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Jewish Organizations and New Technology

The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman reports from the 2011 Non-Profit Technology Conference in Washington, DC. The Schusterman Family Foundation and Darim Online hosted an affinity group session to educate Jewish professionals in using emerging technologies more effectively in their organizations.

 

NEFCA 7th Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel

The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman attends the 7th Annual Broadway Purim Shpiel at the Hudson Theater in NYC, benefitting the Birthright Israel Foundation. Hosted by Gilbert Gottfried the night was full of talented artists such ad Nick Adams,Kelli Barrett, Curtis Holbrook,Garrett Long,J.Elaine Marcos,Anne Nathan,Dave Attel,Kevin Earley,Mitchell Jarvis,Patti Murin and Rachel Potter.

The Masks We All Wear: Remembering Japan this Purim

03/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Okay, I have a secret to tell you. But you have to promise to keep it a secret. Promise? Well, then, here goes: I’m a “theater person.” Yep, it’s true. I have a big background in theater, drama, musical theater, sketch comedy, and improvisation. Yes, that means I speak in silly voices and accents sometimes. And, yes, hopefully it does make my sermons at least a little more engaging. I’ve noticed that there are many fascinating similarities between the theater world and the rabbinate, but I suppose those observations will have to wait for another column.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows

"But I'm One of the Chosen People!" Why Entitled People Drive Us Nuts

03/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

It was supposed to be one of those mother-son experiences that memories are made of.

I was invited to be the keynote speaker for a fundraising event at a midwestern Jewish Federation, and, since it was within driving distance of my alma mater, The University of Michigan --Ann Arbor, I decided to bring my then-seven year old son Jacob. While I got excited to show him where I had gone to class and bought my books and partied hard (well, maybe I'd skip that part), I discovered what was to be the icing on the cake as soon as we got to JFK airport: We'd been upgraded to First Class.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Japan’s Agony: Natural Disaster Through a Religious Lens

03/18/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

After one or two probing and thoughtful questions from my Hebrew High School students this week about the unfolding disaster in Japan, I decided to shelve my lesson plan and just talk with them about what they were feeling. They were, like we all are, horrified by the images they were seeing, and struggling to frame this great tragedy in some way that was manageable for them.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Is Drunkenness on Purim a No-No?

03/17/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - In an age where addiction is so widespread, is it ethical to promote drunkenness on Purim?

A. No it is not.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Did You Hear The One About The Kabbalist?

03/15/2011

On the eve of Purim, a holiday of costumes and practical jokes, our thoughts turn to humor. The Jewish Week turned to Sam Krause, a Passaic, N.J., veteran of the real estate business (vocation) and stand-up comedy (avocation), who wrote the recent book, “Hey Waiter … There’s God in my Soup: Learning Kabbalah through Humor” (Mass Media Distribution).

Q: Purim, the holiday most associated with humor, is approaching. Do we properly understand the humor of Purim?

Humor has deep — and serious — roots in Jewish mysticism, says author Sam Krause.

Taking Yiddish On The Road

03/15/2011

The variety show that toured four local Jewish communities in recent weeks is “Saturday Night Live” meets “Sesame Street,” its adult and children cast members might explain.

But they’d probably explain in Yiddish.

Photo By Michael Datikash

American Culture On The Charles

03/15/2011
Travel Writer

For me, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has long been the best place on earth to experience American art, in all its breadth and historical context.

And with the recent opening of the much-anticipated Art of the Americas Wing, designed by Foster + Partners, the MFA offers a compelling new argument for visiting Boston. If you do nothing else here, the America wing’s 53 new galleries are worth the trip — and with Harvard’s collections largely closed for renovation, art lovers can spare the extra time.

Exterior and interior views of the new Art of the America’s Wing of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Courtesy of   Boston Museum

Hearty Beef Stew

One last nourishing dish for the vestiges of winter.

03/13/2011
Editorial Assistant

I can just feel a few hints of spring slowly approaching, but with a few cold, cold nights still on the horizon, it’s time for one last delicious and filling stew.

This beef stew is really a catch-all for leftover produce in your house – I definitely threw in some things that were hanging around the fridge, and you can do the same. It would certainly be nice with sweet potatoes instead of the regular kind, or additions of celery and corn.

Hearty Beef Stew. Photo by Amy Spiro
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