Storahtelling Turns 13

06/06/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The celebration was as innovative as its name.

To mark its 13th year, the Storahtelling education-theater project founded by Amichai Lau-Lavie held a “b mitzvah” ceremony recently at City Winery.

A “b mitzvah,” Lau-Lavie explained, is a “bar mitzvah, a bat mitzvah, a b mitzvah celebration for all genders.”

Photo By Daniel Kukla

What's Jewish About Networking?

06/06/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Growing up in Manhattan, I didn't need to drive. But after three years of living in Michigan, where buses and subways were no longer at my doorstep, it was time to learn. I passed my driver's test (because it didn't require me to parallel park), and bought a used red-and-white Plymouth Reliant K. My parents quickly insured my purchase with something they knew I would need to support my fledgling skill set - a AAA membership.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Parade Is Natural Gig For Multicultural Hostess

06/06/2011 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

When the Israeli Consulate approached Becky Griffin about co-hosting the first-ever broadcast of Sunday’s Celebrate Israel Parade, the decision was a no-brainer. Born in Givatayim, near Tel Aviv, Griffin, 34, has lived in both the U.S. and in Israel, and came here in March as part of a speaking-tour delegation selected by Israel’s newly created Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. She has worked in print ads and commercials, TV and film in Israel and hosted two programs on MTV Europe, based in London.

TV personality Becky Griffin: Supporting Israel, gaining exposure to American audiences.

This Land Is Your Land?

06/06/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

My long-legged 9-year-old clambers onto my lap, her eye-rolling cynicism suppressed for the moment. Together we wait, staring at the computer screen’s still image of an Israeli flag, listening as the sentimental strains of a symphony rise up. But when a disembodied voice explodes in song, Talia joins in, belting out the Hebrew words with a gusto she usually reserves for Broadway show tunes, her torso swaying from the effort. My daughter is caught up in the love and hope and dreams of “Hatikvah.”

Elicia Brown

How Isaac met Abby

06/04/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

"The happiest couples, it seems, are those who met through church," concludes Laura Blue, Time Magazine correspondent. "These partners report the highest overall relationship satisfaction."

Abby, 26, and Isaac, 28, agree. They started dating when they were both working at Chizuk Amuno Synagogue in Baltimore.

Abby Kogen and Isaac Woloff

Flooding a Town to Save Another

06/02/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Q -In reading about the recent Mississippi River floods, it was shocking to see how spillways were opened in less populated areas, in effect deliberately flooding out thousands of homes in order to save more populated areas downstream. How can anyone justify wiping out entire communities like that? And conversely, is it right for people to deliberately move into areas that are known "spill zones," where flooding is known to occur.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

A dairy treat for Shavuot or year round.

06/02/2011 - 20:00
Editorial Assistant

I tend to stick to pareve desserts for most of the year – it’s just easier when it comes to Shabbat meals and often during the week.

But Shavuot – that is the time to dream of rich cheesecakes, sweet blintzes and decadent danishes. I certainly have grand cheesecake plans for this year, it is also nice to indulge in a touch of dairy desserts without going overboard. These red velvet cupcakes, with a sweet and creamy frosting, hit the spot.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Photo - Amy Spiro

Obama and Israel: A Friend, but Curiously Tone Deaf to Our Concerns

06/02/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Friend or foe?

Since President Obama’s much-promoted speech about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process two weeks ago, and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s heated reaction to it, the Jewish world has been engaged in serious if familiar impassioned conversation about exactly that. Is this President a “friend of Israel,” or something other?

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Israelis React To Obama

 Aaron Herman spoke to Israelis in Tel Aviv about President Obama's view of the peace process.

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