Shalom From Fort Lee

Staff Writer

It’s not live from New York, but close by.

Across the Hudson River in Fort Lee, in a large set of studios, Shalom TV broadcasts a fare of Jewish shows on cable television available to 40 million homes around the country.

The network (shalomtv.com), founded in 2003, carries movies and documentaries, Israeli news programs and talk shows, High Holy Days services and singles programming.

Photo By Michael Datikash

For Ex-Major Leaguer, A Hit At The Keyboard


It is a little surprising to look back on Shawn Green’s career in major-league baseball and realize that he played in all or parts of 15 seasons. It is almost as surprising to realize that he retired from the game at 34, only four home runs from surpassing Hank Greenberg as the most prolific Jewish slugger in baseball history. His lifetime batting average of .283 and 1,070 RBIs are also impressive achievements.

Shawn Green's book, "The Way of Baseball," focuses less on stats and more on his spiritual journey.

Artificial Meat: Kosher or Not?

Special to the Jewish Week

 Q -  I recently heard reports about the creation of artificial meat, using with animal stem cells.  To this point, it exists only in a Petri dish, but it's time to start asking the tough questions.  As one who keeps kosher and who is a vegetarian, would this kind of meat would be kosher - and would that be true even for pork?  And since no killing would be involved, could a vegetarian eat this meat with a clear conscience?

A- As they say at Citi Field, it’s time to “Meet the Meats.”

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

A Most Unusual Conversation: The Jewish Week Retreat

Special to the Jewish Week

From noon this past Sunday to noon Tuesday forty-eight hours later, I was privileged to participate in a program called “The Conversation,” held in the lovely Pearlstone Conference Center just outside of Baltimore. Sponsored by The Jewish Week and made possible through the generous support of UJA-Federation, the program brought together some fifty Jews active in one way or other in the Jewish community of New York for what seemed like an odd purpose- to talk to one another.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Sesame Green Beans

A tasty way to enjoy your veggies.

Editorial Assistant

Through a series of misunderstanding and miscommunications, I came to be in possession of a whole lot of sesame seeds. Enough sesame seeds to top two loaves of challah a week for about 10 years. So needless to say, I’ve been looking for some ways to use up my bounty. I made a head start with the sesame chicken nuggets as well as the turkey burgers.

Sesame Green Beans. Photo by Amy Spiro

JCSA: Jewish Professionals On Communal Service

Participants in the Jewish Communal Service Agency's 

Trying To Revive The Labor Party

Publisher And Editor

Erel Margalit, 50, one of Israel’s most successful and wealthiest venture capitalists, is not only going into politics, he’s planning to start at the top. He is running for chairman of the Labor Party in the hope of becoming prime minister. (The Labor elections are scheduled for September.) The Jerusalem-based entrepreneur has helped found the Avoda [Labor] Now movement, geared toward reviving the party that headed every Israeli government in the country’s first three decades; it has declined precipitously in recent years.

Venture capitalist Erez Margalit: Wants to bring Labor back from the political wilderness.

A Smith Comes From Russia

Staff Writer

As a young man in Moscow, Mikhael Izrael was interested in art and sculpture, but he became a scientist, earning a doctorate in physics and chemistry.

“You could not make a living” as an artist, he says. “It was a hobby.”

As an immigrant here three decades ago, he changed his name to Michael and decided to follow his dream.

He taught himself to become a silversmith, and has made his living at that ever since. “My family supported me,” he says.

Photo By Michael Datikash

The Jewish Heart Of A Navy Man

Jewish Week Book Critic

I was born on Father’s Day. Many times over the years, we celebrated my father’s day and my day as one. But this year is different: our day falls just after I finish saying Kaddish for my father.

Jack Brawarsky in uniform during WWII, above, and in the 1990s.
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