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Budapest Honors Holocaust Memory

07/01/2014
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The Jews of Hungary marked a little-known anniversary recently — the start of the Jewish community’s forced relocation into “Yellow-Star Houses” during the Nazis’ wartime occupation.

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Reconsidering Monica Lewinsky

Should the stain of a youthful mistake last forever?

07/01/2014
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In June’s Vanity Fair magazine, Monica Lewinsky, now 40, asks the world to reconsider who she is. In her essay, “Shame and Survival,” she writes about how, since 1998, when the news broke about her affair with former President Bill Clinton, humiliation has been her constant companion. She calls out women who consider themselves feminists, some of whom piled on the public humiliation of a then-24-year-old while, in many cases, giving a pass to the then 52-year-old Clinton for his behavior. In particular, she cites a gathering of the “New York Supergals” — a group of feminists who met to publicly dish about the scandal after it broke.

Heather Robinson
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The Magic Of Menorca

07/01/2014
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This is not an easy month to be a Spaniard. The vaunted national soccer team, which won the last two major international tournaments, just suffered an ignominious first-round ouster from the World Cup. The royal family is in turmoil as well: public support is at a nadir, with the princess facing legal troubles and the king having just abdicated.

Menorca’s scenic Es Castell harbor in eastern Menorca is part of tourists’ attraction to the area. Hilary Larson/JW

In the Land of the Sick and the Not-Yet-Sick

06/26/2014
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The literary world of New York– and, not insignificantly, the Jewish world as well– lost one its brightest lights in 1988 when Paul Cowan, the renowned weekly columnist for the Village Voice, died far too soon from leukemia. He was only forty-eight. In addition to his brilliant writing for the Voice, Paul had captivated the Jewish world with his book An Orphan in History, in which he chronicled his discovery of his family’s Jewish roots, and his own slow but steady embracing of those roots.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Eli Wallach: The Ultimate Character Actor

06/26/2014
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Eli Herschel Wallach, who died in New York on June 24 at age 98, was expected to follow his brother and two sisters who became teachers. After he earned a master’s degree in education from the City College of New York, he surprised his Polish immigrant parents, Abraham and Bertha, when he announced he’s going to become an actor instead.

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson with daughters Roberta, left, and Katherine. Tim Boxer/JW

A Classic Treat - At Home

Bring homemade oreos to your next event - and be the life of the party!

Jewish Week Online Columnist

For a long time Oreos were a no-go for kosher consumers. Its lard-filled filling was just not going to be on the table for most observant Jews. But in the mid 1990s Nabisco finally replaced the lard, rendering Oreos available for all Jews.

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Cookie:
9 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 1/4 cups (155 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Filling:
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla

Record-Setting Shabbat

2,226 people gather for challah and chicken in a Tel Aviv hangar.

06/24/2014
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On one recent Friday night, the people sitting at some 80 long tables in Hangar 11 of the Tel Aviv Port made kiddush.

Then they made history.

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Making A Case For Funding the Technion

The school boasts unique programs, such as one that integrates science, engineering and medicine to do cancer research, Jeffrey Richard says.

06/24/2014
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Jeffrey Richard of Riverdale is the new executive vice president of the American Technion Society, the national organization that supports the Haifa-based Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Richard, 43, has more than two decades of fundraising experience, including serving as vice president of university development at Columbia University and as an associate director of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. He spoke recently to The Jewish Week. This is an edited transcript.

Jeffrey Richard: Investing in science-centered institutions like Israel’s Technion is a way to “change the world.”

Jewish Culture’s Summer Home

06/24/2014
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When Rabbi Barbara Cohen settled in the Berkshire mountains 34 years ago, the Jewish community was so small that “the joke always was that everybody was related here,” recalled the Long Island native.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Lenox, which hosts a “Nosh and Drosh” text-study group.  Barbara Cohen

‘Fiddler’ For Millennials

06/24/2014
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For their jubilant “Celebration of Learning” last month at their Jewish day school in Harrisburg, Pa., my two younger daughters, Sarah and Leah, performed selections from “Fiddler on the Roof.” My children have done a lot of adorable things over the years, but nothing beats a 9-year-old dressed in a kerchief singing “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” or a 5-year-old shaking her arms and belting out “Tradition.” Little wonder that the most moving number in this month’s 50th anniversary of “Fiddler” gala by the Folksbiene was a parade of New York City schoolchildren, many of whom were not Jewish, doing a tribute to “Fiddler” in Yiddish.

Ted Merwin
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