Ambassadors For Israel

07/23/2012 - 20:00

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, told about 150 supporters of Write On For Israel, the Jewish Week-sponsored advocacy program for high school students, this week that the program is “essential” to making Jerusalem’s case on college campuses throughout the country.

Photo by Michael Datikash

Body And Soul: An Olympic Struggle

07/23/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

At 4-feet-10, wearing sports goggles, I stood as the smallest captain the eighth-grade basketball team at Yeshivah of Flatbush ever knew.

Like many young Modern Orthodox boys (and girls), I grew up subsumed by sports. I knew the Beckett Sports Card guidebook better than the Bible. When not watching sports, I spent hours on the court, shooting hook shots or making the perfect John Stockton bounce pass. I cried when my team lost, and celebrated in victories I took no part in.

In short, sports was my religion.

Joe Winkler

The Art Of The Mob

07/23/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Las Vegas is hot in July — really, really hot. That didn’t stop the pioneers, though, or the gold miners, or the railroad investors. And it certainly didn’t stop legendary Jewish mobsters like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. They weren’t the types to stop and shvitz when there was good money to be laundered.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened in March. Geri Kodey

A Look At Israel's First Pioneers

Director Dan Wolman's 2010 film "Gei Oni" (Valley of Strength), now being released in the U.S. interweaves a unique love story with the harsh realities of the first wave of Jewish European migration to the Ottoman-ruled Palestine of the 1880's. The film is based on Shulamit Lapid's 1982 novel.

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
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