Getting Hosed On Independence Day

04/30/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As Israel celebrates its 64th year with joy and a haze of barbecue smoke, it’s easy to feel nostalgic.

After all, the creation of Israel is nothing short of a miracle. To think, on the heels of such destruction, to finally have a country of our own!

That despite the setbacks and the many innocent people who have lost their lives, what a thriving and impressive country Israel is. A real start-up nation.

Abigail Pickus

The Lehigh Valley, A Low-Key Berkshires

04/30/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Years ago, when a cousin became engaged to a doctor with a practice in Pennsylvania steel country, the whole family was anxious. Could their urbane New York girl find happiness in the rolling green landscape of the Lehigh Valley? And would she be the only Jew?

The new galleries at the Allentown Art Museum, top.

New York Tech Day - Mobli

Mobli is an Israeli comapny vying to be the next Instagram, with its ability to share pictures but also videos with friends and strangers.

Vegetarian Lasagna

Enjoy this dish you can serve with any meal, dairy or meat
04/26/2012 - 20:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

This recipe came about becase of my vegetarian friend, Rachel. I always like entertaining, and having people over to feed them. And while I have dairy Shabbat meals on occasion, my default tends to be meat, which doesn't leave much room for vegetarian main dishes.

Vegetarian Lasagna. Photo by Amy Spiro

Confessions Of An Unapologetic Zionist

04/25/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week Online


The first time I ever left the continental United States -- also the first time I ever flew--was when I traveled to Israel for my junior year of college in 1971.

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

Tim Boxer At Park East Synagogue Honoring Rabbi Schneier

04/24/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Columnist

As the New York Jewish community gathered last month at the Park East Synagogue to celebrate Arthur Schneier’s 50th year as the shul’s rabbi, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver proclaimed, “Here’s to the next 50 years.”

“That’s ridiculous!” declared Ed Koch. “I wish you 120!”

The former mayor recalled when he had a stroke in 1987 and the rabbi came to him in the hospital. “Say this prayer after me in Hebrew,” Rabbi Schneier told him.

Irwin Hochberg, Consul General Ido Aharoni, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Malcolm Hoenlein.

Are You a Who, What, How or Why? Understanding Your Communication Style

04/24/2012 - 20:00

"This is crazy."

"How did you do this?”

“Did you call my mother?”

Deborah Grayson Riegel

M.A. in Hand, Facing Down A Dam

04/23/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the arid, steamy Turkana region of northern Kenya, where a desert lake has supported indigenous communities for millenia, it’s Ikal Angelei versus a $60 billion dam that would harm the lake. In what would seem like an extremely unequal war, 31-year-old Angelei is winning battle after battle with help from friends like the American Jewish World Service and the Goldman Environmental Prize, which she received on April 16 on San Francisco.

Keynan activist Ikal Angelei is, with the support of American Jewish World Service.

Presidential Pledge: ‘Never Again’

04/23/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A week after the commemoration of one modern genocide and a day before the anniversary of another, President Barack Obama toured the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington this week and invoked the legacy of the Shoah to pledge government action against future mass murder.

Photo By Getty Images

In The Balkan Countryside

04/23/2012 - 20:00
Travel Writer

I’m increasingly convinced that if you want to really see another culture, especially in the globalized West, you have to get out of the cities and into the countryside.

The central square in Koprivshtitsa, in the countryside east of Sofia. Hilary Larson
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