announced that in July, Robert Bank, executive vice president, will succeed Ruth Messinger as president. Messinger has headed AJWS since 1998.

Bank, a native of South Africa, moved to New York to study piano at Juilliard. He went on to study law at the City University of New York Law School and worked for the New York City Law Department and Gay Men’s Health Crisis before joining AJWS in 2009.

We caught up with Bank by phone earlier this month.

AJWS’ new head Robert Bank will follow in the footsteps of an icon, Ruth Messinger.

An Ethiopian Holiday Celebrated In Israel


In their homeland of Ethiopia, they marked their unique Jewish holiday, Sigd, on a nearby mountain.

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Gratitude Rising

Special To The Jewish Week

Several years ago, I asked a rabbi who teaches at my children’s day school in Harrisburg, Pa., if he was planning to have a lot of guests for Thanksgiving dinner. “We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving,” he told me. “We don’t need to. We express our gratitude to God all the time through our prayers.” I subsequently learned that charedi Jews are commanded not to observe Thanksgiving (nor even to eat a turkey sandwich on that day) on the grounds that it is centered on recognizing the bounty provided by God in a way that is not exclusively Jewish; it thus smacks, for them, of idol worship.

Ted Merwin

Paris And Jerusalem

Jewish Week Online Columnist

A few days ago, as we were all struggling to regain our equilibrium following the horrific carnage in Paris, an item appeared on Facebook that caught my eye and made me think. It was a simple graphic that read as follows: Paris, 13/11; New York, 11/9; Israel, 24/7.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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