Anne, For A New Generation

02/20/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I was unexpectedly moved when, 18 months ago, the chestnut tree outside Anne Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam fell over. Rotting and ancient, the tree collapsed along with its support structure.

Daniel Schifrin

A Portuguese Paradise

02/20/2012 - 19:00
Travel Writer

As you survey the deep blue Atlantic that surrounds Madeira and gaze over volcanic peaks with the scent of orchids in the air, you may feel like you’ve discovered a lost paradise.

Nearly 600 years ago, Portuguese explorers probably felt the same way when they stumbled upon the uninhabited island. There were no humans on these virgin shores — just lush green valleys thick with riotous pink blooms, waves crashing on blackened cliffs and hundreds of colorful birds. Is it any wonder those sun-struck sailors were inspired to pursue the Age of Discovery?

The beach at Porto Santo. cruise ship off Funchal. BEACH: Duarte Andrade SHIP: Francisco Corela

Exotic Mushroom Soup

Try out some new varieties in this piping-hot dish.
02/16/2012 - 19:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I've come to realize that mushrooms tend to be a polarizing food. Most people I know (anecdotal evidence, of course) either love or hate them. Well I fall strongly in the former camp, and I will put mushrooms in just about anything - pasta, chicken, salad - I'm working on a mushroom dessert.

Exotic Mushroom Soup. Photo by Amy Spiro

Tim Boxer At National Jewish Outreach Program

02/16/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Shabbat was the theme of the National Jewish Outreach program’s 18th annual dinner Feb. 13 at the Grand Hyatt in New York. Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, founding director of NJOP, which has sponsored Shabbat Across America and Canada for more than 800,000 Jews since 1996, honored Sen. Joe Lieberman for his book, “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath” (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster).

Hearing Passover's Footsteps

02/15/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Anyone who has seen the movie “Jaws” will surely remember the opening scene.  A woman swims peacefully in the ocean and all appears to be well, until we hear that pulsating, foreboding music.  You can’t see the shark yet, but you know it’s out there, and before too long, it will make its appearance…

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

Helpful Feedback About Hindering Behavior: Part 2

02/14/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Henry Winkler (aka “The Fonz”) once commented: “Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” He makes a good point. Whether it’s a personal or professional relationship, the more that we guess about why someone behaved in a certain way – and then proceed based on our conjectures – the more trust is eaten away. Over time, the foundations of our relationships start to rot, until they crumble completely. And as I’m sure Winkler would contend, that’s not cool.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Songs Of Defiance, Songs Of Life

02/14/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Adrienne Cooper was scheduled to perform “Ghetto Tango,” a cabaret piece, with my father towards the end of January. Due to her illness, the singer, who played a leading role in the Yiddish revival, withdrew three months before the performance, and the decision had to be made whether to cancel the show or continue with different singers. Adrienne and my father decided to proceed. I was asked to participate and did so with a heavy heart.

Avram Mlotek

Thousands Come To YU Book Event

02/13/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For several weeks each winter, between Chanukah and Purim, the Weissberg Commons area of Yeshiva University’s Belfer Hall becomes an enormous book fair. More than 15,000 people — families and singles, children and seniors, Orthodox and non-Orthodox — browse through tables and shelves crammed with discounted books and DVDs and educational software offered for sale during The Seforim Sale sponsored by the Students of Yeshiva (SOY).

Photo By Michael Datikash

A Good Budget Red For Springtime

Reach down under for an Australian Shiraz.
02/13/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When most Americans think of wines made from the classic black grape generally known as Syrah in the Old World and Shiraz in the New, they think of the robust red Shirazes from Australia. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Australian Shiraz was one of the most popular imported wines in America. While in the last six or seven years its popularity has been waning, according to USDA import statistics, America still imports more than nine million cases of red wine from Australia each year (down from a peak of nearly 13 million cases in 2005).

K:Kosher Shiraz is made by a winery in western Australia.
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