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When Readiness Chooses You

02/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

My ten-year old daughter Sophie paid homage to my recent birthday with the best-worst birthday toast I could imagine: “Happy Birthday to the world’s greatest mom – and to the world’s best grandma one day!”

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Is Jeter a Cheater?

02/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - With baseball’s spring training underway, I’m reminded of an incident from last season. Derek Jeter, one of the few superstars from the past decade not implicated in baseball’s steroid sample, was caught on video pretending to be hit by a pitch.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Back to Israel in Troubled Times

02/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

In just a few hours, I’ll be leaving for ten days in Israel, bringing with me fifty members of my congregation, as well as my wife and the Educational Director of our synagogue’s Religious School. I can no longer remember how many of these trips I’ve led during the past thirty years, and that is a very good thing indeed. One of the things I’m proudest of in my rabbinate is having introduced many members of my community to Israel for the first time. There is a special joy in that for me, and the feeling never grows old.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Clip Art, Bukharian Style

02/15/2011

Cutting hair was a popular Jewish profession in Uzbekistan when Daniel Fuzaylov grew up near Tashkent, capital of the then-Soviet republic, nearly three decades ago. His father, Rafael, was a barber. His grandfather, too.

So Fuzaylov, who came to the United States with his family in 1988, became a barber, learning from his father. They are among the latest émigré groups to pass a trade among themselves, like Korean groceries, Chinese dry cleaners and Greek diners.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Gauging Birthright’s Effect

02/15/2011

Is it any wonder that the initials for Brandeis University’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute are SSRI?

Like the popular and groundbreaking “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor” class of antidepressants (think Prozac and Zoloft), the six-year-old institute, part of the university’s Cohen Center for Jewish Studies, has brought a certain amount of optimism to American Jewish sociology, a field long known for its gloom-and-doom tales of assimilation and decline.

Leonard Saxe: An antidepressant for Jewish sociology?

Welcome Muddah …: Greetings From Family Camp

02/15/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

I’ve learned a few odd habits of New York parents. One of them is that, in this fast-paced town, families often wrap up summer plans in February.

Elicia Brown

Welcome To ‘Portlandia’

02/15/2011
Travel Writer

‘Portland, Oregon, is like everything that’s good about San Francisco, but without the bad parts,” announced my sister — and as a longtime, devoted denizen of the latter city, she ought to know.

Drop-dead beautiful, outdoorsy and hip? Check. Funky coffee houses? Double check. Infectiously earnest foodie scene, with great restaurants and a cool vegan subculture? Check. Laid-back, welcoming Jewish community? Check.

“All that, yet the streets are clean, and the parking is ridiculously easy,” swooned my sister.

Downtown Portland framed by the snowy peaks of Mt. Hood. Travel Portland

Single-Malt Shop

Scotch whisky, a good (kosher) wintertime tipple.

02/15/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Over the past few decades single-malt Scotch whisky has become one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jewish circles, a fact not lost on whisky producers. According to David Blackmore, the global brand manager for the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg distilleries, “It’s no great secret that the Jewish community in America really loves their single malts.”

The Glenrothes Alba Reserve is a smooth whiskey with hints of heather.

Chicken and Dumplings

The Nosh Pit: A Southern comfort food that seems awfully familiar.

02/11/2011
Editorial Assistant

This is the second week in a row I’m sharing a recipe for a soup or stew, and I won’t apologize. As I write this, weather.com informs me it is a sunny 25° F outside the office – with a wind chill factor of 14°. What – did you expect me to go outside and check?

Chicken and Dumplings

The Evolving Religious World and Conservative Judaism's Challenge

02/11/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

There is a great deal of talk swirling around about my movement- the Conservative movement- and its state of being. The lead article in this week’s print edition of The Jewish Week reports on a new strategic plan for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and the changes that it is intending to make in both its organizational structure and sphere of operations. The article implies- not too subtly- that the proposed changes reflect an organization, and a movement, in crisis.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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