Jewish Week New York Grand Wine Tasting at the City Winery 2012

Wine is critical part of passover. You need to have 4 cups of wine during your seder and there are a lot of wines to select from. We attended the Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting at the City Winery and got an in-depth look into the best kosher wines and liquors on the market today.

Four Isn’t Enough: The Eight Questions You Need to Meet Your Goals

Jewish Week Online Columnist

As a professional coach, I tend to ask my clients more questions than give answers. As a Jewish coach, you have to imagine that the proportion of questions to answers is significantly out of whack. But it works – for me, and for my clients. It works because I believe that, more often than not, we have the creativity, resourcefulness and reserves we need to figure out what we need, and even how to get there.  (Do I ever just give advice? What do you think? Sorry – old habits die hard.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Have a healthy snack, breakfast or dessert!
Online Jewish Week Columnist

These are really healthy muffins. With things like wheat germ, whole wheat flour, applesauce - this is a dessert you can feel good about. And the best reason for that? You'd never know how healthy they were when you eat them.

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins. Photo by Amy Spiro

Faith Complex: Is it Anti-Zionism or Anti-Semitism? | Hannah Rosenthal

An interview with Hannah Rosenthal, the State Department’s Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism around the world.

Hannah Rosenthal, Special Envoy on Anti-Semitism, discusses the global status of anti-semitic discourse with special mention of the current situation in Europe and the Middle East following the Arab Spring in this episode of Faith Complex.

Hannah Rosenthal

Faith Complex: Is it Anti-Zionism or Anti-Semitism? | Hannah Rosenthal

An interview with Hannah Rosenthal, the State Department’s Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism around the world.

The Zamir Family Sheds a Tear

Jewish Week Online Columnist

The extended family of the Zamir Chorale, and its parent organization, the Zamir Choral Foundation, suffered a painful loss last week. Chuck Kleinhaus, one of the original founding members of the choir that would eventually become Zamir, died in Jerusalem after a difficult, courageous battle with cancer. Slowly and painfully, the man who had been the epitome of good cheer, optimism and ageless, easy, gracious charm was humbled and ultimately claimed by a brutal and unrelenting disease.

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

In Jerusalem’s Old City Matisyahu Sports New Look


Recognize the historical landmark in the background? It’s Migdal David, the Tower of David, the two-millennia-old citadel near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the walled Old City of Jerusalem.

Recognize the musical landmark in the foreground?

It’s Matisyahu.

Photo By Getty Images

Watching Syria

Staff Writer

Moshe Maoz, professor emeritus of the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University, is an expert on Syria and Middle East affairs. He is also a former director of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. He spoke to The Jewish Week by phone last week about the volatile situation in Syria and the possible repercussions for Israel.

Q: Is it just a matter of time before Bashar Assad is toppled by his own people like the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen?

Moshe Maoz: The Syrian Army core of Alawite officers fears a bloodbath if the Assad regime is overthrown.

After The Deluge, A Flood Of Jewish Pride


As I sit here in Tokyo reflecting on the first anniversary of the tsunami (it hit last March 11), I recall my surprise the first time a Japanese person thanked me, as a Jew, for Israel’s immediate response to the disaster. It was certainly not the time to instruct that well-meaning person that not all Jews are from Israel — the average Japanese does not make a distinction between them — so instead I proudly basked in the thought of Israel being the first country to come to Japan’s aid with its emergency field hospital.

Antonio Di Gesu

Down East Culture

Travel Writer

The urge to get away for a weekend may be primal, but New York’s sprawl can make it tough to find a true change of scene. A half-hour outside Los Angeles or San Francisco, you leave buildings behind for wild mountains or oceanfront cliffs. A half-hour out of Manhattan, and you’re still mired in traffic.

But with enough patience, I-95 is the conduit to a rustic New England adventure. With a terrific Jewish Film Festival, a Dégas exhibit and last-of-winter discounts, March is the perfect time to explore one of my longtime favorite cities — Portland, Me.

Portland’s harbor is just a stone’s throw from downtown.
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