No-Strings-Attached Honor For Young ‘Genius’ Cellist


Last week the 29-year-old cellist Alisa Weilerstein, of New York, was named a MacArthur fellow, one of the country’s most prestigious honors in the arts and sciences. Each of the 22 recipients of the honor, also known as the “genius” awards, receives a $500,000 grant, spread out over five years, with no stipulations attached. The Jewish Week caught up with Weilerstein, the youngest honoree this year, the day after the fellows were announced.

Alisa Weilerstein: Heard news about getting “genius grant” in Jerusalem. “I screamed,” she says.

A Blast Of Culture

Travel Writer

Few places combine the ancient and the novel with as much finesse as Israel. This fall, Israel travelers have several opportunities to experience the familiar in unexpected ways.

Blockbuster shofar exhibit at Bible Lands Museum includes a ram’s horn that belonged to a Buchenwald and Rosh HaShanah Stamps

A Sorry State

Special To The Jewish Week

On rare occasions, she surfaces in my dreams. During these nights, she’s a loving friend, her expressions animated, her laughter loud and long.
In waking life, I haven’t spoken to her since my children, now 6 and 9, were tiny toddlers so demanding that I couldn’t summon the energy to focus on our fight, even as the flames roared beyond control. By the time I was paying attention, our friendship was extinguished.


I’ve Got a Secret: You Don’t Need a Rabbi!!

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Just a few more days….Can you begin to picture it? We will all gather together, in anticipation of the New Year, and the new beginnings that come with it. The melodies we wait for all year will be surrounding us. Our prayers and supplications will rise towards the heavens and we will pray “Sh’ma Koleinu” - that God will hear our voices. The Shofar will wake us from our physical and spiritual slumber. The sweet apples and honey will delight taste buds of all ages.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

In Praise Of Praise


‘Tis the season – the season for overeating, celebrating and gathering. It’s also the season of giving praise, whether to your mother-in-law (ok, to my mother-in-law) for her delectable stuffed cabbage, or to your children for decorating the sukkah with such creative flair, and to God – for His gifts, forgiveness, and patience with us.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Turkey stuffed eggplant

Tuck in to a hearty, healthy dinner

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I'm seeing big beautiful eggplants everywhere I go these days, and while they're delicious as a side dish, they have a hearty, meaty feel to them that is perfect in a main dish. Pairing that flavor with ground turkey results in a wholesome dinner the whole family can enjoy.

When scraping out the eggplant 'innards' - make sure to leave a thick enough shell behind so that the skin can still hold all the mixture you put back in. If you have leftover mixture, you can always form them into 'meatballs' and bake them alongside the filled eggplants.

Shana Tova!

Fasting Before A Marathon

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Q - My brother and I are running the Chicago Marathon which is the day after Yom Kippur. We want to fast, however we have been told that it is unwise to do so the day before running 26 miles. Since this is an ethical dilemma, we need your advice.

A – Well, at the very least, by observing Yom Kippur you could label yourself a “fast runner.” Sorry.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Life In The Rabbinic Fast Lane

Jewish Week Online Columnist




“’Twas the week before Rosh Hashanah…”

At this time of year, I am often greeted by friends and congregants with some version of “this is your busy season, isn’t it?” Accountants like to say that this is “The rabbi’s April.” The teller at my bank this morning, an Indian woman, said benignly, “you have some holidays coming up, don’t you?’

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

The Economist Human Potential 2011- Interview with Lane Greene

We spoke with Lane Greene, International Correspondent for The Economist about how language shapes our economy.

New Wines For The New Year

Special To The Jewish Week

The lead-up to Passover and Rosh HaShanah are the two times each year when kosher wine producers try to bring their new wines to the market. This fall, no doubt in part because of the continuing bad economy, and weak dollar, there are fewer new wines on the market than usual. However, many of the wines that are being released look intriguing.

New Wines For The New Year
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