Tim Boxer At Jerusalem Foundation Benefit

01/11/2012 - 19:00
Jeiwsh Week Online Columnist

Oftentimes a funny story can make a penetrating point. Mark Sofer said that when he was Israel’s ambassador to India he attended a performance of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The program included Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, commonly known as the Unfinished Symphony.

He noticed that in the first movement there were 20 violinists playing. “Only 10 would do,” he concluded. “If Schubert had taken seriously what I’m saying, he would have finished the symphony.”

Tragic Anniversary In Berlin

01/09/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Before Jan. 20, 1942, the name Wannsee meant luxury in Germany.

It was the name of a lake with a bordering beach in a Berlin suburb, where the country’s upscale citizens vacationed.

Since that date, the name means tragedy.

An infamous conference of 15 top Nazi officials, who came together that day to make “necessary preparations in regard to organizational, practical and material measures requisite for the total solution of the Jewish question in Europe,” took place at 56-58 Am Grossen Wannsee, across from the beach.

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Present From The Past

01/09/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I can’t think of the summer of 1985 without wincing. Being 16 and shy, with the kind of fine hair that went limp in dry desert heat, and with only one (miserable) month of overnight camp as my experience away from home, I wasn’t bound to enjoy every moment of a six-week teen tour of Israel.

Elicia Brown

High Culture: Santiago’s Moment

01/09/2012 - 19:00
Travel Writer

Santiago, the blossoming capital of Chile, has long been the Latin American also-ran — overlooked as travelers flocked to the tango of Buenos Aires, the Inca wonders of Machu Picchu and the sexy shores of Brazil.

That’s precisely what makes Santiago such fun to discover. As one of the hemisphere’s most vibrant economies, crisis-defying Chile is becoming an international destination for investors, professionals and tourists, and one of my top picks for 2012.

Snowy-peaked Santiago is home to stunning vistas, cultural and artistic attractions.

The Meta Idea Of Israel

01/05/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

There is probably no more cliché way to open a speech or article about Israel than to say something like “These past few weeks and months have been difficult ones for Israel.”  It’s cliché because one would be hard-pressed to think of a time when that was not true.  Rarely are we afforded a time to focus on the glories of Israel, which are many, and not the problems that seem to plague it from all angles and directions.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Souper Soups

Have a whole variety of tasty, steaming soups on your table
01/04/2012 - 19:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

There's nothing quite like a steaming bowl of soup on a freezing winter day. And while chicken soup is known as the "Jewish penicillin" don't limit yourself to a nice bowl of broth, when there are so many other options out there to experiment with.

Sometimes simple is the best, like this mushroom barley soup, which is rich, hearty and easy to make.

Enjoy some super soups! Photos by Amy Spiro

Mentoring and Technology: Jewish New Teacher Project

The Jewish New Teacher Project (JNTP) is dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of beginning teachers in Jewish day schools and yeshivot.

How Jason Met Robyn

01/03/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The father, Dr. David Kreiner, married a nurse. Their son, Dr. Jason Kreiner, married another physician.  Rites have changed in 37 years.

“I knew I’d marry someone who is hard-working,” says Jason. And indeed Robyn Epstein was working hard when the two met.  In the fall of 2006, Robyn was beginning her first year at Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and Jason was a second-year student.

Jason Kreiner and Robyn Epstein

Golden Prague, Jewish Sites

01/02/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Czech Republic’s capital is known locally as Golden Prague — and the city contains its share of Jewish gems.

While the city had a Jewish population of 92,000 before World War II, today only 1,500 Jews are registered as members of Prague’s Jewish community, with another estimated 5,000 living there.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Lost And Found Tribe

01/02/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Yochanan Phaltual is the administrator of the 5,000-member Bnei Menashe in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, a community believed to be one of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel.

In June, Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption voted in principle to resume permitting the remaining 7,200 Bnei Menashe in India to make aliyah, but it set no time schedule.

Yochanan Phaltual, leader of the Bnei Menashe community in northeast India.
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