Feeling The Roman Presence

06/18/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

The ancient Romans were an ambitious lot. At the zenith of their empire, they controlled a good swath of the world’s prime real estate, from London and Iberia all the way to Cairo and Jerusalem.

All around the Mediterranean rim, the heart of Roman territory, you stumble across ruins of this once-mighty civilization. The Roman Forum is just the best-known example of a genre whose brick walls, stone burial markers, and still-solid archways are visible from Salamanca to Sofia.

Tarragona’s Plaza del Rey by night. Alberich Fotografs/Tarragona Turisme

Breaking Down The Culture Of Silence

From Penn State to Brooklyn and Too Many Places In Between
06/13/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist


When Henry David Thoreau wrote that “most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them,” he could not have been talking about men who, as young boys, suffered sexual abuse at the hands of supposedly trustworthy adults.  Their song, I think, has been robbed from them.  And their desperation is heart wrenching.

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

Crispy onion chicken fingers

A tasty, kid-friendly dinner idea
06/13/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I may not have kids, but I'm basically a big kid myself, so I like making fun, simple foods that I know children will love. Case in point: these chicken fingers. A little more interesting than simple schnitzel, these strips of chicken are coating in crispy onions which add both a crunch and a nice flavor. Enjoy them by themselves or in your favorite dipping sauce - or even on a sandwich.

Crispy onion chicken fingers. Photo by Amy Spiro

A Brand New Day For The Reform Movement

06/12/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Hundreds of us – Jews of all ages, nationalities, sexual orientations, and backgrounds – moved in unison. Our right arms reached backwards towards the past, then we each moved both hand, reaching forward toward the future, grasping at it, and bringing it close to our hearts. Choreographer Liz Lerman led the group in a symbolic dance that expressed many of the feelings of the group as we celebrated the installation of incoming URJ President, Rabbi Rick Jacobs.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows.

Viewing Wisconsin’s Battle From A Labor Perspective

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

Barely a month goes by when Stuart Appelbaum isn’t quoted in one of New York’s daily or weekly newspapers. But it’s a small wonder when one considers how many hats the 59-year-old Appelbaum wears.

Stuart Applebaum: President Obama’s re-election is “best insurance for union members’ well being.”

Wiesel Meets With ‘Write On’ Students

06/11/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, in an intergenerational dialogue with seven current and former participants in The Jewish Week’s Write On For Israel program Monday evening, encouraged young people to fight indifference.

“The opposite of love is not hate,” he said, “but indifference. Apathy is the downfall of … life; it cannot be an option.”

Photo By Michael Datikash

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
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