Early Ideas For Chanukah Gifts

As the holidays approach its time to get the ones you love the perfect gift. We had the opportunity to attend the CEA Line Show NYC and got first hand look into the newsiest and innovative products and gadgets on the market today.

Chinese-Jewish Relations: The Mitzvah of Saving Face

07/02/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I am writing this at 5 a.m. from my hotel room in the Haidian District of Beijing, steps from the West Gate of China’s most famed institution of higher learning, Peking University (“The Harvard of China”) —and I am completely exhausted. It’s not from jet lag — as this is my fourth trip in as many years, I’ve figured out how to adapt to the new a new schedule quickly.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Meeting Gilad Shalit

07/02/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As the President of the Rabbinical Assembly, I was privileged to participate in a small lunchtime reception welcoming the recently liberated Israeli prisoner of war Gilad Shalit to New York. The reception was sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the umbrella organization whose constituent members had played an integral part in the international campaign to gain Shalit’s release.

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

How Gilad Met Adi

07/01/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Adi Kain, a hip 29 year-old, was not going to wait for a proposal.  She was with the right guy and ready for the relationship to move on.

They met at a fashion event in Tel Aviv. Adi went up to the bar for a drink, and a cute guy started to chat her up. Gilad Carmi worked in high tech and Adi was a project manager for a property development group.

That same evening, Adi received a text message from Gilad. Within days, they had their first date. “It was great,” recalls Adi. “We both love the beach and enjoy good wine. And we talked for hours.”

Adi Kain and Gilad Carmi, married in October.

The Ballad Of The Single Female Rabbi

06/28/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 There are so many amazing aspects to being a rabbi. It is a privilege to join people during their most special lifecycle moments (those of joy and of sorrow), to help draw them closer to our heritage and to the divine, and to mark the Jewish year with meaningful ritual. I truly love it, and my life is enriched because of being a rabbi. I have never once regretted taking part in this holy work, except…

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Innovative Projects For Creative Minds

The Ongoing Failure Of Israel's Chief Rabbinate

06/26/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Some years ago, the immediate past Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Ismar Schorch, publicly called for the elimination of the office of the Sephardi and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbinate in Israel. If memory serves me correctly, the New York Times called him on it, referring to his suggestion as rash and impolitic. At the time, I agreed.

But I have to admit, Rabbi Schorch's suggestion is looking better to me by the day.

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

Beef Lo Mein

Taste a classic Chinese dish from the comfort of your home
06/26/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I'm a good Jew. And by that, I mean I love Chinese food. Even not on Christmas, I develop cravings for crispy egg rolls, wonton soup and sweet and sour chicken. And while it's nice to order in and line up those little cardboard containers on the table, it's also nice to be able to cook at home sometimes, which is where this recipe for beef lo mein comes in.

Beef lo mein. Photo by Amy Spiro

From Dr. Ruth To Ladino Songs

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer
From Tanglewood’s 75th to 80 years at the modern-dance mecca Jacob’s Pillow, it’s a season of anniversaries in the rolling green hills of the Berkshires.
Picnickers on the lawn at Tanglewood. Courtesy BSO

Shavuot, Samaritan Style

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Did you know Shavuot was last week? You knew it if you were on Mount Gerizim, the biblical site on the West Bank near Nablus. The Samaritans, descendants of Jewish tribes who were exiled from the Promised Land nearly three millennia ago and who observe aspects of the ancient Israelite religion and culture, start counting the seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot on the first Shabbat after Pesach, instead of on the second night of Pesach, the Jewish tradition. Hence the Samaritan Shavuot always falls on Sunday — June 24 this year.
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