Steering Conservative Movement Amid Changing Affiliation Patterns

05/14/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center, was last week elected president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative rabbis during its national convention in Atlanta.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik: New RA head says independent minyanim “a measure of our success.”

Next Time Under The Chupah

05/14/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When you’re facing a divorce, you cast about for signposts of your identity. You seek indicators of who you were before, and glimmers of the stronger, more empowered person you hope to become.

In my case, newly separated from my non-Jewish husband, I find myself looking to Judaism for a renewed sense of self. Well, not Judaism, exactly — my relationship with the religion hasn’t changed much. I still go to a Reform shul on the occasional Shabbat, alone, as I have since college.

Wendy Paris

Mile-High Culture

05/14/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Growing up near New York’s Metropolitan Museum, I had no idea how lucky I was to have access to a room full of Clyfford Still’s wild, uninhibited canvases. With their signature vertical drips of paint, they reminded me of the water damage on the wall of our spare room. When I told my dad this, he always said I’d appreciate Still when I got older: “He’s one of the giants.”

Denver Library, Denver Art Museum, top; patrons at DAM; work by Clyfford Still. Colorado Tourism Office

Iced chocolate chip oatmeal muffins

Get your whole grains and your chocolate fix in this treat
05/10/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

When people find out I have a bit of an... obsession with dessert, and that I'm a pastry school graduate, they often have burning questions. They vary, but there's one that comes up again and again: What's the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?

Iced chocolate chip oatmeal muffins. Photo by Amy Spiro

H.A.L.T. Before You Pass Go

05/09/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

A month after we met, my future husband Michael and I took our first camping vacation near New Hope, PA. The flower, the trees and yes, the romance, were all in full bloom. We walked the quaint town's shop-lined streets, hiked some local mountains (fine, hills) and told one another our dreams for the future.

That is, until suddenly and without warning, I became utterly uncommunicative.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Faith Complex: Why The United States Is Not Destined To Decline

The world financial crisis and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led commentators to conclude that the United States is slipping from its position as global hegemon. In this episode of Faith Complex, Robert J. Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, joins new host Mitchel Hochberg to discuss why America is not destined to decline.

Tim Boxer At American Friends Of Tel Aviv Museum Of Art

05/08/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I was sitting with a couple of lawyers at the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art gala the other week at the Pierre Hotel.

Harvey Feuerstein, of Manhattan, proudly mentioned that his son Mark is now in his fourth year starring in “Royal Pains” on the USA network. The 40-year-old actor plays the lead role of the doctor, Hank Lawson, in this comedy series.

Artist David LaChapelle and gallery owner Jim Kempner at American Friends of Tel Aviv Museum gala.

Old Jews Telling Jokes: A First Look

Meet the cast and creators of the new off-Broadway show "Old Jews Telling Jokes."

Open House In Park Slope

05/07/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

On Shabbat, the usual worshipers came to Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope.

The next day, the visitors came.

As part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, the century-old Brooklyn synagogue welcomed people with an interest in the synagogue’s neo-Romanesque architecture, its limestone dome and its stained-glass windows.

Photos By Michael Datikash
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