The Kotel On Kingston Avenue

03/05/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For those who can’t make the 5,883-mile pilgrimage to Jerusalem to pray at the Western Wall, there’s now a Kotel closer to home.

At the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn.

Photo By Michael Datikash

American Independents

Kosher wines from some of the country’s smallest producers.
03/05/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“What is your favorite sort of wine?” As a wine writer I’m asked this question frequently — and I’m always flustered when I try to find an answer. It’s so hard to choose one variety of grape or wine production style, out of such a broad world of choices; and different sorts of wines go with different meals, different activities and different moods. Yet, surprisingly, no one has ever asked me the corresponding question, “What is your favorite sort of winery?” For that, I have an easy, one word answer: “small.”

A 2010 Riesling from Virginia's Molon Lave Vineyards.

Hungary For Judaism

03/05/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The Torah’s words were familiar: “V’asu Li mikdash, v’shachanti b’tocham.” And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. This verse from Exodus 25:8 took on entirely new meaning as I sat, Shabbat morning, in a Reform service in Budapest, Hungary. I just returned from a powerful Rabbinic Mission with 28 other rabbis, sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows.

Beyond The Theme Park

03/05/2012 - 19:00
Travel Writer

Many of us New Yorkers grew up believing that Florida begins at West Palm Beach and ends at Miami. And for a lot of us, Florida is like Brigadoon — a place that only exists during sporadic intervals, or more accurately, during the interval from Thanksgiving to Passover.

In this mindset, Orlando and its Central Florida environs serve only as a theme-park escape from cruddy weather. But there’s another Orlando that’s a grownup world away from cartoons, castles or celluloid.

Winter Park’s downtown, with veterans’ memorial, top. Above, the new Tiffany Wing at the Morse Museum of American Art.

I’ve Got Mail

03/05/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I’m not an Orthodox Jew. 

I say this because every once in a while, after I publish an article or column, I receive indignant e-mails denouncing my behavior or thoughts because they don’t align with traditional Judaism. I say this because my February column on modest dress for “tweens” elicited several such letters, including one from a single male writer who was “dismayed by my ignorance,” and also “sad,” about the way my children are being raised.

Elicia Brown

Faith Complex: Jamaa Islamiya and the Arab Spring

03/05/2012 - 19:00

Dr. Tawfik Hamid, and Egyptian-born Muslim who in his youth joined the ranks of the radical Islamist group al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya and made the acquaintance of Ayman al-Zawahiri (now the leader of Al Qaeda), discusses the Arab Spring.

Dr. Tawfik Hamid

Faith Complex: Jamaa Islamiya and the Arab Spring

Dr. Tawfik Hamid, and Egyptian-born Muslim who in his youth joined the ranks of the radical Islamist group al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya and made the acquaintance of Ayman al-Zawa

How Ilan Met Michelle

03/04/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“It takes a village to raise a child,” says the African proverb, and in the tony village of Great Neck, New York, the family helps to match 'em up.  “For me and Ilan, it worked,” says Michelle Nabavian. “Our families knew when to get involved and when to stay out.”

Her uncle, Payam, was the first would-be matchmaker.  He started dropping hints about bringing together Michelle with his friend, Ilan Hakimian.  But it took a snowstorm in January 2011 to make things really happen.

Ilan Hakimian and Michelle Nabavian

Hot Kosher Meals On The Go

Aaron Herman samples a kosher, military-style meal on the beach of Paradise Island.

Lemon-Lime Hamantaschen

Enjoy a tasty twist on the traditional Purim treat
02/29/2012 - 19:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

It may come as no surprise to you that I've eaten a lot of cookies in my day. And that includes a lot of hamantaschen. Unfortunately, what I haven't eaten, are a lot of good hamantaschen. For whatever reason, bakeries tend to churn out dry, crumbly, tasteless version of the three-cornered cookies come Purim time. The reason still escapes me, especially since it is the shape - not any particular flavor or recipe - that defines the traditional treat.

Lemon-Lime Hamantaschen. Photo by Amy Spiro
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