Strengthening The Jewish Community's Fight Against The Causes And Effects of Poverty


We had the opportunity to speak with current and former AVODAH fellows about their experience and why they decided to participate in this important inititive. AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps strengthens the Jewish community's fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States.

Sweet potato and chicken shepherd's pie

A lighter take on this comfort food classic
05/30/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Shepherd's pie is the ultimate comfort food. The ultimate meat and potatoes dish - it's heavy and rich and delicious - but not the most waist friendly or summer-friendly food. So here is a lighter version with a mixture of potatoes and sweet potatoes and a tasty chicken base as opposed to the heavier meat version.

It's also a simple dish to make, with just a few ingredients that combine to a sum far greater than their parts. Plus it's a great one dish meal for a weeknight dinner.

Sweet potato and chicken shepherds pie

Tim Boxer At Hebrew U Gala

05/30/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Anything important must fit on one sheet of paper. It’s a principle that Kenneth Abramowitz has fostered in his many years as managing general partner and co-founder at NGN Capital, a healthcare venture capital fund, and before that at the Carlyle Group.

Kenneth and his Israeli born wife Nira were the beneficiaries of the Maimonides Award from the American Friends of the Hebrew University at a recent dinner at the Pierre Hotel.

Carmi Gillon, left, , Chita Rivera, and George A. Schieren, university chairman

Yizkor On Memorial Day: The Layering Of Memory

05/30/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Like most people, I would imagine, my first thoughts upon learning that the Memorial Day weekend here in America would coincide with the festival of Shavuot this year were not happy ones. Three-day weekends are a precious commodity, even for rabbis. Giving one up for three days of Shabbat and Yom Tov was simply not a fair exchange.  I’m sure that I like being in synagogue a little more than the average bear, but really… on Memorial Day weekend?

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

Ramaz Students On Tzedakah’s Cutting Edge

05/28/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Most girls, especially tweens, are not thinking about other people when they’re getting a haircut. It’s a time of life when the pressure to look a certain way, to measure up to the standards of both friends and crushes, is intense.

But last week, a group of about 17 girls, students at the Upper East Side’s Ramaz School, defied that pressure to donate at least eight inches of their hair to Zichron Menachem, an Israeli organization that makes wigs for young cancer patients.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Where Everything Is Negotiable

05/28/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There I was at the bank, when suddenly, one of the employees appeared, talking at me in rapid-fire Hebrew.

It seems she recognized my name displayed on the computer of the banker helping me as she very innocently made her way back to her schmooze corner, I mean, desk, and it was a good thing she did because it turns out she had tried calling me that very morning! Why did I not pick up?

I blinked. This is my new tactic when I don’t understand all of the Hebrew.

Abigail Pickus

Ill Winds

05/28/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

When you travel a lot, sooner or later, a trip ends in the emergency room.

The first time it happened to me was summer vacation, 1986. Violently ill, I received a diagnosis of mild appendicitis at the E.R. and was sent home. When my appendix ruptured the next day, we returned and I was whisked into surgery.

It all turned out fine in the end. And in the intervening decades, rural resort-area hospitals like the one on Martha’s Vineyard have drastically improved, thanks to partnerships with better-equipped affiliates in nearby cities.

Why are we more vulnerable when we’re away from home?

Harnessing Teens’ Leadership Potential

05/28/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Allison Schulman Stamm is pregnant with her first child, but she’s already an expert on the teen years. Youth director at Temple Sinai of Roslyn Heights, a Reform congregation on Long Island, Schulman Stamm, 29, is one of five professionals receiving the Jewish Education Project’s inaugural Young Pioneers Award.

Allison Schulman Stamm: One of five Jewish Education Project “Young Pioneers”

Israelis Showcase High-Tech Innovation In New York

Since the beginning of the technology revolution Israeli companies have set the bar when it comes to innovation. We attended Techcrunch Disrupt in Manhattan and spoke with Israelis who are transforming the way we connect, share and do business.

New Rabbis: The Agony and the Ecstasy

05/24/2012 - 20:00

My son-in-law Yoni Warren, a Navy chaplain in Okinawa, Japan posted to a Marine battalion, has spent the better part of the past week discovering just how difficult and painful a rabbi’s life can be, in uniform or out. A note to help understand this story… In the military, regardless of what corps you’re in as a chaplain, you minister to all military personnel regardless of faith, corps, or any other determinant.

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