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After Mubarak: What Now for Israel?

02/01/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

If it is indeed true that, as the old Arab proverb goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, it leaves me no closer to understanding exactly how I am to feel about what is going on in Egypt right now.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Toasted Couscous with Chicken and Mango

Spice up a grain salad with tropical fruit and toasted seeds.

01/28/2011
Editorial Assistant

Most recipes I create start with one thing: opening up my kitchen cupboards and staring listlessly inside. Then I turn to the fridge, and after contemplating various containers of leftovers, I regroup in my mind with what I want to make, what I have and what I need to buy.

Toasted Couscous with Chicken and Mango. Photo by Amy Spiro

California, Redux

01/28/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Shortly after my vacation this past summer in California, I wrote a piece for this column about California and its charms. Having slowly and lovingly driven the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I lamented how coming back to New York City- which I admittedly love- was not so easy. Concrete jungle and all that….

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

IJPA Presents Schmooze 2011

The annual IJPA Schmooze Jewish Culture Conference is a South By Southwest event for the Jewish arts and culture/entertainment community. The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman takes a look.

Finding Meaning in Miami

01/25/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

About three months ago, a close friend who attends the University of Delaware asked if I would like to accompany her school’s Hillel on an eight day trip to Miami, Florida. I could earn community service hours, and have an inexpensive vacation. I thought, “eight days in the Miami sun? I’m there!” and I signed up for the trip. What I thought would be a week of tanning on the beach was actually the most influential learning experience of my life.

Mara Markinson

Concern Over Growing Haredi Numbers In Israel

01/25/2011

Rabbi Uri Regev is president and CEO of Hiddush-Freedom of Religion for Israel, a group that advocates for religious liberty and equality for all in Israel. He formerly served as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, an umbrella organization of the worldwide Progressive, Reform, Liberal and Reconstructionist movements. And he was the founding chair and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the advocacy group founded by the Reform movement in Israel.

Rabbi Uri Regev: Sees major repercussions for Israeli society in growing haredi population.

Training Future Champions In Queens

01/25/2011

Alex Rabinovich says there were about 50 gymnastics clubs in his native Kiev, 10 alone in his neighborhood, when his family left Ukraine for the United States two decades ago. His father’s club, Spartak, was one of Kiev’s top gymnastics training facilities, he says.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Ballet Values, Jewish Values

01/25/2011
Staff Writer

The New York City Ballet began its winter season last week and, as a ballet fan, I tried, as I do each year, to come up with a Jewish story about it. Alas, I always come up short.

Sure, there are stories you could write about Jewish dancers and the occasional choreographer, and I’ve done my share. But let’s be honest, there is a conspicuous absence of serious Jewish content in ballet. And it’s interesting to consider why.

Natalie Portman in 'Black Swan'

Israel Capital Of Cool

The new face of a hip Jerusalem
is giving Tel Aviv a run for its money.

Travel Writer
01/25/2011

The sandy stones of
Jerusalem’s ancient center, bathed in the golden light of afternoon, speak of a history that is as ancient as it is eternal. As you stroll through the Old City, in the hush of Shabbat or the bustle of a daily worship hour, the sensory weight of tradition is almost overwhelming.

Santiago Calatrava’s Chords Bridge, a symbol of the new Jerusalem.

Kiwi Cool

01/25/2011
Travel Writer

Just as it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere for the barfly, winter-jaded New Yorkers can take comfort in knowing that somewhere on this planet, it’s feeling like summer.

Down in the balmy Southern Hemisphere, February and March are lounge-by-the-pool months — and nowhere more so than in Auckland, New Zealand’s rising capital of cool. If you’ve been hankering for Oceania, are passing through the South Pacific, or simply have miles to burn, head for Auckland, where locals turn every summer day into an outdoor party.

Auckland, New Zealand’s “City of Sails,” boasts one of the world’s most scenic harbors and a full schedule of cultural events.
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