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A Brand New Day For The Reform Movement

06/12/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Hundreds of us – Jews of all ages, nationalities, sexual orientations, and backgrounds – moved in unison. Our right arms reached backwards towards the past, then we each moved both hand, reaching forward toward the future, grasping at it, and bringing it close to our hearts. Choreographer Liz Lerman led the group in a symbolic dance that expressed many of the feelings of the group as we celebrated the installation of incoming URJ President, Rabbi Rick Jacobs.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows.

Viewing Wisconsin’s Battle From A Labor Perspective

06/11/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Barely a month goes by when Stuart Appelbaum isn’t quoted in one of New York’s daily or weekly newspapers. But it’s a small wonder when one considers how many hats the 59-year-old Appelbaum wears.

Stuart Applebaum: President Obama’s re-election is “best insurance for union members’ well being.”

Wiesel Meets With ‘Write On’ Students

06/11/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, in an intergenerational dialogue with seven current and former participants in The Jewish Week’s Write On For Israel program Monday evening, encouraged young people to fight indifference.

“The opposite of love is not hate,” he said, “but indifference. Apathy is the downfall of … life; it cannot be an option.”

Photo By Michael Datikash

Honor Thy Father?

06/11/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I hated Father’s Day when I was a kid. In the stormy family stew that was my almost-daily diet, “Father” meant “Sid,” and that meant trouble.

Susan J. Gordon

Old World And New Collide

06/11/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

According to that most scientific of sources, Wikipedia, the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area in Germany is the fourth-largest metro area on the Continent — eclipsed only by such marginally European burgs as Moscow, Istanbul and London.

In other words, Rhine-Ruhr is the industrial heart of the country lately in the public consciousness as Europe’s economic engine. A drive through this West German sprawl reveals the scale of German enterprise — and a devotion to the local beer, Kolsch, that borders on obsessive.

The market in Cologne’s Old Town. Courtesy www. koelntourismus.de

Chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies

Try your hand at these tasty, pretty delights
06/07/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

There are times I want to spend 10 minutes mixing up a cake, then toss it in the oven and serve it later straight from the pan. And then there are times I like spending a couple hours in the kitchen, creating a special baked good that will wow people's eyes as much as their taste buds. This is one of the latter times.

Chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies. Photo by Amy Spiro

When The Teacher Becomes A Student

06/06/2012 - 20:00

As I write this, I am winging my way back from California- Camp Ramah in Ojai, California to be exact- and three days of a rabbinic retreat called "Beit Midrash in the Hills."  The program was sponsored by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, part of the American Jewish University of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly, the professional organization of Conservative rabbis, which I currently serve as president.

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

Hillel's Big Night

Hillel is enhancing Jewish life on campus around the globe. We attended Hillel's Renaissance Award Gala honoring Randall Kaplan and Kathy Manning. We spoke with the honorees, Wayne Firestone, President of Hillel, and Hillel members about how Hillel is transfoming campuses around the globe.

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