Koch On Israel, Obama, The GOP Field, Etc.

Editor And Publisher

Ed Koch, the three-term mayor of New York (1978-‘89), will be honored by Beit Morasha, the Jerusalem-based educational center, on Jan. 25 for “public service, leadership and commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish people” at a special event and dinner at Guastavino’s in New York City.

Beit Morasha will inaugurate the Edward I. Koch Center for Public Policy and Jewish Ethics at Beit Morasha’s Robert M. Beren College, which supports research and advanced seminar programs on the connection between public policy and Jewish values.

At 87, Ed Koch is still outspoken, still feisty, still a bipartisan politician and unabashed supporter of Israel.

Among My Mother-In-Law’s Pots and Pans

Special To The Jewish Week

To have known my mother-in-law was to have tasted her cooking.  Unfortunately, I never did.

I was an enigma to her, and she to me, from the very beginning.  With the former Yugoslavia in the throes of violent civil war, I found myself — an observant, then twenty-something girl from the Upper West Side — in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, in the fall of 1992. Her son and I met in the local Jewish community center, where I spent my days at work with Jewish refugees from neighboring Bosnia and he volunteered between medical school exams. 

Merri Ukraincik

Lag Time

Travel Writer

A frenzy of chatter greeted the recent announcement that Virgin Galactic would begin offering commercial flights into space for $200,000. Those wishing to see Planet Earth from afar may have to wait until later this year, when space flights are expected to take off from New Mexico.

Virgin Galactic’s announcement about its space trips got our frequent flier thinking about time and travel.

Ten For ‘11

An American year in kosher wine.


From the arrival of distinctive Californian Syrahs to the opening of wineries in such unlikely places as Oregon and Virginia, 2011 was a good year for American kosher wine. If the year bore any surprises, as I looked back over my tasting notes, it was the realization that many of the best wines were domestic. Indeed, nine of the wines on my personal top10 list were made in the United States

Herzog’s Cabernet Sauvignon, left, and Yarden’s Merlot are near the top of kosher wines produced in 2011.

Lemon Curd Linzer Torte

Enjoy a seasonal citrus dessert that will wake up your taste buds.

Online Jewish Week Columnist

I love lemon desserts. Given a choice between chocolate and lemon, I'd go with lemon 3 times out of 5 (not based on scientific data). And in the winter months, when fresh fruit isn't always all it's cracked up to be, lemons will continue to wow with a pop of flavor.

Lemon Curd Linzer Torte. Photo by Amy Spiro

Rabbinic Moments Of Reprieve: What Makes It All Worth It

Jewish Week Online Columnist

For a variety of reasons. the pulpit rabbinate is a high-stress job.

First of all, and most obvious, I would think, you have to deal with more illness, cosmic unfairness, death and dying than almost anyone else except physicians.  Being on call 24/7, and having to be strong and composed for others who are suffering and/or grieving exacts a tremendous toll in both the short and long run.  Taking care of one’s own inner life as a rabbi is an under-appreciated challenge.  The accumulated grief wears you down.

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

The Power Of The Music Of The Night

Jewish Week Online Columnist

So, you know how there are tons of melodies for “Adon Olam?” You may not have ever thought about it before, but there are so many out there. Yes, each congregation may default to one or another, but the words to “Adon Olam” can be fit into many modern tunes. As rabbinical students in Jerusalem, we used to do a sing-down game where two teams would compete to see how many melodies to “Adon Olam” we could come up with (yes, this is what we did for fun).

Rabbi Bellows serves as rabbi of Temple B'nai Torah in Wantagh. A graduate of Brandeis University, she was ordained in 2004.

Tim Boxer At Jerusalem Foundation Benefit

Jeiwsh Week Online Columnist

Oftentimes a funny story can make a penetrating point. Mark Sofer said that when he was Israel’s ambassador to India he attended a performance of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The program included Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, commonly known as the Unfinished Symphony.

He noticed that in the first movement there were 20 violinists playing. “Only 10 would do,” he concluded. “If Schubert had taken seriously what I’m saying, he would have finished the symphony.”

Tragic Anniversary In Berlin

Staff Writer

Before Jan. 20, 1942, the name Wannsee meant luxury in Germany.

It was the name of a lake with a bordering beach in a Berlin suburb, where the country’s upscale citizens vacationed.

Since that date, the name means tragedy.

An infamous conference of 15 top Nazi officials, who came together that day to make “necessary preparations in regard to organizational, practical and material measures requisite for the total solution of the Jewish question in Europe,” took place at 56-58 Am Grossen Wannsee, across from the beach.

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