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What Is Moishe House? Building Involvement Learning And Leadership In Great Neck

Moishe House was founded in 2006 and has quickly grown from four friends hosting Shabbat dinners for young adults out of their home in Oakland, California, to 46 thriving centers of Jewish life, spanning 14 countries.

Making A Beautiful Statement

07/10/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

This is the time of year for unique beauty contests in Israel.

Last week in this space: the annual Miss Large competition for hefty participants.

This week: Miss Holocaust Survivor, which was held in Haifa.

The first such pageant featured 14 entrants — not a “miss” among the wives and mother and grandmothers — who were chosen from some 500 women, age 74-97, who wore accessorized black evening gowns while walking on a red carpet.

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Shelter From The Storm

07/10/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The moment after my 7-year-old boards the camp bus, I’m off, sprinting toward Central Park, where my feet pummel the uneven earth of the Bridle Path, where my head pounds, and my troubles slowly retreat as I gain speed. Some days, I pray, too; silent pleas to a God I hope is listening.

Elicia Brown

Jewish History Unearthed

07/10/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

It takes patience and a little imagination to explore the narrow, hushed streets of Barcelona’s Jewish District. Deep in the Gothic Quarter, the medieval heart of the city, more than a thousand years of Jewish history reveals itself in tiny fragments here and there, like a scavenger hunt.

Barcelona’s Antiga Sinagoga, in the Jewish “Call.” Photos by Hilary Larson

What Makes A Jewish Leader?

07/10/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Misha Galperin, president and CEO of the Jewish Agency International Development, has just written a book called “Reimagining Leadership in Jewish Organizations: Ten Practical Lessons to Help You Implement Change and Achieve Your Goals.” It is his second book for Jewish Lights Publishing. The first was “The Case for Jewish Peoplehood: Can We Be One?”

Misha Galperin: The duties of lay leadership need to be better defined in Jewish organizations.

Beauty Title In Israel? Fat Chance

07/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In some places, women who gain a few pounds lose their beauty pageant title.

In Israel, only the hefty need apply for one beauty title

The annual Miss Large competition took place recently in Beersheba, and Vered Fisher, center, a former member of an intelligence unit in the Israeli Army, was declared the winner. She weights nearly 250 pounds.

The pageant, which is limited to women who weight at least 80 kilograms (176 pounds), annually draws about 20 entrants who appear in casual wear and evening gowns. The winner gets a diamond ring and modeling contract.

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A Cemetery’s Righteous Gentile

07/02/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Anthony Pisciotta is one of Bayside Cemetery’s most dedicated — and seemingly most unlikely — volunteers. He lives 15 miles away, has no family buried there and is not even Jewish.

Anthony Pisciotta: Committed to cleaning up Bayside Cemetery.

Can We Talk?

07/02/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This time the cabbie’s name was Mordechai.

Moti for short.

“Ask me anything,” he said from behind the wheel, after he so graciously accommodated me by stubbing out his cigarette.

It turns out he’s a Jerusalemite. Born and raised. Grew up in Bakka, in fact. That’s right, on Reuven Street, that wide boulevard with the trees planted down the middle.  

“Really,” he urged me, “Ask away. Anything.”

I thought for a moment. Where to begin?

Abigail Pickus

The New Jewish Heritage Push

07/02/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Five hundred years after Spain expelled its Jews, it wants them back.

I stepped into the brilliant sunshine of a plaza in Catalonia, and the first thing that caught my eye was a banner — in Hebrew. Above it, in Catalan, read the translation: “Noah’s Ark: A Holiday Exhibition” at the Museum of Miniatures and Microminiatures.

Besalú, an enchanting village in the shadow of the Pyrenees. Hilary Larson

Early Ideas For Chanukah Gifts

As the holidays approach its time to get the ones you love the perfect gift. We had the opportunity to attend the CEA Line Show NYC and got first hand look into the newsiest and innovative products and gadgets on the market today.

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