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Day School Builder To Step Down At PEJE

05/24/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

He never attended a Jewish day school.

But it is hard to think of another individual whose name is more associated with day schools than Rabbi Joshua Elkin.

Rabbi Joshua Elkin: The impact of Hebrew charter schools on day schools “is not significant.”

A Hot Time In The Old (Israeli) Town

05/23/2011 - 20:00

Among Ashkenazic Jews, it’s Lag Ba Omer. For Sephardim, it’s Lag LaOmer.

The holiday this week — the name means the 33rd day of the Omer period between Passover and Shavuot — is a minor part of the Jewish calendar in many diaspora communities, but a prominent day in Israel. For students, a day off from school. For many workers, a day off from work. For many Israelis, a day of picnics, celebrations and bonfires, as here in Meron.

Photo By Getty Images

Von Trier And The Conscience Of Cannes

05/23/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

It often seems that we’ve become emotionally numb to talk about Nazis and Hitler. We toss around the word “Nazi” with such impunity these days that the essential meaning of who Hitler was and what the Nazis represent appears entirely lost.

Some worry that ignorance and latent anti-Semitism lurks behind our lax standards, but many suggest otherwise: it’s Holocaust fatigue, they say, a culture saturated not with too little knowledge about Nazis, but rather, too much.

Lars Von Trier

Historic City, Contemporary Buzz

05/23/2011 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Philadelphia may be one of the nation’s oldest cities, but right now it’s basking in the glow of novelty.

In the historic heart of the city, just a few blocks from Congregation Mikveh Israel — the city’s oldest Jewish synagogue — the National Museum of American Jewish History unveiled its new building in November. It has been buzzing with locals and tourists alike ever since.

The recently opened National Museum of American Jewish History.

Rabbinic Ordination 2011: The World’s Newest Rabbis

05/19/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

On Thursday afternoon of this week, twenty-six rabbis were ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

These young men and women were not the only graduates at JTS on that day. There were undergraduate degree recipients from List College, Masters and Doctoral degrees awarded from the Graduate School and the Davidson School of Education, and new Cantors, graduating from the H. L. Miller Cantorial School, who were invested with the authority to assume their important work.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Tattoos And Solidarity With Survivors

05/19/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - I recall reading several years ago about a survivor's son who had engraved a tattoo on his arm to match the one borne by his father at Auschwitz. I understand that he meant it as a gesture of solidarity, but doesn't Jewish law prohibit tattoos?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Conquer any fears of yeast with these delicious treats.
05/19/2011 - 20:00
Editorial Assistant

I have a few fears in my life. Spiders. Cockroaches. Ants. Flies. Ladybugs. Being in the same room as any of the above. And for the longest time, there was another thing on that list: yeast.

Baking with yeast terrified me, the "will it rise" question taunting me from underneath the covered bowl set in the corner of the kitchen. Will I put in all this work - mixing and kneading and rolling - to end up with a flat, inedible bread?

Conquer any fears of yeast with these delicious treats. Photo by Amy Spiro

'36 Under 36' Reception

Meet some of the young innovators recognized by The Jewish Week for their contributions to the community.

Gala Celebration Of Life

05/16/2011 - 20:00

One hundred and two people stood on the stage at a ballroom in the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan last week, during a break in the dinner marking the 20th anniversary of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. The foundation, which concentrates its work in the Jewish community, serves as a registry for life-saving donations of bone marrow, blood stem cells and umbilical cord blood.

Of the men and women in the photograph, 94 are donors or recipients; the other eight are foundation board members.

Photo By David Nicolas Photography
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