Where Snow Is Always Welcome

Travel Writer

Few of us welcome snow in New York, where it perhaps looks picturesque for a half-hour in the park — but then mostly just snarls up commutes, collects in dirty piles on the corner and fouls up sidewalks with slush.

The slopes of Bansko feature quality skiing at reasonable prices.  Wikimedia Commons

Where Art And Politics Are Intertwined

Special To The Jewish Week

When I was first invited, along with 30 other Hillel directors (mostly from North America, but also from Germany, Russia and Israel) to travel around Israel this winter, I assumed that the trip’s purpose was to help us to deal with the mushrooming BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, and to empower us to advocate on campus for the Jewish state. But because many of my colleagues on the trip had visited Israel dozens of times, largely through staffing Birthright trips, the idea behind the trip was broader; it was to expose us to elements of Israeli society that we had not encountered before. Thus, the bulk of our time was spent learning not as much about Israeli politics as about Israeli culture. Yet by the end of the trip, I was to discover that Israeli politics and culture are so interwoven as to be almost impossible to separate.

Ted Merwin

Inside An Unlikely Marriage

Editor And Publisher

One of the reasons that legendary Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, the epitome of Establishment society, decided to marry Lucinda Franks, a journalist and radical hippie almost 30 years his junior, four decades ago was seeing her take on a society woman who made disparaging remarks about Jews at an evening party when the couple was dating.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Three Israeli Pals Take Shakshuka To City Streets


About a year ago, Israeli friends Josh Sharon, Solomon Taraboulsi and Gabriel Israel moved to New York to pursue professional dreams: Sharon and Taraboulsi to prove themselves in real estate, and Gabriel to attend the Culinary Institute of America in upstate Hyde Park.

Josh Sharon, Solomon Taraboulsi and Gabriel Israel with The Shuka Truck in Midtown.  Courtesy of The Shuka Truck

A Shell Of A Time

Travel Writer

On my first visit to Sanibel Island, the skinny, kidney-shaped isle just off the coast of Ft. Myers, Fla., I learned about the “Sanibel Stoop.”

A Sanibel Island beach.  Hilary Larson/JW

Becoming A Man In Zagreb

Special To The Jewish Week

It was, at first glance, a scene out of a Yiddish folktale, transposed from the Old World shtetl to modern-day Zagreb. There were rabbis and healers, plot twists and turns, a small miracle, even the requisite chickens. And just when I thought it would remain a vision from the pages of my imagination, the pictures that flashed on my iPhone confirmed it was real. 

Merri Ukraincik

'Dear' Barack, It Wasn't Random

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Dear Mr. President:

Over the past two weeks, to the consternation of a good many of my colleagues and friends, I have strongly defended both the integrity of your office and the legitimacy of your dismay with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu by publicly, and unequivocally, calling upon him to cancel his forthcoming address to a joint session of our Congress. For a wide variety of reasons, chief among them the insertion of Israel as a wedge issue in American politics and the public contempt being shown for you and the material support that you have shown Israel throughout your presidency, I believed the Prime Minister to be making a serious mistake.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

A Girl From Rio Meets A Guy From Brooklyn

Two people who refused to settle reap the rewards of their patience: a wedding, and a baby on the way.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Can you really find your soul mate?

Guests hoist the happy couple aloft. Leticia Schwartz/JW

Choosing Life Over Death

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who campaigns in the U.S. for Muslim women’s rights by raising awareness of female genital mutilation and violence against women, was honored in December by American Friends of the Open University of Israel at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

Ingeborg and Ira Rennert at the Open University gala. Tim Boxer/JW

‘Disruptive’ Artwork in Paris

Staff Writer

Is coexistence dangerous?

It was last week, for one artist in Paris.

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