Curried Rice Salad

A colorful, flavor-filled side dish to adorn any table
01/19/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Rice is almost the ultimate side dish, simple, adaptable, endlessly matchable. But while it is comfortable next to anything from chicken to beef to fish or vegetables, it runs the risk of being boring, white and plain and totally unadorned.

Curried rice salad.

As the Nest Empties: Entering the Next Stage

01/18/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

After months of anticipation laden with some odd admixture of dread, pride, satisfaction, and a few other random emotions, our nest officially empties this Saturday night.  Our third child, a junior at Barnard who has already lived at school for almost three years, leaves for a semester abroad in Copenhagen- much farther away than Morningside Heights.  With our youngest in Israel for the year, our oldest in Florida, and our older daughter in Japan, we are left without children to pack up and send away. 

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

Managing Change

(Especially When You Don't Want To)
01/18/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist


According to the Shocher Tov, a book of biblical commentaries, “If you behold a custom set by your forefathers, change it not!” In other words, if it was good enough for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Rachel, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah, it should be good enough for us, right?

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Let My People View

01/16/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The framed posters on the walls of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, now part of history, were the face of social activism in this country a generation ago.

During the height of the Soviet Jewry movement in the 1970s and ‘80s, the signs demanding that the USSR grant its Jewish population the right to live and leave as Jews were carried in protest demonstrations around the United States and mounted on the walls of synagogues and Hillels and other Jewish institutions.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Koch On Israel, Obama, The GOP Field, Etc.

01/16/2012 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

Ed Koch, the three-term mayor of New York (1978-‘89), will be honored by Beit Morasha, the Jerusalem-based educational center, on Jan. 25 for “public service, leadership and commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish people” at a special event and dinner at Guastavino’s in New York City.

Beit Morasha will inaugurate the Edward I. Koch Center for Public Policy and Jewish Ethics at Beit Morasha’s Robert M. Beren College, which supports research and advanced seminar programs on the connection between public policy and Jewish values.

At 87, Ed Koch is still outspoken, still feisty, still a bipartisan politician and unabashed supporter of Israel.

Among My Mother-In-Law’s Pots and Pans

01/16/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

To have known my mother-in-law was to have tasted her cooking.  Unfortunately, I never did.

I was an enigma to her, and she to me, from the very beginning.  With the former Yugoslavia in the throes of violent civil war, I found myself — an observant, then twenty-something girl from the Upper West Side — in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, in the fall of 1992. Her son and I met in the local Jewish community center, where I spent my days at work with Jewish refugees from neighboring Bosnia and he volunteered between medical school exams. 

Merri Ukraincik

Lag Time

01/16/2012 - 19:00
Travel Writer

A frenzy of chatter greeted the recent announcement that Virgin Galactic would begin offering commercial flights into space for $200,000. Those wishing to see Planet Earth from afar may have to wait until later this year, when space flights are expected to take off from New Mexico.

Virgin Galactic’s announcement about its space trips got our frequent flier thinking about time and travel.

Ten For ‘11

An American year in kosher wine.
01/16/2012 - 19:00

From the arrival of distinctive Californian Syrahs to the opening of wineries in such unlikely places as Oregon and Virginia, 2011 was a good year for American kosher wine. If the year bore any surprises, as I looked back over my tasting notes, it was the realization that many of the best wines were domestic. Indeed, nine of the wines on my personal top10 list were made in the United States

Herzog’s Cabernet Sauvignon, left, and Yarden’s Merlot are near the top of kosher wines produced in 2011.

Lemon Curd Linzer Torte

Enjoy a seasonal citrus dessert that will wake up your taste buds.
01/11/2012 - 19:00
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I love lemon desserts. Given a choice between chocolate and lemon, I'd go with lemon 3 times out of 5 (not based on scientific data). And in the winter months, when fresh fruit isn't always all it's cracked up to be, lemons will continue to wow with a pop of flavor.

Lemon Curd Linzer Torte. Photo by Amy Spiro
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