Northeast Exposure For Jewish, Black Culture

10/26/2016 - 13:26
Travel Writer

Down by the Anacostia River, children frolicked amid fountains on a plaza sparkling with sunshine and urban life. Families picnicked and strolled on the riverside lawns, watching the occasional kayaker row past, while couples on dates filled waterfront cafés at happy hour.

The elegant Howard Theatre is a cultural nexus in the Shaw neighborhood. Wikimedia Commons

Feminist? Yiddish Speaker? This Podcast Is For You

10/26/2016 - 13:23

If you’re a Yiddish-speaking woman, Sandy Fox wants you on her podcast. Fox is the millennial “balaboosta,” or host, of Vaybertaytsh, a new feminist, Yiddish-language podcast that recently aired its first episode. She hopes to interview women and feature their music, writing and other creative work every two weeks — all in Yiddish.

Sandy Fox started a podcast in Yiddish to create a space for Yiddish-speaking women to share their creative work. Sandy Fox

Aly Raisman Talks Judaism And Gymnastics

10/20/2016 - 10:01

As captain of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team in the Rio and London Olympics, two-time Olympian Aly Raisman led her team to gold. She once performed a floor routine to “Hava Nagila,” and at the 2012 London games, fought for a moment of silence for the Israelis killed in the Munich Olympics. Last week, Raisman discussed her career at Manhattan’s Central Synagogue with NBC sportscaster Andrea Joyce, and then answered questions from some of the 1,400 people at the sold-out event.

Aly Raisman: I always made time [for Judaism] with training. ... [M]y coaches were always really respectful of it ... .

Reconciliation In Kielce?

10/19/2016 - 12:59
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s the sort of story that gets totally lost in weeks of war, presidential election campaigning and the Zika virus. Ironically, it’s the sort of feel-good story that American news-gathering organizations usually crave. For Jews, it encompasses themes of forgiveness and reconciliation that chime well with the Days of Awe.

George Robinson

Urban America In A Different Light

10/19/2016 - 12:55
Travel Writer

You can still buy a $2 taco in San Francisco’s Mission District. But every year there are fewer of the ancient, fluorescent-lit taquerías that once defined dining in a Latino immigrant neighborhood, and exponentially more places for young, wealthy, tech-industry workers to buy a $15 fair trade organic chocolate bar, a $20 brunch entrée, or a $2 million condo.

The new face of San Francisco’s Mission District. Wikimedia Commons

Why I’m A Yankee Fan

10/11/2016 - 13:31
Special To The Jewish Week

It was my first day of school. A group of my new classmates surrounded me and asked that most critical of questions: What team do you root for?

Isaac Steven Herschkopf

A Blast On The Big Island

10/11/2016 - 12:02
Travel Writer

When you head out to see a volcano, you don’t expect it to blow up right in front of you. But there it was — Mt. Kilauea, the most active of Hawaii’s many volcanoes, spewing brilliant orange flames and puffs of ashes from its death-black cone.

A Mt. Kilauea eruption.

‘Cut A Deal With The World’ On Settlements

10/11/2016 - 11:55
Staff Writer

After a career as a major television personality, Yair Lapid became the founder and chair of Yesh Atid, Israel’s largest centrist party. A member of the Knesset who serves on its Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, he also served as Israel’s finance minister. In the 2015 elections, Yesh Atid secured 11 seats, confirming its place as a major player on the Israeli political scene. The Jewish Week caught up with him recently by phone from Israel.

Yair Lapid: “I don’t see many Palestinians … who are willing to understand that they are not going to get everything they want.”

Matchmaker: How Sheldon Met Hadar

10/10/2016 - 11:36
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy make music together. The two musicians blend together both in their professional lives and in their personal lives.  Thirty years ago, they were living more than 6000 miles apart.

Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy got married in Jaffa, Israel on July 2, 2015. Courtesy of Inbal Marmari

Not Just Another Rosh Hashanah

10/07/2016 - 12:50
Special To The Jewish Week

In the days and weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah, 5777, most Jewish newspapers and more than a few secular ones featured articles on how rabbis would integrate the current American presidential elections into their sermons, if at all.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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