Cooking for Passover

Take the fear out of feeding your family on the holiday
03/29/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

There is one word that inspires the most fear in Jewish housewives across the world: Passover. But Passover doesn't have to be scary, in fact it doesn't have to be that much different than your cooking throughout the year. To prove the point, here are some recipes from the Nosh Pit over the past year that can be made for Passover with little or no adaptation.

Dishes for Passover. Photos by Amy Spiro

At 101, Remembering The Lost Girls

03/26/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory went up in flames. Within 20 minutes, the lives of 146 workers, mostly women, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants, had been lost. One hundred and one years later, Fashion Institute of Technology students took a few hours out on March 21 to chalk the names and ages of the victims on the sidewalk near their school, located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street amid the remnants of New York City’s once-bustling garment district.

Photo By Michael Datikash

AMIT: Educating Against All Odds

03/26/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Earlier this month, as Katyusha rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Beersheba, children there went on learning, thanks in part to AMIT, a network of religious Jewish schools. Currently operating 98 schools, youth villages, and surrogate family residences across the country, AMIT, founded in 1925, serves more than 25,000 students. Seventy percent come from low-income homes and/or struggle with educational, psychological and social risk factors. During a recent visit to New York, Dr.

Amnon Eldar: A career with AMIT schools in Israel began with a newlywed working experience there 30 years ago.

The Search For An Unleavened Life

03/26/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

He is a character from a story I’ve read, but I can only recall the description of his humble, bearded image, not the plot in which he finds himself a player. He comes and goes, an apparition here to foretell or forewarn, and each time I see him, that is precisely what he does. 

We share an annual ritual, he and I, in the kosher aisle of our local market. On an inclement February day, while filling my cart with reinforcements for an impending snowstorm, I spot him — without warning — out of the corner of my eye.

Merri Ukraincik

Still Reinventing After All These Years

03/26/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

We all think we know Fort Lauderdale, a sunny winter escape as familiar to many of us as the Upper West Side.

Fort Lauderdale is the airport we fly into (Miami is strictly for international travel, and then only reluctantly). It’s the spring break of myth, the destination for Chinese food at Christmas with the grandparents. More recently, halted cranes and foreclosures have added an unsettling note to these palm-lined boulevards.

The Fort Lauderdale skyline at twilight. Photos courtesy of visit Florida

The Smile Experiment

03/22/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It was a simple idea, really: a tear-off sheet, like the ones you always see advertising “Guitar Lessons” or “Housecleaning Services.” Instead, I was going to offer “Free Smiles.” I saw a posting for something similar on the new social media site, Pinterest, and I decided to make one of my own.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Winter Citrus Fruit Salad

Enjoy bright flavors all year round
03/21/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Winter can sometimes be seen as a quiet season for fruit - none of the gorgeous berries, mangos, watermelons that color the summer months. But there is really tons of fruity flavor to be found in January, February and March - in citrus! Oranges, grapefruits, mangos, lemons, limes - all packed with flavor. The tart sweet flavors are perfect in savory applications, like this citrus green salad. Chunks of fresh fruit pair well with greens and a citrus vinaigrette tops the whole thing off.

Winter Citrus Salad. Photo by Amy Spiro

Camp Ramah Nyack 50th Anniversary Gala

Ramah Day Camp in Nyack's 50th Anniversary Gala was a magical evening with over 300 guests in attendance, time with old friends, lots of reminiscing, dancing and the spirit of Ramah.

Tim Boxer At Friends of the IDF Dinner

03/21/2012 - 20:00

One of the supreme joys in Mir Hadassi’s young life was when she and her parents converted to Judaism in Holland and made aliya. “From the very first moment I saw Israel I fell in love,” she said. Her devotion to the nation intensified when she did her military service in the north which came under rocket fire during the first Lebanon war in 1982.

At the same time she met her husband Yossi and, after army service, settled in Kibbutz Merhavia (where Golda Meir first lived when she arrived in 1921).

Confronting Historical Anger: Reading Sh’foch Chamat’cha

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

In my years as a camper at Camp Massad Bet in the 1960’s, each and every camper bunk had to select a name for itself based on the name of a real place in the State of Israel. It then had to produce a plaque -– a shelet, in Hebrew-–that would represent the place/name it had chosen. When all the plaques were completed, there would be a competition to decide which was the best.  All the bunks would gather together, and a representative from each bunk would have to explain --  in Hebrew, of course -- the symbolism of what appeared on the plaque.

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