In Warsaw, A Show Of Support For Israel By Polish Christians

01/26/2016 - 18:28
Staff Writer

In Warsaw, “march” came in January. A march in support of Israel, that is.

On a sunny, cold day, several hundred Poles, most of them Christians, made a nearly two-mile trek through the streets of the capital earlier this month to show their support for Israel during what the organizers called the current “third intifada.”

Photos By Baruck Kulig

It’s All About Tradition, On The Stage, And Under The Chuppah

01/22/2016 - 11:34
Jewish Week Online Columnist

At the wedding I attended in Washington last weekend, I had a rare and precious chance to sit with my wife, among the guests, as a guest.

It doesn’t happen all that often. Most commonly, I am at weddings as the officiating rabbi. I’m worrying about who has the rings, do the bride and groom remember their lines, is there a glass to break under the huppah, and other details that people just assume take care of themselves. But in this instance, as a long-time friend of the bride’s parents, I could just sit back and watch the warmth and charm of the traditional Jewish wedding work its magic. And I was, anew, amazed at how arcane rituals that Jews have been practicing for literally thousands of years can still resonate with such rich meaning in this very different time.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Knead-y Event May Be A World Record

01/19/2016 - 17:36

Take 1,000 pounds of flour and 7,000 ounces of water, fold in 1,000 eggs and what do you have?

Photo By Benams Photo

Operating On Faith

01/19/2016 - 12:09
Special To The Jewish Week

Last spring, I consented to a surgical face-off with a medical condition that had left me with no other options. Still, it had taken serious convincing for me to overlook the risks and pin my hopes on the procedure’s life-changing potential.

Merri Ukraincik

Peres: ‘You Cannot Answer A Knife With A Knife’

01/19/2016 - 11:50

Last month, rumors flooded the Internet that former Israeli President Shimon Peres was dead. True to form, the man who tirelessly trumpets his country’s high-tech sector took to Facebook to clear the air.

Shimon Peres: At 92, still active, despite a recent mild heart attack. Getty Images

Art Scene Leads Renaissance

01/19/2016 - 10:57
Travel Writer

Tel Aviv — The grungy walls of South Tel Aviv are splashed with color and visual playfulness: two-story-high monsters, fantastical creatures smoking pipes, Technicolor clowns. Punctuating the imagery are lines and lines of scrawling Hebrew text, gashes of black on dingy concrete, arresting the eye at street level.

Street art in South Tel Aviv that has helped spark a cultural renaissance in this long-neglected district.  Ross Belfer

When Every Need Is Pressing: Meeting With An NYC Councilmember

01/13/2016 - 13:28
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Through the good offices of my local New York City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, I had the opportunity some months ago, along with the local Jewish leadership of Central Queens, to meet Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, the Councilwoman from neighboring Corona who also currently serves as the Chair of the powerful Committee on Finance of the New York City Council. Although the meeting was not organized for the purpose of advancing individual pet projects, it nonetheless attracted, as one would expect, a great deal of interest among local Jewish leaders.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Multi-Cultural Program Collects Blood Donations

01/12/2016 - 17:48

Sometimes the participants in the multiethnic, multireligious programs sponsored by The Bridge dance together. Sometimes they sing together.

Courtesy of The Bridge Project

Where Movies Matter

01/12/2016 - 16:17
Special To The Jewish Week

Watching “Cinema: A Public Affair,” a new documentary by the German-Russian filmmaker Tatiana Brandrup that is playing in the New York Jewish Film Festival, I was reminded immediately of something that Aviva Weintraub, the festival director, said in an interview with this newspaper two weeks ago.

George Robinson

A Mayan Paradise

01/12/2016 - 15:45
Travel Writer

I remember being confused when I started hearing about Belize. Everyone was going there, and the name sounded sort of familiar, but where was it? Why couldn’t I place it?

The Mayan pyramid at Caracol. Wikimedia Commons
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