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Quinoa Salad With Chicken

A perfectly portable dish that combines protein, grains and fruit.
11/17/2011
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Very often the recipe ideas that appeal to me most are the practical ones - the ones I can pack up in a plastic container, stick in my bag and bring to work, without worrying about it being squished, about it needing reheating or about it needing to be eaten immediately. Plus dishes like this, which combine protein, grains and a little fruit for a well balanced meal, are top on my list of easy dinners.

Chicken, Apple and Quinoa Salad

Volkswagen Gives $1 Million To ADL

11/16/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced a commitment of one million dollars to the Anti-Defamation League to strengthen its anti-bias education efforts and help fight anti-Semitism.

The president/CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Jonathan Browning, made the announcement last week (Nov. 8) at an ADL awards dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria.

Tim Boxer

A Historic Day In Germany

11/15/2011
Staff Writer

A college town/industrial city in western Germany, Speyer has a Jewish history that is about a thousand years old. Its Jewish community, one of the primary sites of Jewish settlement during the time of the Holy Roman Empire, experienced pogroms and expulsions, refuge and rebirth.

Last week Speyer Jewry made history again.

With the president of Germany in attendance, the city’s small Jewish community of a few score people inaugurated a new synagogue, replacing a building destroyed on Kristallnacht 73 years ago.

Photo By Getty Images

The Quieter Caribbean

11/15/2011
Travel Writer

The smallest nation in the Americas still looks, in many respects, the way it must have looked in 1492, when Christopher Columbus glided by.

One of the islands resembled St. Christopher, to his way of thinking, so Columbus named it after himself. The other, a volcanic peak capped with frothy white clouds, looked snowy from afar — “nieves” to the Spanish crewmen.

A peaceful panorama of St. Kitts. St. Kitts Tourism

The Persistence Of ‘The Protocols’

11/15/2011
Staff Writer

“The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” are perhaps the best proof that the Nazis’ “Big Lie” theory — tell something long enough and loud enough, and some people are sure to believe it  is true.
A fabrication of the Russian Secret Police between 1897 and 1903, the documents described a putative Jewish plot to take over the world. Their speciousness repeatedly proven over the years, they continue to fuel anti-Semitism: in Nazi Germany, in communist Russia, in anti-Semitic Arab countries, in the writings of Western racists and so on.

Despite proof that they are a forgery, the claims of the anti-Semitic “Protocols” continue to be believed, even by religious lea

A Persian-American Thanksgiving

11/15/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Thanksgiving Day always brings Bibi to mind. Bibi, which in Farsi means Grandma, was what my children and all her other grandchildren called my mother. She would buy the very largest turkey she could find, tightly stuff it with saffroned Persian rice, bake endless apple pies and always made sure there were grilled corn-on-the cob, bountiful bowls of jumbo sweet potatoes and even cranberry sauce, which was placed smack in the center of the table. Cranberry sauce was totally unappealing to our Persian palettes and every year was left untouched.

Saffron rice and cranberry sauce: The author’s mother and father.

Triple-Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Cookies

Take a big bite of this decadent, chewy cookie
11/13/2011
Online Jewish Week Columnist

If you ask most people what their favorite cookie is, you'll get a resounding: chocolate chip. And while the classic is nothing to joke around about, switching things up with a little hint of cinnamon and three (yes, three!) types of chocolate brings the traditional to an even more exciting level.

Chilling the dough in the fridge before use allows the flavors to develop even further, and baking the cookies until they just have the slightest brown tint gets them to stay deliciously chewy for days to come.

Triple-Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Cookies. Photo by Amy Spiro

The Shame of Penn State

11/11/2011

There are many things in this world that are sad, and there are some things that are sadder than others.  But within that hierarchy, there is nothing sadder, in my humble opinion, than the willful abuse of children.  When those who are least able to defend themselves physically and emotionally are allegedly subjected to the most horrific kind of victimization, then we intuitively know that we have reached the bottom of the barrel of human behavior.  No child should have to suffer that indignity, and live with that shame and psychic pain.

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