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

Planning A Unilateral Two-State Solution

05/07/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Gilead Sher, former chief of staff and policy coordinator for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and co-chief negotiator from 1999-2001 at the Camp David and Taba Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, is a co-founder and board member of Blue White Future. The nonpartisan Israeli group, which formed two years ago, calls for Israel to take constructive unilateral steps to advance the concept of two states, Israeli and Palestinian, living peacefully side by side. The Jewish Week spoke with him last week about his provocative proposal.

Gilead Sher: Peace should not hinge on a “last moment” agreement.

Springtime Is Party Time

Turn your next soiree into a wine-tasting party.
05/07/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For me, spring weather calls for two of my favorite things — parties and wine. While I almost always serve wine at my parties, occasionally I like to make wine the focus of a party.

While once viewed as an esoteric activity for only hardcore wine aficionados, wine-tasting parties are becoming a very popular activity for wine lovers of all sorts, novices and experts alike. So for this month’s Fruit of the Vine we share some tips and advice for hosting your next (or first) such party. 

The venue:

Wine-tasting parties are a seasonal pleasure.

The Marrakesh Express

05/07/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

The first thing you may notice about Marrakesh, especially if you arrive in the morning, is how cool and fresh the air is. Here on the desert fringe of the Atlas Mountains, chilly, star-filled nights give way to a searing daytime sun. The antidote to this arid climate, as generations of Western visitors have found out, is a cup of fresh-squeezed juice from a fruit cart.

The Jardin Majorelle, built by the painter of that name, in Medina. Fondation Jardin Majorelle

Risky Surgical Business

05/07/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Almost two years ago, a woman who is dear to me announced she would undergo prophylactic surgery. Her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes was painstaking; as a mother of young children, she didn’t relish the thought of slipping into early menopause, never mind the physical stress of surgery or disruption of her family life. Yet I felt mostly relief.

Elicia Brown

When Noam Married Hagit

05/06/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Everyone expects fireworks when they fall in love.  For Noam and Hagit, the skies lit up on their wedding day – two months ago. But these fireworks weren’t fun. These were rockets fired by Arab terrorists.

Hundreds of rockets from the Gaza Strip were aimed at cities in southern Israel, placing more than a million Israelis under the threat of death.  The IDF had important decisions to make. So did Noam and Hagit.     

Love and war: Noam Blau and Hagit Brodsky didn't let rocket attacks from Gaza stand in the way of their big day.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah – The Power of Ritual

05/03/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 I looked out at their faces: some immensely excited, some already nervous, some obviously bored. I had asked each 12 year old in the room to turn to their parents and to discuss what the family was most looking forward to in the coming year, as they approached the celebration of becoming B’nai Mitzvah. We went around the room, and each family had a chance to answer: “seeing all of our family and friends in one place,” and “the party,” were the most common answers.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Baked Mushroom Wontons

Enjoy a low-fat version of a classic Chinese favorite
05/02/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I love Chinese food - even when it's not Christmas, I get a hankering for the stereotypical Jewish takeout choice. But not all of the choices are exactly diet-friendly... specifically some favorites like fried wontons or egg rolls. But with a little adapting, you can have your wontons and eat them too!

Baked mushroom wontons. Photo by Amy Spiro

Assuming a New Responsibility

05/02/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

For the past six years, I have served as an officer of the Rabbinical Assembly, the 1600-member-strong international organization of Conservative rabbis.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center, and incoming President of the Rabbinical Assembly.
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