The Recession’s Impact On Orthodox Community


As part of its work with unemployed members of the Jewish community, the Orthodox Union has held several job fairs — some in person, some via webinars — in the last few years. The latest one, held in late August at Brooklyn College Hillel, drew more than 700 men and women, along with representatives of 40 firms.

Through online courses, career counseling, a resumé updating service, and positions posted on an RSS feed on OU.org, the OU’s Job Board says it has placed thousands of candidates in “meaningful jobs” in the United States and Israel.

OU’s Michael Rosner: Recent Job Fair was “heartbreaking.”

A Casting Of Thousands


Depending how you look at it, the fish off the coast of Israel are the world’s best fed, or the most sin-bearing, this time of year.

On Rosh HaShanah, the start of the Jewish Year, one of the most-observed traditions, next to hearing the shofar and eating a piece of apple dipped in honey, is Tashlich, the symbolic throwing away of one’s sins.

On the afternoon of the first day of Rosh HaShanah — day two if day one is Shabbat — Jews head to the nearest body of water, carrying small pieces of bread that are thrown into the water.

A woman, does Tashlich along the Tel Aviv beach.

High Holidays: Hard Work

Special to the Jewish Week

After a month away from my desk, my community, and New York, I returned yesterday to all three. I had a wonderful vacation, truly and genuinely restorative, and it must be written on my face because everyone who sees me comments that I look rested. The last comment was- verbatim- “Rabbi, you look wonderful and rested. We’ll take care of that.” You have to love it.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Getting More Than You Paid For

Special to the Jewish Week

 Q. I just came from the store, having bought an mp3 player. When I opened it I noticed that they had given me a newer, enhanced model, not the one I had paid for. The store is about 25 miles away. To return it I would be spending as much on gas for the round trip as I would have spent had I purchased the newer model. What is the ethical thing to do?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Wishing You a (Goose)bumpy New Year

Special to the Jewish Week

On our end-of summer family vacation to San Francisco, my husband Michael and I were delighted to spend quality time with our adventurous West Coast cousins, we were enchanted by the snap-fresh organic produce at the Ferry Terminal Farmer's Market, and felt mesmerized by the gigantic Redwood trees at Muir Woods. It was an abundant blessing of family, food and forestry.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Back to School Campus Roundup

Special to the Jewish Week

Young Jews across the country are leaving the careful watch of their parents this month and returning to their various campuses. For this year’s freshmen, Oreos have always been kosher, McDonald’s has always served bagels, and the Soviet Union is just another chapter in history textbooks.

Giving The Gift Of Life

Special to the Jewish Week

At its annual dinner Gift of Life brings bone marrow recipients to meet their donors for the first time. You know it’s going to be an emotional moment when you see tissue boxes on every table.

Lillian Baharestani, 27, wanted to be a donor. She was raised in Queens where her father taught her to always help others. So at Syracuse University she organized a drive for swabs for the Gift of Life registry. As it turned out, her own swab saved a life.

Bone marrow donor Lillian Baharestani meets recipient Daisy Sanchez at Gift of Life dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

Interview with Jewish Boxer Dmitriy Salita

 Aaron Herman interviews the Jewish boxer before his September 1 comeback victory over Franklin Gonzalez.  Salita won in a unanimous decision.


Reconstructing The Tradition


Reconstructionist Judaism, the stream of Judaism that likes to call itself the “fourth branch,” often in the shadow of Conservative, Reform and Orthodox Judaism, is reconstructing itself again. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, located in suburban Philadelphia, announced recently that it is starting a major program to boost its presence in cyberspace, according to the Philadelphia Exponent.

SAJ’s Rabbi Michael Strassfeld: His High Holy Days sermons will examine “the model of the synagogue.”

Horn Of Plenty


Musician-songwriter Phillip Namanworth has performed on Broadway, in concerts, in nightclubs.

During these weeks before Rosh HaShanah, he does a gig each morning for an audience of two — himself and God. During the month of Elul, which precedes the holiday-laden month of Tishri, he blows the shofar every weekday morning in his Manhattan apartment.

In many Jewish communities, shofar blasts come before the Days of Repentance, as a spiritual wake-up call.

Last week Namanworth tried out another horn.

Photos By Michael Datikash
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