Tangled Up In Thread

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week
The dress was perfect. Light worsted yarn woven into glowing blue and green medallions, it fit that elusive category of “transitional” clothing. And, just before Thanksgiving, it was on sale. I didn’t care if it was held over from the summer or orphaned from the fall season. I bought it immediately, threw out the sales slip and put the dress away for the spring. Passover, or maybe Shavuot, I thought.
Michelle Friedman

Mini lemon tartlets

Try baking this refreshing summer dessert this weekend
06/21/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist
I love mini desserts. And I love lemon desserts. It clearly goes without saying (but when did that stop me from talking) that I love mini lemon desserts. And these tartlets really fit the bill. While any dough that you make yourself will taste better than a storebought one, in a pinch you can certainly use frozen pie crusts and make the super-quick filling in the microwave for a still-impressive dessert.
Mini lemon tartlets. Photo by Amy Spiro

Uniting New York Jews Of Foreign Origin

We had the opportunity to attend the JICNY and speak with founder Jodi Samuels, honoree Alana Shultz, and Sivan Hadari about what it means to be an international Jew in NYC. 

Uniting New York Jews Of Foreign Origin

We had the opportunity to attend the JICNY and speak with founder Jodi Samuels, honoree Alana Shultz, and Sivan Hadari about what it means to be an international Jew in NYC. 

Jewish, Beyond Belief: Why Behavior Matters

06/20/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist
As a native New Yorker, I know that my hometown is famous for many things, ranging from bagels to Broadway. But earlier this summer, our city made national news for a novel, awesome phenomenon:
Deborah Grayson Riegel

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
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