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All Hands On Deck For Israel

06/04/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A parade is on the street, right? Not always, says Yevgeny Osherov, a Russian émigré via Israel who organized Celebrate Israel’s first counterpart parade on the water this past Sunday. While most Celebrate Israel participants marched up Fifth Avenue, Osherov and about 15 members of his “Russian Yacht Club,” hoisted Israeli flags while sailing together from the Statue of Liberty to the United Nations, where they played Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem.

Photo By Michael Datikash

The App That Binds Ramah Campers

06/04/2012 - 20:00

Once upon a time, you had to wait until summer to re-connect with your camp buddies. Now e-mail, Facebook and Skype make year-round contact quick and easy. And soon, with Ramah 365, a new app being developed by the international network of Conservative movement summer camps, die-hard camp enthusiasts will be able to interact all year from their mobile devices.

The app — funded with a $59,000 grant from the Covenant Foundation — is the brainchild of two Ramah employees: Rabbi Amiel Hersh, 30, and Dana Levinson, 24.

Rabbi Amiel Hersh: Using tech to make all year feel like summer.

The Toll Of Abuse

06/04/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

My friend’s tone was less buoyant than usual. What was wrong? Was it his marriage? Well, yes. 

Elicia Brown

Unspoiled, With Green Gables Too

06/04/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

‘You can’t possibly swim there,” insisted my husband, Oggi, surveying the turquoise waters of Prince Edward Island.

Prince Edward Island is, after all, way up in Canada. It’s further north than Maine, and nobody really swims there except for bears.

The French River on PEI, complete with lobster boats. Tourism PEI/John Sylvester.

How Elli Met Atara

06/03/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“I don’t even love to ski,” says New York endocrinologist, Atara Schultz, who met her future husband at a French ski resort. It was the second such trip for her in a program called KeneSki, which is geared to modern Orthodox singles between the ages of 20-35.

Atara Schultz and Elli Fenner, married August 19, 2010.

So Much Loss

05/31/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It’s been a strange period of time. We rabbis are used to having many different types of lifecycle events throughout the month. We ride along the continuum of a human life, understanding that funerals are balanced by baby-namings, and that B’nai Mitzvah will hopefully lead to beautiful weddings under a chuppah. We visit sick congregants in the hospital, and hope to welcome just as many healed congregants back into our synagogues’ walls.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Strengthening The Jewish Community's Fight Against The Causes And Effects of Poverty

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We had the opportunity to speak with current and former AVODAH fellows about their experience and why they decided to participate in this important inititive. AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps strengthens the Jewish community's fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States.

Sweet potato and chicken shepherd's pie

A lighter take on this comfort food classic
05/30/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Shepherd's pie is the ultimate comfort food. The ultimate meat and potatoes dish - it's heavy and rich and delicious - but not the most waist friendly or summer-friendly food. So here is a lighter version with a mixture of potatoes and sweet potatoes and a tasty chicken base as opposed to the heavier meat version.

It's also a simple dish to make, with just a few ingredients that combine to a sum far greater than their parts. Plus it's a great one dish meal for a weeknight dinner.

Sweet potato and chicken shepherds pie

Tim Boxer At Hebrew U Gala

05/30/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Anything important must fit on one sheet of paper. It’s a principle that Kenneth Abramowitz has fostered in his many years as managing general partner and co-founder at NGN Capital, a healthcare venture capital fund, and before that at the Carlyle Group.

Kenneth and his Israeli born wife Nira were the beneficiaries of the Maimonides Award from the American Friends of the Hebrew University at a recent dinner at the Pierre Hotel.

Carmi Gillon, left, , Chita Rivera, and George A. Schieren, university chairman

Yizkor On Memorial Day: The Layering Of Memory

05/30/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Like most people, I would imagine, my first thoughts upon learning that the Memorial Day weekend here in America would coincide with the festival of Shavuot this year were not happy ones. Three-day weekends are a precious commodity, even for rabbis. Giving one up for three days of Shabbat and Yom Tov was simply not a fair exchange.  I’m sure that I like being in synagogue a little more than the average bear, but really… on Memorial Day weekend?

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