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Seder Shopping On the Upper East Side

04/05/2011
Staff Writer

It’s easy to predict which seder items — from tables full of toys, crafts and books — will attract children.

“Kids love the frogs best,” says Marga Hirsch, coordinator of the annual Haggadah Fair at Park Avenue Synagogue that runs until the Friday before Passover. “Little kids love the inflatable frogs.”

Students browse Passover books at Park Avenue Synagogue

Taking Japan Personally

04/05/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

My friend’s jaw dropped in disbelief. “You’re going back? What?! Why?”

She turned to her new husband, her eyes twinkling, her voice teasing. “Japan is Elicia’s Israel,” she said. By which she meant, Japan is Elicia’s homeland. By which she meant: how absurd.

Elicia Brown

A North Sea Spring

04/05/2011
Travel Writer

Deep in Scotland’s wild and craggy north, Aberdeen is a springtime destination that’s evergreen.

This is a region that is timeless in its wide verdant expanses, its year-round drizzly chill, the awesome history in its forbidding stone castles and their awesome history, and its cheery corner pubs.

It’s a corner of Europe — literally — that manages to be both stoic and warmly welcoming. Even in a place where the all-time record high temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, there’s plenty of fun to be had amid the misty Scottish gloom.

An aerial view of Aberdeen and the North Sea, top. Above, a downtown street in the “Granite City.”

How Steve Met Sara

04/04/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

A New York comedian is likely to say clever things. Here's one from Steve Hofstetter: “It’s a scary thought when you’ve known the condiments in your refrigerator longer than your fiancée.”

Steve Hofstetter and Sara Tenenbein

Aaron Herman Interviews 'Peep World' Director Barry Blaustein

What happens to a rich, neurotic Jewish family when one of their own writes a tell-all exposing their dirty secrets? The Meyerwitz family is about to find out. And the timing couldn't be more hilariously awful.

25 Questions that Can Dramatically Improve Your Relationships (Even in Time for the Seder)

The Four Questions? Feh!

04/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Hanukkah makes me happy. Purim drives me to drink (but in the best way possible.) Simchat Torah makes me want to dance in the streets. Pesach? Well, Pesach makes me feel… enslaved. Bitter. Unleavened.

What makes this holiday different from all others - and so dreaded?

Deborah Grayson Riegel

The Future's So Bright: Are Reform Rabbis Ready for the 21st Century?

04/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Hundreds of Reform Rabbis traveled to New Orleans… sounds like the start of a joke, yes? This past week marked the 122nd Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis - the CCAR - and, yes, this year's convention was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

With the RA in Las Vegas: Beyond the Punchlines

04/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

On Sunday through Thursday of this week, hundreds of my colleagues in the Rabbinical Assembly and I gathered at our international convention, held this year in Las Vegas.  The Rabbinical Assembly is the professional organization of Conservative rabbis around the world.  In addition to my work as the rabbi of The Forest Hills Jewish Center, I currently serve as the RA's Vice-President, and am slated to assume the Presidency in another year.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Sesame Chicken Nuggets

03/31/2011
Editorial Assistant

Is it Pesach yet? For all the build up I've been hearing, you'd think it started tomorrow. Thankfully, we still have two more weeks to indulge in all the flour-laden goodness we can.

So this week I'll share a fun and kid-friendly recipe that you can still enjoy for the next fortnight. For the next few weeks I'll show you some great Pesach recipes for your holiday, plus ways to adapt existing recipes without losing any flavor.

Sesame Chicken Nuggets. Photo by Amy Spiro

Meir Panim "Feed 5,000" Event

The Meir Panim young leadership's Feed 5000 Campaign is raising money to provide assistance to 5000 Israeli children over Passover. Aaron Herman attends a New York fundraiser drawing more than 400 young professionals from the Tri-State area.

 

 

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