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How Avi met Suzanne

03/02/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Suzanne took a leap of faith and traveled 7500 miles to pursue the guy she hoped would be her husband. “I didn’t have a clue,” says Avi.

In December, 2008, Suzanne Anziska was a 28-year old business school student at Northwestern University. Her family was celebrating her dad’s 60th birthday; not in Teaneck, where her parents lived, but in her dad’s hometown of Cape Town, South Africa.

 Suzanne Anziska and Avi Kawalsky

Labor Pains Throughout U.S.

03/01/2011

The last few weeks have been rough for the union movement in the United States. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, ignited a major workers’ protest when, in an effort to balance the budget, he moved to eliminate collective bargaining rights. And New Jersey’s Gov.

Jewish Labor Committee’s Arieh Lebowitz: His group is involved in the Wisconsin fight over collective bargaining.

Havdalah At The Carlebach Shul

03/01/2011

Rabbi Naftali Citron, who grew up as a follower of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, has fond memories of the singer-composer leading the Havdalah service that marks the end of Shabbat. “He was at the most perfect pitch for the Havdalah,” says Rabbi Citron, who now serves as spiritual leader of The Carlebach Shul on the Upper West Side.

Photo by Michael Datikash

Rabbi Citron, below, says he leads Havdalah in the spirit of his mentor.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Ground Transportation

03/01/2011
Travel Writer

I remember how amazed I was, many years ago, when it first dawned on me that a plane between cities could be the cheap option.

It was around 1999, the dawn of European discount air travel, and I had to figure out the cheapest ride between Paris and Nice. The train cost over $200; the flight, about 20 percent less, and it shaved six hours off the trip.

On the Northeast corridor, a trip by train or bus might just be the ticket.

Fame, Israel Style

03/01/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

‘See that guy over there?” my friend asked, nodding towards the table behind us. “I think he’s famous.”

I turned to have myself a look, which wasn’t difficult considering the Jerusalem café we were packed into was about the size of the skirts sashaying around a Silvio Berlusconi party.

And lo and behold, the guy with the slightly Russell Crowe-esque face, deep in conversation with a table full of rough-and-tumble Israeli men, all of them smoking, did look familiar to me.

Abigail Pickus

Thank you, Glenn Beck, for Clarifying my Job Description

03/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

It's not often that I want to give thanks to Glenn Beck. But, recently, he really made my life a lot easier. Truly, I'm so glad that Glenn Beck has helped me figure out who I am as a Reform Rabbi.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Spinach and Sweet Potato Stuffed Chicken

Impress your guests with this jewel-toned chicken dish.

03/01/2011
Editorial Assistant

I mostly like this recipe because it makes a really great impression. Your guests will slice in to their chicken breast and be treated to a jewel-colored filling of sweet potatoes and spinach, which also happens to be pretty delicious.

Spinach and Sweet Potato Stuffed Chicken. Photo by Amy Spiro

Kosher Food and Wine Experience

The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman attends the Kosher Food and Wine Experience in NYC hosted by Royal wines

Tim Boxer: Maestro Mehta Marks 50 Years With IPO

02/25/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

It was a momentous occasion for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Carnegie Hall concert on Feb. 22. It marked the orchestra’s 75th anniversary, conductor Zubin Mehta’s 75th birthday, and his 50th year as IPO conductor.

At the post-concert dinner at the Plaza Hotel, hosted by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, vice president and benefit co-chair Lauren Veronis couldn’t praise the maestro enough.

Rochelle and David Hirsch stand behind Nancy and Zubin Mehta at IPO dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

The Irvine 11: No Free Speech Case

02/22/2011

The district attorney of Orange County, California, recently filed charges against 11 members of a Muslim student group who disrupted a speech by Israel’s U.S. ambassador at the University of California at Irvine last February. The charges, filed just before the statue of limitations deadline, include one count each of conspiracy to disturb a meeting and one count each of disturbing the meeting. Those charges are in addition to disciplinary measures taken by the University of California.

The American Jewish Committee’s Marc Stern .
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