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Synagogue Rededicated In France

09/03/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

For a century, the city of Mulhouse, in eastern France, was best known for its role in a sad part of Jewish history. It is the birthplace of Alfred Dreyfus, the assimilated French Jewish soldier who was the victim of anti-Semitism.

This week, the Jewish community of Mulhouse made the news in a better fashion — the Grand Synagogue, damaged in a fire two years ago, was rededicated.

Participants in the ceremony included France’s Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim and Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

Photo By Getty Images

Rabin Center Promotes Tolerance And Dialogue

09/03/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Israel will hold a fundraising dinner at the Plaza Hotel here on Sept. 12, honoring New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Peter Ward, president of the New York Hotel Trades Council. Dalia Rabin, the daughter of the slain Israeli prime minister and a former Knesset member who helped create the center, will speak at the event, as will Chelsea Clinton, who will introduce her.

Dalia Rabin: Spreading “message of democracy and tolerance” is “long-term work.”

Unmasked

09/03/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Have you picked up your gas mask yet?”

From her casual tone, you would have thought my friend was asking about the weather. 

But no, she was asking about gas masks, which means war, which means fear, which means (why mince words?) death and destruction.

No wonder I almost passed out right there on Emek Refaim, especially when she specified that the gas mask “kit” also includes a syringe. (Ouch!)

Abigail Pickus

Where Everything Is Big

09/03/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Everything in Texas is bigger, and Texans won’t let you forget it. Talk with a Houstonian about his city and the superlatives just keep coming: it’s the fourth-largest city in the nation, home of the world’s biggest medical center, site of the largest Conservative congregation in the U.S.

Yes, Houston has actual mega-synagogues. Here in the Bible Belt, where churches are mega-churches, synagogues come supersized as well.

Houston’s Holocaust Museum, in the city’s park-side Museum District. Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau

How Yishai Met Tal

09/03/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Yishai Fried agrees with the words of author Mark Twain: “There ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”  Yishai fell in love with Tal Pertzelan while they were traveling in Mongolia.

They didn’t come to Mongolia together as a couple.  Yishai, one of those Israelis who travels a lot, had come to Mongolia in May 2008 via the Trans-Siberian Railway. “Though I often travel alone, it’s not really possible in Mongolia,” says Yishai.

Tal and Yishai.

Mini Peach-Strawberry Pies

Bring a summer favorite down to handheld size

08/29/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Summer might be my favorite baking season, if only for the proliferation of beautiful fruit pies. But pies aren't always the easiest dessert for any occasion - such as when plates and forks are at a minimum. Enter hand pies, which combine the flaky pastry and tasty fruit from pies with the portability of a cookie. And they're adorable.

Peach-strawberry mini pies. Photo by Amy Spiro

Summer Quinoa Salad

Try a colorful, simple grain salad at your next meal
08/22/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Sometimes I pull together inspired dishes, where I plan out days in advance and visit multiple locations to get all the right ingredients. And other times, I rummage through the kitchen cupboards, fridge and freezer to find whatever ingredients I can for a quick meal. This is one of the latter times, but its no less delicious than if i'd planned it for days.

Summer quinoa salad. Photo by Amy Spiro

What Does THAT Mean? Powerful Words We Barely Understand

08/28/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

When it comes to Hebrew, I have mastered a single phrase, ani lo m’daberet ivrit, which means “I don’t speak Hebrew.” The problem is that, while my command of the Hebrew language is severely limited (read: previous sentence), my Israeli accent is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. It leads to a significant amount of confusion on the part of the listener – that disconnect between what I am saying and how I am saying it. I see people look at me with confusion, wondering, “Does she really not speak Hebrew?

Deborah Grayson Riegel

A Jewish Star Shines On Jewish Heritage Day

08/27/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Jewish Heritage Day at baseball games have a long list of established traditions that sometimes occur — the singing of “HaTikvah” on the field, kosher food at concession stands, an opening prayer by a rabbi, the ceremonial first pitch thrown by a member of the Jewish community. Always, there is an increased number of Jewish fans in the stands.

The New York Mets on Sunday established a new tradition — the game-winning, bottom-of-the-ninth, walk-off home run by a Jewish player.

Photos By Marc Levine and JCRC
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