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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

Jewish Humor On The Continent

08/27/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

The European Day of Jewish Culture has officially matured, at least by Jewish standards: this Sept. 2, it turns 13.

The event — a continent-wide celebration around an annual theme — has grown in both scope and participation over the past dozen years. This year’s theme is “The Spirit of Jewish Humor,” a particularly appealing topic and one rich with material.

A street in Rome. From Italy to Norway, an effort to demystify Jewishness. Hilary Larson

After The Storm, Tending Brandeis’ Rose

08/27/2012 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

In 2009, Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum announced its intention to close to the public and sell off its acclaimed 20th-century art collection in response to difficult economic times. Eventually, the plan was rejected amid a furious controversy. Now, Brandeis has renovated the museum and, after an exhaustive search, hired a new director, Christopher Bedford, 35, currently the curator of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University.

Christopher Bedford: Brandeis’ art museum, almost shut down three years ago, has a “very bright” future.

A Suicide In The Family

08/27/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Bang!, was the sound I heard in the middle of my sleep. I jumped up, but my husband Matt wasn’t there. I bolted out of bed and ran down the stairs, tears streaming down my face, praying, “Please God, don’t let this be what I think it is.”

I ran into our home office, where Matt might have been working. No Matt. I noticed the door to our garage was unlocked. I ran into the garage, crying, shaking, and there, I saw my husband of 15 years lying on the ground in a pool of blood surrounding his head. He had finally done what he talked about over the years.

Anat Reschke
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