How Mark Met Becky

10/09/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

He’s a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, but still takes orders from his mother.  “Mark,” she said, “You must ask out Becky – she’s Jewish and cute; she’s a physical therapist; and she has dimples.”  How did his mom know about Becky Rosenberg?  “She noticed her on my Facebook page,” replied Mark.

Mark Schwartz and Becky Rosenberg celebrate their first anniversary next month.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

A quick treat, flavored for fall
10/04/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I've spent 8-12 hours making certain desserts, and I can honestly say I love it. But there are plenty of times I am sick of the kitchen, and would prefer to whip up something that takes about 15 minutes. Enter these muffins. With the fall-friendly flavors of apples and cinnamon and the ease of mixing everything in one bowl with a whisk, you'll make these again and again.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins. Photo by Amy Spiro

Of Savages And Civilized Men

10/03/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

By the time this article is published, much will already have been written and spoken about the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s very crude ad that was placed in the most public of New York City spaces -- our subway system.

“In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Memorial At Ukrainian Killing Field

10/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

For two days in 1941, in the period between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, a ravine on the outskirts of Kiev became of symbol of the Holocaust’s murderous cruelty.

Photo By Getty Images

History On The Harbor

10/02/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

For all the city’s vaunted history, what’s most compelling these days about Baltimore is shiny and new.

That would be the tasteful, decades-in-the-making redevelopment of the Baltimore Inner Harbor, as successful an urban-renewal project as any I’ve ever witnessed.

Much has been written about the myriad malls, chain eateries and middlebrow amusements at the harbor’s core. You can take the snobby approach, or you can let the weekend crowds speak for themselves: few downtowns along the Northeast Corridor boast such a vibrant scene.

Old pirate ships and new condos at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, top. Above, historic Fell’s Point. Photos by Hilary Larson

A Stranger No More

09/27/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

What a difference a few years make, I thought as I made my way home from a friend’s break-the-fast after Yom Kippur.

Two break-fasts, that is, and a third one that I had turned down.

Because nearly four years ago, soon after I had arrived in Israel, I hardly knew anyone. Which is why I felt very lucky to have been invited to break the Yom Kippur fast at someone’s house.

Abigail Pickus
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