Songs Of Defiance, Songs Of Life

02/14/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Adrienne Cooper was scheduled to perform “Ghetto Tango,” a cabaret piece, with my father towards the end of January. Due to her illness, the singer, who played a leading role in the Yiddish revival, withdrew three months before the performance, and the decision had to be made whether to cancel the show or continue with different singers. Adrienne and my father decided to proceed. I was asked to participate and did so with a heavy heart.

Avram Mlotek

Thousands Come To YU Book Event

02/13/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For several weeks each winter, between Chanukah and Purim, the Weissberg Commons area of Yeshiva University’s Belfer Hall becomes an enormous book fair. More than 15,000 people — families and singles, children and seniors, Orthodox and non-Orthodox — browse through tables and shelves crammed with discounted books and DVDs and educational software offered for sale during The Seforim Sale sponsored by the Students of Yeshiva (SOY).

Photo By Michael Datikash

A Good Budget Red For Springtime

Reach down under for an Australian Shiraz.
02/13/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When most Americans think of wines made from the classic black grape generally known as Syrah in the Old World and Shiraz in the New, they think of the robust red Shirazes from Australia. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Australian Shiraz was one of the most popular imported wines in America. While in the last six or seven years its popularity has been waning, according to USDA import statistics, America still imports more than nine million cases of red wine from Australia each year (down from a peak of nearly 13 million cases in 2005).

K:Kosher Shiraz is made by a winery in western Australia.

The New Israel Campus Strategy

02/13/2012 - 19:00
Associate EditorS

Are American college campuses incubators for anti-Zionism or nurturing environments where Jews feel more accepted than ever?

Both, concludes the David Project, a 10-year-old nonprofit that seeks to “positively shape campus opinion on Israel” in a just-released “white paper” on “Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America’s Universities and College.”

David Bernstein.

A Jewish Cultural Olympiad

02/13/2012 - 19:00
Travel Writer

The Olympics are coming!

All over London, cloaked in yet another layer of once-unthinkable snowfall, people look to this summer’s Games for much-needed cheer. The record chill that has seized Europe this winter seems to mirror the mood across the Continent. From the British Isles to the Urals, Europeans are depressed about falling incomes, rising taxes and bleak prospects, and the punishing cold just seems to rub it all in.

A Lucian Freud self-portrait from National Portrait Gallery show. A Lucian Freud self-portrait from National Portrait Gallery

The Jewish Week Kosher Wine Tasting

An inside look at judges selecting the finest vintages for The Jewish Week's annual Kosher Wine supplement.

General Tso Stir Fry

Enjoy a classic Chinese takeout dish in your own home.
02/09/2012 - 19:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

There's a well-documented and much touted link between Jews and Chinese food, that has its roots in the turn of the century but is still discussed today. And while I love picking up some egg rolls and sweet and sour chicken, there's no reason you can't enjoy some Chinese favorites in your own kitchen. There are several components to this dish that come together at the end, but they're all fairly simple, and the result is seriously delicious. This is a pretty mild version of the dish, with no hot peppers - feel free to play up the flavors as you wish.

General Tso Stir Fry. Photo by Amy Spiro

Passing The Torch

02/08/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It will be my privilege, on this coming Saturday night, to formally install my son, Hillel, as the rabbi of the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation in Florida.  Technically, he’s been serving in that capacity since August 2011, but scheduling difficulties (i.e., getting the parents and other assorted family members in the right place at the right time) have delayed the formal ceremony until now.


L'Dor V'Dor: Honoring Our Oldest Generations

02/08/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

As Tu B’Shevat approaches each year, and we prepare to celebrate the New Year of the Trees, many of us rabbis love to return to one of our most favorite stories: Honi the Circle-Maker and the Carob Trees. The story, which is first found in the Mishnah, begins with Honi walking down the road. He happens upon a person planting a carob tree, a tree known for taking a very long time (at least 75 years) to produce fruit.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows.

A Freeze Across Europe

02/06/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The headline writers are calling the cold spell across Europe in recent weeks a new “Ice Age.”

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