South By Southwest

01/02/2012 - 19:00
Travel Writer

The first thing you may notice about Tucson is the profusion of flowering plants, blossoming cactus and exotically shaped greenery. “I expected it to be dry and arid, like Phoenix,” commented my mother in surprise.

The DeGrazia Gallery in Tucson, a landmark of Southwestern art, architecture and natural beauty.  Jeri Larson

Look To The Rainbow

01/02/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It was date-night Saturday night and we were set to spend a rockin’ evening in Rosh Pina.

We even had a car.

Which is another way of saying, when one is visiting relatives in the Galilee, which, however beautiful and verdant, is nonetheless no Tel Aviv, why not hop, skip and jump it over to what was once one of Israel’s oldest Zionist agricultural communities and hang with one’s fellow senior citizens at the Cinematheque?

Abigail Pickus

Interview With Julian Horowitz Of The Maccabeats

Keep the Chanukah spirit alive with this look behind the scenes of a Maccabeats performance.

A Northern Jew In The Heart of Dixie

12/29/2011 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Because my wife works in an academic setting, the end of December is usually a good time for us to get away for a week or so. Synagogue activity tends to slow down then as well because so many people are away.  It is, as I like to call it, a great opportunity to “air out.”

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

Cookie Dough-Filled Brownie Cups

Indulge in a delicious, over-the-top confection
12/28/2011 - 19:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

If you pay attention to my little corner of the internet, you'll notice that I often make things that some other people frown on. Things like tofu. Quinoa. Spinach and lentils. "Healthy" things. Well, this post here is about to undo all of that.

Cookie Dough-Filled Brownie Cups

Truly Welcoming Interfaith Families

12/27/2011 - 19:00
jewish Week Online Columnist

Glancing around the lobby recently, just as Religious School was dismissed, I took note of who was gathered to pick up their children. Some mothers, some fathers, some grandparents – this was not surprising. What was surprising was that many of the parents present were the non-Jewish parent of an interfaith household. These non-Jewish parents were responsible for bringing their Jewish children to and from Religious School on a weekly basis. And, thus, these non-Jewish parents were ensuring the formation of their children’s Jewish identity.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

Mementoes From A Monster

12/26/2011 - 19:00

Fifty years after Israel — for the only time in its history — imposed the death penalty, some never-before-seen artifacts about the life and death of Adolf Eichmann went on public exhibit there.

“Revealing the Operation to Capture Eichmann,” at the entrance to the Knesset before it moves to the Museum of Jewish People on the campus of Tel Aviv University, includes the bulletproof glass booth in which Eichmann, the “Architect of the Holocaust,” sat during his trial in 1961.

Photo By Getty Images

The 2012 Forecast

12/26/2011 - 19:00
Travel Writer

A few weeks ago, I boarded an Air Europa 767 in Barcelona, bound for Miami — and found it 80 percent empty, with room to stretch out and snooze across three seats. It felt like 1995. The price was retro too: about $550 for a trans-Atlantic flight.

This was not, however, the luxury of a bygone era. A Catalan friend explained to me that many thousands of Spaniards have recently run out of their two-year unemployment benefits, a scenario repeating itself across recession-stricken Europe.

The Northern Greek coast is cheap, lovely and all yours in 2012.

‘Rescuer Like Me’

12/26/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Two generations ago John Howard Griffin was a household name in the United States, admired in some places, hated in others. His fame/notoriety grew out of his landmark book, “Black Like Me,” which documented six weeks the white native of Dallas had spent traveling around the Deep South, with chemically darkened skin, posing as an African-American (known then as a Negro) laborer.

Robert Bonazzi, an expert on John Howard Griffin, said the writer had a “decade of blindness” about the experience of blacks in
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