Fighting Bias In Europe

09/13/2016 - 15:37

Katharina von-Schnurbein, who was appointed in January 2015 as the European Union’s first coordinator on combating anti-Semitism, is a German national who believes there should be enforcement of the ban on Holocaust denial and adoption of an EU-wide definition of anti-Semitism.

Katharina von-Schnurbein: “Students need to learn that Jews have been an integral part of Europe.”

Kosher And More Along The Central Coast

09/13/2016 - 11:05
Special To The Jewish Week

Driving north out of Los Angeles, you’ll hit a city that even a veteran California traveler may never have heard of: Oxnard. This beachside gateway to California’s Central Coast is worth a stop, especially when it comes to its Jewish side.

The entrance to Baron Herzog kosher winery and Tierra Sur, the winery’s acclaimed, open-kitchen restaurant, led by Gabe Garcia

Lens On Shoah Films

09/13/2016 - 10:30
Special To The Jewish Week

In the end, every nation gets the history it deserves, if only as it is reflected in art. Consider the latest freshet in the seemingly never-ending river of films about the Shoah and its aftermaths, and how they relate to local political events.

George Robinson

Back In The Saddle…

09/08/2016 - 15:40

For as long as I’ve been a practicing rabbi, I’ve taken most of my vacation time in the month of August. Most rabbis—by far the majority—vacation in July, feeling that August is too close to the Holidays. It makes them anxious to be away then. I’m exactly the opposite. I’m all for preparing, but since July is customarily a very slow month work-wise, I’ve never quite understood why to take vacation then. I’d rather “get out of Dodge” when everyone else is getting increasingly antsy about what lies ahead!

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

New Brandeis Prez Urges ‘Discomfort’

09/06/2016 - 12:30

After 32 years at Middlebury College, the last 11 as its president, Ron Liebowitz is calling Brandeis University his new academic home.

Ron Leibowitz: BDS is not a “major issue” at Brandeis University, says school’s new president. JTA

To Sit In Judgement

09/06/2016 - 12:28
Special to The Jewish Week

‘It is true that You alone are the One who judges,” reads our High Holiday liturgy. As I prepare for the upcoming Days of Awe, I’m reminded of my own recent encounter with our justice system.

Avram Mlotek

Travel Napa: Let The Wine (And Culture) Flow

Along the Silverado trail in Napa.

09/06/2016 - 12:24
Travel Writer

As fall’s chilly gusts begin to settle into the Northeast, the heat is rising in California. September and October are typically the driest, warmest months in the fabled Wine Country, ideal for basking in sunbaked vineyards.

Amazing grapes: Sign welcoming travelers to Napa Valley and the towns of Napa, Yountville and St. Helena. Wikimedia Commons

Matchmaker: How Mike Met Chloe

09/05/2016 - 11:21
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It generally takes two to make a match.  But in order for Chloe Leavitt, 27, to meet Michael (Mike) Fabiani, 30, it took an additional three: Chloe’s mom, Lauren; Mike’s mom, Marcy; and Lisa, a friend of both Lauren and Marcy.

Chloe Leavitt, 27, & Mike Fabiani, 30, on their wedding day. Photo courtesy of Annie Mcelwain & Raya Carlisle

Fall for Jewish Culture Across Europe

Annual Jewish Event Casts Spotlight On Heritage Off The Beaten Path

08/30/2016 - 11:43
Travel Writer

The eastern French region of Lorraine — home of the quiche — harbors all kinds of treasures amid its medieval walls, elegant chateaux and golden hillsides, where champagne grapes flourish under a hot autumn sun. Over the centuries, boundaries shifted back and forth between countries; local dialects, mixing Germanic, Gallic and Sephardic elements, evolved alongside a complex Jewish heritage.

The historic synagogue in Metz, in the French region of Lorraine. Wikimedia Commons

Secular Humanists Take N.Y.

08/23/2016 - 17:08

Paul Golin is the new executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (www.SHJ.org), the congregational arm of the Humanistic Jewish movement in North America. He previously served as associate executive director of Big Tent Judaism (formerly the Jewish Outreach Institute) and is co-author of “Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren to Do (And Not Do) to Nurture Jewish Identity in Their Grandchildren,” (Torah Aura Production, 2007). The interview was conducted via email.

Society for Humanistic Judaism’s new head Paul Golin to open first office here.
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