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A Branch Of Russian Culture In Queens

11/29/2011
Staff Writer

Its official name is the Forest Hills Spa, but to most of the people who come to the small building on a Corona side street for a massage or a shvitz, it’s the Russian banya.

That’s Russian for steam bath.

The spa, one of a half-dozen such vestiges of the former Soviet Union in New York City, is a reminder of home for the émigrés who grew up with frequent visits to a banya, where they would lie on wooden benches while steam rose from water poured over hot rocks and a masseuse would flay away with leafy branches.

Photo By Michael Datikash

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Guest of honor at Children Of Chernobyl Dinnner

11/28/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The Spielberg matriarch, Leah Adler, was there. Her daughters Nancy and Sue Spielberg, were there. But son Steven Spielberg was nowhere to be seen at the annual Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) dinner Nov. 21 at Chelsea Pier 60.

Emcee Jon Voight explained that Spielberg was in Richmond, Virginia, shooting “Lincoln.”

“I thought Lincoln was shot already!” Nancy exclaimed.

Tim Boxer

Reinvent your turkey!

Use up your Thanksgiving leftovers in some fun recipes

11/25/2011
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Congratulations. If you've made it this far, you've survived Thanksgiving. And since there's a good chance you have some leftover turkey sitting around in the fridge, I'm here to help you use it up in some more exciting ways than a sandwich.

When your turkey is cold, remove it all from the bones and shred it in to nice-sized chunks. At this point you can toss it in to any green salads to turn them in to a meal, use it in soups to make them heartier or mix with your favorite sauce and serve it on bread for a pulled turkey sandwich.

Reinvent your turkey!

Of Pilgrims and Native Americans: The Enduring Power of Myth

11/23/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As I walked down the hall of my synagogue towards my office earlier this week, I was distracted by the happy sounds of young children having themselves a very good time.  I detoured into the room where our Nursery School had gathered for a “holiday feast,” and everyone- faculty and children- was in costume.  There were Pilgrims, and Native Americans, and even a few turkeys thrown in for good measure.  I couldn’t help but smile- such a sweet scene!

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

Asher Yatzar: The Wisdom of our Bodies

11/23/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

It’s easy to let opportunities for gratitude pass you by. Many of us might find it easier to talk to God when we need something, but then forget to express appreciation when things go well. We might get frustrated or angry when life doesn’t go as planned, yet not take a moment to pause when things are, well, just fine.

Rabbi Bellows is rabbi of Temple B'nai Torah in Wantagh. A graduate of Brandeis University, she was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2004.

Friday Night In Isfahan

11/22/2011
Staff Writer

Murray Koppelman, a money manager who lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, visited the Iranian city of Isfahan recently on a “pleasure trip,” went to the city’s main synagogue for Friday night Shabbat services and photographed this scene of Iranian Jewish life shortly before sundown.

At the bima, in the traditional Iranian sanctuary of the Yaakov Synagogue, one of three Jewish houses of worship he visited in Isfahan, stands a young member of the congregation.

Photo By Murray Koppelman

My 15 Minutes With Steve Lawrence

11/22/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Two years out of college, I was on my third office job, in the fundraising department at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

I was the only religious girl there, the one with the long sleeves and calf-length skirts, the one who mumbled blessings under her breath, the girl who didn’t flirt with anyone. Not that anyone tried to flirt with me. The Israelis had written me off as Other — that religious American who’d moved to Israel a few years ago. Anyway, the secretaries had little status in the hospital hierarchy. People’s eyes glazed over me.

Ruchama King Feuerman

Is Turkey Kosher?

11/18/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Q:  I’ve heard that turkey may actually not be kosher. Is that true?

A:   From a halachic/ethical standpoint, it is 100% kosher.  Or not. 

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
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