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The Raw Truth About The Jewish State

05/03/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

There I was on a kibbutz nestled in the lush greenery of the Galilee and all I could think about was food.

Maybe it’s because my idea of a good time is to go to a raw food spa. And when I say “raw food SPA” what I mean is, I was starving, people. Seriously.
I was so hungry, I was almost in tears.

I was so hungry that I was wasting away, on account of something dreadful called a “juice fast.”

“And you paid top shekel to starve to death?” asked my sympathetic friends.

Abigail Pickus

Godsend: How Josh met Michelle

05/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Gary Garrison, a playwright and author, is not even Jewish. But he gets the mitzvah points for introducing two of his friends in New York, Michelle and Josh.

In May 2009, Michelle Fadem dropped by to see Garrison. He was her former professor and a colleague in an online social network for over 3,000 playwrights called The Loop. "Most importantly, he's one of my favorite people," adds Michelle.

Josh Kashinsky and Michelle Fadem

Tim Boxer: To Prevent A Holocaust

05/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

The biggest losers of World War II were not the Germans or the Japanese but the Jews, says Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick. "We lost one-third of our people."

That happened because no one came to the rescue. ""The Allies didn't think it was in their interest. President Roosevelt refused to bomb the rail tracks to the death camps. He was reluctant to divert any part of the war effort to save Jews from going up in flames of the chimneys at Auschwitz. Plus they didn't like us very much," Glick said.

Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss introduces Caroline Glick at Shoah commemoration. Photo by Tim Boxer

Yom Hashoah Thoughts on the E Train

04/29/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Earlier this week, for reasons having nothing at all to do with the upcoming observance of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)  this coming Sunday night and Monday, I found myself on the E train here in New York City.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Caramelized Onion Quiche

A cheesy, savory-sweet pie for a tasty brunch.

04/29/2011
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You know what I hate? Besides squirrels, Times Square in the summer and adults who wear hats with bunny ears on them? I hate recipes that call themselves “caramelized onion” something, and call for cooking the onions for 10 to 15 minutes. Caramelizing onions - truly caramelizing them, until they’re almost falling apart, a deep, dark brown and your whole kitchen smells like them – takes a while. Like an hour. But it is totally worth it.

Caramelized Onion Quiche

Sarah Fainberg Interviews Rabba Sara Hurwitz

 The first video in a new season for Faith Complex, produced by Georgetown University's Program for Jewish Civilization.

Sarah Fainberg Interviews Rabba Sara Hurwitz

 The first video in a new season for Faith Complex, produced by Georgetown University's Program for Jewish Civilization.

Tim Boxer: JCRC Shows Power Of Education

04/28/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Here we were at a dinner for the Jewish Community Relations Council in the elegant ballroom of New York’s luxurious Pierre Hotel when Joel I. Klein remarked, “The fact that you can come from any zip code to this event is due to the power of education.”

It was the power of education that catapulted Klein, a product of the city’s public schools, and of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, to the role of chancellor of New York’s 1,600 public schools.

Howard Rubenstein and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe at JCRC dinner at the Pierre. Photo by Tim Boxer

You Have 613 Friend Requests

04/28/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

During my years in rabbinical school,… Oh, wait, I have to check something on Facebook for a second… Do you mind waiting?... Okay, I’m back. So, where was I? Right – during rabbinical school, a frequent topic in our Professional Development classes was how to keep a healthy boundary between the personal and the professional (and, clearly I’m on the edge).

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Converting from a Jewish Label to a Jewish Life

04/28/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

When my older brother Scott was a senior in college, he wrote home about the new woman he was dating. Three pieces of information stuck out: 1) she had the same first name as his sister (that's me), 2) she was from Minnesota (where's that?) and 3) she was Jewish. While many Jewish families would have regarded that third detail as cause for either relief or celebration, our family took it as evidence that his new girlfriend was in a cult, and would certainly try to get my brother to drink the (kosher) Kool-Aid.

Deborah Grayson Riegel
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