Penn State, Revisited

07/18/2012 - 20:00
jewish Week Online Columnist

With the release of former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s scathing report on the scandal and cover-up involving the Penn State football program, all of those issues that had once been in the category of “alleged” are now pretty much resolved. 

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

Caramel Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

The perfect accompaniment to your dairy Nine-Days meals.

07/18/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

This weekend is the start of the Nine Days, when observant Jews abstain from both any meat products or wine. So while you're switching your chicken and steak for mac and cheese or fried tilapia, you can pair your dinner with this delicious, indulgent cheesecake.

The base and crust are super simple, but topping them with both a swirl of chocolate ganache and sticky caramel brings it to a whole new level. This is one dessert you'll want to bring back throughout the year - and of course at Shavuot.

Chocolate Caramel Swirl Cheesecake. Photo by Amy Spiro

What if the Best Happens? How to Go From Strength to Strength in Work and Life

07/17/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist


Every time I come home from a business trip or vacation, there’s one bag that never gets unpacked: my emergency supply kit. Unlike my regular toiletry bag filled with daily essentials such as contact lens solution, my toothbrush, and Chapstick, this is my “worse-case scenario” gear – for when the you-know-what figuratively or literally threatens to hit the fan.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

How Do Israelis View Secular Humanism?

Rabbi Sivan Maas is the first female secular humanistic rabbi in Israel. In this interview, she explains her role in the community as well as the future of secular humanistic Judaism to Jacques Berlinerblau of Georgetown University.

Signs Of Slovakia’s Jewish Past And Present

07/16/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The tourist above in the center of Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, isn’t taking a picture of the historic, two-spired synagogue that dominated the area since its construction a century ago.

She’s photographing a replica.

As part of a civic project funded by the city and initiated by the Israeli Chamber of Commerce, the empty shell of a synagogue went up recently in Fish Square on the spot where the original Moorish building, torn down five decades ago, once stood.

Photo By Getty Images

Face To Face With Homelessness

07/16/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A man with a long white beard, dressed in rags, comes about an inch away from my face and says, “I’ve been waiting for you.” I try not to act too startled. I had just finished leading a session on spirituality at a day program for the Jewish homeless, and this would be the first of many such conversations, where social norms disappear amid the schizophrenic street prophets of New York City.

Avram Mlotek

Along The ‘Sephardic Path’

07/16/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

I kept meaning to go to Girona. The Catalan city in the Pyrenees is the regional standout on the Caminos de Sefarad (“Paths of Sepharad”), an evolving Spanish network of Jewish heritage sites.

But in June, it was already summery-hot; the beach beckoned, and Girona lies inland. So I headed north along the Costa Brava, toward another, smaller city on the Camino list: Castelló d’Empúries.

Castelló’s charming old town. Hilary Larson

New Alliance For A New Middle East

07/16/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Ephraim Sneh, a retired general in the IDF, served as a deputy minister of defense. A physician, Sneh, 67, was also elected to the Knesset in 1992 as a member of the Labor Party and later served both as minister of health and transportation. He is currently chairman of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue at the Netanya Abraham College and is a consultant with the Israel Policy Forum. The Jewish Week spoke with him recently about the peace process and issues surrounding it.

Ephraim Sneh: Backs coalition of Israel, Jordan, the Palestinians and the Gulf States.

Holiness in the Sand

07/12/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Towels? Sunscreen? Pop culture magazines?

And so my summer ritual with my sister begins – we treasure our opportunities to go to Jones Beach each weekend. We wake up somewhat early (so we can beat those crazy crowds), pack our beach bags, pick up some bagels and coffee, and head south on Wantagh Parkway. Just as we had spent so many summer days on the beach growing up in Chicago, we now made it a special part of our adult lives on the East Coast.

Shabbat on the beach, 2012.

Roasted Peach Crumb Cake

The perfect pairing of luscious fruit and indulgent cake
07/12/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist
Whenever I wander through the market near my home in Jerusalem, I'm drawn - both by smell and by sight - to the mounds of ripe peaches and nectarines snuggled up alongside the plums, grapes, cherries and melons at every fruit stand.
Roasted Peach Crumb Cake. Photo by Amy Spiro
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