Fashion With An Agenda

You have a cause you want to promote and you want to rally your community. How do you do it in a innovative and meangful way. We spoke with David Kramer, Founder of NU. Nu is an Israeli organization that is using fashion to help promote causes and make a diffrence. NU Campaign supports global causes & charitable organizations through the sale of unique designer t-shirts.

Bad Behavior that Transcends Tax Brackets

07/31/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I loved the new "Spiderman" movie that opened this past June, and I am equally as excited for the new "Bourne Legacy" flick that will close out my summer. However, it was another film that I saw mid-summer, “The Queen of Versailles”, that will stick in my memory for a long, long time, as the frequently unlikeable real-life stars act out in ways that are a little too familiar for comfort.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Goodbye, Queens; Hello, Okinawa!

07/31/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In previous columns, I have mentioned the fact that my son-in-law, Lt. (jg) Yonatan Warren, is a Navy chaplain posted to Okinawa, Japan. Actually, he is a Navy chaplain posted to a Marine battalion in Okinawa, and he and my daughter Leora have been there since the fall.  

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

Mistakes New Yorkers Make In Europe

07/30/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

There are certain ideas that New Yorkers take as articles of faith. We think of ourselves as the world’s savviest, able to pinpoint the genuine and bypass the second-rate.

But as I’ve spent more time in Europe over the past several years, my assumptions have been upended, one after another, by the way my Continental friends and relatives actually see their turf. Along the way, I’ve made a mental list of these truisms – a catalog of classic mistakes that New Yorkers (or any well-informed American travelers) make abroad.

Here are the top four:

Tourists swarm to Barcelona’s Boquería market, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Ognian Danailov

Fasting Separately, Breaking The Fast Together

07/30/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

After sundown on Sunday, at the end of the day-long Tisha b’Av fast that commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temples in ancient Jerusalem, the more than 200 people who gathered at one Seattle-area synagogue faced east for their evening prayers.

Half of them turned toward Mecca.

Photo by Shana Aucsmith

Mind The Gap

07/30/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

‘I mean it’s nice, it’s really beautiful, but why the need for chain stores here? Like the Gap? Why not only Israeli stores?”

He was American, the fellow making these statements, and part of a group of us Americans ambling through the majestic Mamilla mall on our way to dinner.

Ever been there?

It’s really one of Jerusalem’s nuggets, I have to say, this boulevard of fancy shops and restaurants overlooking the Old City.

Abigail Pickus

Hasbarah 2.0

07/30/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Michael Gerbitz of North Woodmere, L.I., is the founder of United with Israel, a grassroots movement that seeks to spread positive news about Israel through social media.

Michael Gerbitz: Long Island native uses social media to help improve Israel’s image.

Tisha B'Av Thoughts, 2012

07/25/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Regardless of what else is going on in today’s Jewish world, Tisha B’Av- the fast of the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av- and the three weeks that lead up to it- is a sad and dispiriting time.

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

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Camp

07/25/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

All I really need to know, I learned at camp (to borrow a phrase from Robert Fulghum). This may be a slight over-simplification, but it is greatly accurate, to say the least. Just as I did last year, I am writing my current column from Faculty Housing at URJ’s Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA. I arrived a few days ago, though it already feels like I’ve been here for weeks. Immediately, you get sucked into camp culture, you add a bit more pep into your step, and you see the possibilities for fun in everything you do.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows.

How Michael Met Alla

07/25/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Alla Bukler, a new Russian immigrant, had been living in St. Louis for about a year with little time to date. She had two jobs and was a single mom to an 11-year old. But her sister saw an advertisement for speed dating sponsored by the Jewish outreach organization Aish Hatorah. “I was reluctant,” says Alla. But she went to “Aish” and has been grateful to her sister ever since.

Michael and Alla Grafman
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