Operating On Faith

01/19/2016 - 12:09
Special To The Jewish Week

Last spring, I consented to a surgical face-off with a medical condition that had left me with no other options. Still, it had taken serious convincing for me to overlook the risks and pin my hopes on the procedure’s life-changing potential.

Merri Ukraincik

Peres: ‘You Cannot Answer A Knife With A Knife’

01/19/2016 - 11:50

Last month, rumors flooded the Internet that former Israeli President Shimon Peres was dead. True to form, the man who tirelessly trumpets his country’s high-tech sector took to Facebook to clear the air.

Shimon Peres: At 92, still active, despite a recent mild heart attack. Getty Images

Art Scene Leads Renaissance

01/19/2016 - 10:57
Travel Writer

Tel Aviv — The grungy walls of South Tel Aviv are splashed with color and visual playfulness: two-story-high monsters, fantastical creatures smoking pipes, Technicolor clowns. Punctuating the imagery are lines and lines of scrawling Hebrew text, gashes of black on dingy concrete, arresting the eye at street level.

Street art in South Tel Aviv that has helped spark a cultural renaissance in this long-neglected district.  Ross Belfer

When Every Need Is Pressing: Meeting With An NYC Councilmember

01/13/2016 - 13:28
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Through the good offices of my local New York City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, I had the opportunity some months ago, along with the local Jewish leadership of Central Queens, to meet Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, the Councilwoman from neighboring Corona who also currently serves as the Chair of the powerful Committee on Finance of the New York City Council. Although the meeting was not organized for the purpose of advancing individual pet projects, it nonetheless attracted, as one would expect, a great deal of interest among local Jewish leaders.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Multi-Cultural Program Collects Blood Donations

01/12/2016 - 17:48

Sometimes the participants in the multiethnic, multireligious programs sponsored by The Bridge dance together. Sometimes they sing together.

Courtesy of The Bridge Project

Where Movies Matter

01/12/2016 - 16:17
Special To The Jewish Week

Watching “Cinema: A Public Affair,” a new documentary by the German-Russian filmmaker Tatiana Brandrup that is playing in the New York Jewish Film Festival, I was reminded immediately of something that Aviva Weintraub, the festival director, said in an interview with this newspaper two weeks ago.

George Robinson

A Mayan Paradise

01/12/2016 - 15:45
Travel Writer

I remember being confused when I started hearing about Belize. Everyone was going there, and the name sounded sort of familiar, but where was it? Why couldn’t I place it?

The Mayan pyramid at Caracol. Wikimedia Commons

When They Say, Don't Go To The Old City

01/07/2016 - 17:52
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Just a few days ago, my wife Robin and I returned from a brief but wonderful trip to Israel. As I wrote in this space before we left, there was no specific business, professional or family obligation that was bringing us there. We just wanted to visit the country that we love, see family and gain a more accurate sense of what it’s like to be in Israel at a difficult and stressful time for the country and its citizens.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Jews ‘Stuck In Middle’ In A Changing Europe

Charles Asher Small runs an organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism "on the battlefield of ideas."

01/06/2016 - 10:48

Charles Asher Small is founder and executive director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). He is also a fellow at Stanford University and a professor at the Moshe Dayan Centre at Tel Aviv University.

Charles Asher Small: Attacks on Israeli policies call for a “nuanced” response.

In Paris, A Tragic Anniversary

01/05/2016 - 16:21

Last January was a black time in the City of Lights.

This week some light is returning to Paris.

Photo By Getty Images
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