Self-Image and the Non-Orthodox World: The Case For Auto-Emancipation 2012

06/19/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

If you’ve spent any serious time in Israel and have traveled to its major cities, you will undoubtedly have noticed that virtually all of them have streets named after famous, deceased Zionist leaders and thinkers. There are countless boulevards, highways and avenues named after Herzl, Ahad-Ha’am, Ben-Gurion, Rothschild, Begin, Rabin, Ussishkin, Arlozorov… you get the picture.

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

Performing The Five Books In One Hour

06/18/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Few sanctuaries are as fabulous as that of the Upper West Side’s Congregation Shearith Israel, also known as the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, where North America’s oldest congregation prays amid marble columns, crimson carpet and soaring balconies.

Determined to fully exploit the space’s dramatic potential, Storahtelling — the nonprofit acting troupe that takes the Bible as its script — took the shul over last week to educate, to entertain, and to pass the hat a bit.

Photo By Michael Datikash

IPF Back In Fray, Amid Dormant Process

06/18/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Peter Joseph is chairman of the Israel Policy Forum, an American organization that serves as the centrist voice promoting a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and strengthening Israel’s security. After a 2009 merger with the Center for American Program in Washington, D.C., didn’t work out, the IPF is now being revived as an organization. Prominent supporters include Reform leader Rabbi Eric Yoffie, Rep. Gary Ackerman, Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt and philanthropist Charles Bronfman.

Peter Joseph: Senses “increasing polarization in the Jewish community over the two-state issue.”

How To Live

06/18/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The last book I bought my grandmother, before she died on the eve of Shavuot, was Sarah Bakewell’s “How To Live, or A Life of Montaigne.” She hadn’t asked for this book, but she was under the impression I might have borrowed her French copy of Montaigne’s essays (she was always overestimating me), and I wanted to get her something Montaigne-like while we figured out who had pilfered les essais.

Daniel Schifrin

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.
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