Honor Thy Father?

06/11/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I hated Father’s Day when I was a kid. In the stormy family stew that was my almost-daily diet, “Father” meant “Sid,” and that meant trouble.

Susan J. Gordon

Old World And New Collide

06/11/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

According to that most scientific of sources, Wikipedia, the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area in Germany is the fourth-largest metro area on the Continent — eclipsed only by such marginally European burgs as Moscow, Istanbul and London.

In other words, Rhine-Ruhr is the industrial heart of the country lately in the public consciousness as Europe’s economic engine. A drive through this West German sprawl reveals the scale of German enterprise — and a devotion to the local beer, Kolsch, that borders on obsessive.

The market in Cologne’s Old Town. Courtesy www. koelntourismus.de

Chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies

Try your hand at these tasty, pretty delights
06/07/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

There are times I want to spend 10 minutes mixing up a cake, then toss it in the oven and serve it later straight from the pan. And then there are times I like spending a couple hours in the kitchen, creating a special baked good that will wow people's eyes as much as their taste buds. This is one of the latter times.

Chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies. Photo by Amy Spiro

When The Teacher Becomes A Student

06/06/2012 - 20:00

As I write this, I am winging my way back from California- Camp Ramah in Ojai, California to be exact- and three days of a rabbinic retreat called "Beit Midrash in the Hills."  The program was sponsored by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, part of the American Jewish University of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly, the professional organization of Conservative rabbis, which I currently serve as president.

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

Hillel's Big Night

Hillel is enhancing Jewish life on campus around the globe. We attended Hillel's Renaissance Award Gala honoring Randall Kaplan and Kathy Manning. We spoke with the honorees, Wayne Firestone, President of Hillel, and Hillel members about how Hillel is transfoming campuses around the globe.

Passes, Rebounds and Assists: Recognizing Those Who Help us Reach Our Goals

06/05/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

This spring, I was not just a soccer mom: I was also a basketball mom and a hockey mom. (What can I say? Some seasons are busier than others.) And as one parent on the bench or bleachers among a gaggle of other moms and dad, I observed adult behavior that was, I hate to say, mostly detestable. I witnessed parents shouting at the refs for making what were, in their subjective opinions, bad calls that favored the other team. I heard adults making derogatory comments about players' skills and appearances. I saw countless parents who clearly believed that the coach needed their help.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

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.
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