What's Trust Got To Do With It?

Jewish Week Online Columnist
During one of our many girl talks, with topics ranging from boys to basketball, my daughter Sophie gave me a very special compliment: “Thank you for always telling me the truth.”

Couscous-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

A fun vegetarian dish for the nine days.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

It’s a common complaint during the nine days – “There is nothing to eat! Let’s order pizza?” Truth is it is truly not hard to get through what amounts to a week of meat-free fare if you get a little inventive. How about a crispy tofu salad? Some Chana Masala?

Couscous-Stuffed Zucchini Boats. Photo by Amy Spiro

The Road Taken

Special To The Jewish Week

I was lost. 


If you want to know the truth, I’ve spent most of my life lost, and I’m not being profound.

Which explains why I got completely turned around somewhere in Afula.

Of course, I blamed the map. Where was that sneaky little Route 71 that the map had so magnanimously promised? And why, instead, was I stuck at a fork in the road with two other choices that eluded me?

Naturally, I turned to the gentleman in the car next to me for help.

Abigail Pickus

A Memorable Evening

Editor And Publisher

Two “mind-opening books,” and their authors’ approach to writing them, were explored last Tuesday evening at a Jewish Week Literary Forum held at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on the Upper West Side.

Photo by Michael Datikash

At The 9/11 Memorial, A Symbol In The Cross Hairs, So To Speak

Staff Writer

In the weeks before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on the site of the former Twin Towers is taking shape in Lower Manhattan — and one item slated for the permanent exhibition is drawing particular, and sometimes negative, notice. American Atheists, a nonprofit organization, has filed suit against the inclusion in the memorial of a 17-foot-tall steel cross — two construction beams — that was discovered in the rubble of the World Trade Center.

AJC’s Marc Stern: “World Trade Center Cross” could be seen as neutral memorial to 9/11 tragedy, depending on how it is displayed

Urbane In The Andes

Travel Writer

There was a time when a vacation in Argentina automatically meant Buenos Aires. The country’s capital city — home to tango, Latin America’s biggest Jewish community and a third of the Argentine population — was, for many North Americans, the only place on the tourism radar.

The Bodega Salentein guesthouse is located in the heart of Mendoza’s wine country. Courtesy of Bodega Salentein

Meet Joseph Dorman, Director Of "Sholem Aleichem, Laughing In The Darkness"

Joseph Dorman is director of a riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness" tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Dorman calls Sholem Aleichem the "grandfather of all Jewish comedians today."

How Jesse Met Joyce

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Tying the knot is not the first choice of every couple these days. Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch got hitched in part because of the grandchildren.

A new trend in retirement is for couples to live together outside the marriage bond. In fact, unmarried seniors living together are the fastest growing segment of cohabitants in the United States. People don't want to put up with loneliness. They want to live together. But they are likely to remain unmarried to avoid tax issues and inheritance questions.

Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch

Summertime And The Camping Is Jewish

Jewish Week Online Columnist
Extra! Extra! This week’s article comes to you directly from the Union for Reform Judaism’s Crane Lake Camp (http://cranelake.urjcamps.org/), in West Stockbridge, MA!
Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Mustard Roasted Potatoes

Spice up your Shabbat table.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Potatoes are one of my all time favorite foods. Doesn’t matter if they are roasted, mashed, fried, baked, or in a nice latke or kugel – I can’t resist them. And while they’re delicious with just a little salt and pepper, it is also nice to add some other flavors and spices to them.

Mustard Roasted Potatoes. Photo by Amy Spiro
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