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Marketing God

01/21/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

My youngest son, who is a senior in the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in Manhattan, is studying economics for the first time, and he’s finding it fascinating.

His teacher is introducing the basics of marketing, and the dynamics that drive the consumer market. Each student has been assigned to focus on a particular product, and assess how the advertising for that product has shaped the marketplace’s opinion of it, and, of course, sales.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Peanut Butter-Swirled Brownies

A fudgy, gooey, heavenly treat.

01/21/2011
Editorial Assistant

Some things are just meant to be together. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. Macaroni and cheese. French fries and ketchup. And while I frequently break all of these food regulations, there is one I try to create as much as possible: peanut butter and chocolate.

I’m certainly not alone in my love for all things Reese’s-inspired. In fact, I brought a batch of these incredible brownies to the office when former staff writer Sharon Udasin left to move to Israel. She was always asking for this combination, and I was happy to oblige.

Peanut Butter-Swirled Brownies. Photo by Amy Spiro

Schechter’s New Manhattan Home

01/18/2011

For 10 years, like a child of divorce whose parents share custody, Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan Head Steven Lorch, top right, was constantly shuttling back and forth from one home to another, crossing Central Park at least once, often twice, a day.

Now, with the Conservative day school’s nine grades finally united in one permanent space, on the sunny second floor of a brand-new building at Columbus Avenue and 100th Street, Lorch says he can “do the job I was hired to do: be a principal.”

Photos By Brett Deutsch

From High-Tech Biz To Heksher Biz

01/18/2011

The biennial national convention of the Orthodox Union last weekend in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., marked a changing of the organization’s leadership as Simcha Katz, retired head of a technology company he founded two decades ago, was installed as OU president. He succeeds Steven Savitsky.

Simcha Katz. Orthodox Union

Relishing Winter In Reykjavik

01/18/2011
Travel Writer

Imagine bathing outdoors on a pitch-dark winter’s afternoon, under the vast expanse of a velvet-black sky punctuated with milky white stars.

A geyser in Iceland.

Jewish Artists for Haiti Benefit Concert

Aaron Herman reports on a concert at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue for Haiti relief.  Featured artists include Neshama Carlebach and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir, Greg Wall and Ayn Sof. Arkestra, Frank London's and Friends, Basya Schechter and Jeremiah Lockwood, SIX13, and Stephen Said. 

Gabrielle Giffords' Jewishness

01/13/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - I am a traditional Jew who subscribes to the traditional definition of Jewish identity (you are Jewish if your mother is Jewish or if you've converted). By this definition, Gabrielle Giffords is not Jewish. But by other definitions, including her own, she is. Given all she has done and what she has gone through, and given the strong possibility that her assailant attacked her in part because of her self-declared Jewish identity, what is the proper ethical response to all this?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Queens College Hillel Social Justice Group Takes on Labor Violations

01/12/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Two years ago, during my freshman year at Queens College, I found my passion for Jewish social justice when I started a Challah for Hunger chapter on campus, an organization that raises money and awareness for hunger and disaster relief through the production and sale of challah bread.

Weekly, a group of students gather to knead and braid dough and discuss social justice issues. The next day, the fresh bread is sold to Jews and non-Jews alike to benefit both Darfur relief efforts and local hunger initiatives.

Dasi Fruchter

Barney's Version: Aaron Herman Interviews Paul Giamatti

The film is based on Jewish author, Mordecai Richler's prize-winning comic novel, Barney's Version. It is the warm, wise, and witty story of Barney Panofsky (played by Paul Giamatti), a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. 

Ten For ’10

Looking back on a very good year for kosher wine.

01/12/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

When 2010 drew to a close, it ended what had been a remarkable decade for the kosher wine industry. In the past 10 years the quality and quantity of kosher wines around the world has expanded at a far more rapid pace than anyone would have predicted.

A good year for kosher wine
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