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Record-Setting Shabbat

2,226 people gather for challah and chicken in a Tel Aviv hangar.

06/24/2014
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On one recent Friday night, the people sitting at some 80 long tables in Hangar 11 of the Tel Aviv Port made kiddush.

Then they made history.

Courtesy of White City Shabbat

Making A Case For Funding the Technion

The school boasts unique programs, such as one that integrates science, engineering and medicine to do cancer research, Jeffrey Richard says.

06/24/2014
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Jeffrey Richard of Riverdale is the new executive vice president of the American Technion Society, the national organization that supports the Haifa-based Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Richard, 43, has more than two decades of fundraising experience, including serving as vice president of university development at Columbia University and as an associate director of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. He spoke recently to The Jewish Week. This is an edited transcript.

Jeffrey Richard: Investing in science-centered institutions like Israel’s Technion is a way to “change the world.”

Jewish Culture’s Summer Home

06/24/2014
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When Rabbi Barbara Cohen settled in the Berkshire mountains 34 years ago, the Jewish community was so small that “the joke always was that everybody was related here,” recalled the Long Island native.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Lenox, which hosts a “Nosh and Drosh” text-study group.  Barbara Cohen

‘Fiddler’ For Millennials

06/24/2014
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For their jubilant “Celebration of Learning” last month at their Jewish day school in Harrisburg, Pa., my two younger daughters, Sarah and Leah, performed selections from “Fiddler on the Roof.” My children have done a lot of adorable things over the years, but nothing beats a 9-year-old dressed in a kerchief singing “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” or a 5-year-old shaking her arms and belting out “Tradition.” Little wonder that the most moving number in this month’s 50th anniversary of “Fiddler” gala by the Folksbiene was a parade of New York City schoolchildren, many of whom were not Jewish, doing a tribute to “Fiddler” in Yiddish.

Ted Merwin

The Boys, And Israel's Painful Struggle

06/20/2014
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Despite its many fault lines, the international Jewish community stands united, and shoulder to shoulder with Israel, in its struggle to bring Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel safely home. There are no equivocations to be argued, no moral equivalences to be drawn with Israel’s continued presence in the territories, no discussion of housing starts in disputed areas … nothing. This is, simply, a terrorist act by a terrorist organization. If you have to struggle to be appalled by it, well, shame on you.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Israel Isn’t A Popularity Contest

06/17/2014
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Bret Stephens, the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wondered aloud last Thursday evening, “When will Israel be more a state than a cause?”

Columnist Bret Stephens was interviewed by Write On alum Joshua Fattal on the Mideast situation. Michael Daitkiash/JW

Working To Increase Bone Marrow Registry

Leukemia survivor Jay Feinberg launches fundraising drive in memory of mother who found his donor match.

06/17/2014
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Jay Feinberg, founder of the Gift of Life bone marrow registry, is a leukemia survivor who founded the registry after he received a successful bone marrow transplant in 1995. Feinberg, 45, of Boca Raton, Fla., was the inaugural recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize in 2004. 

Feinberg’s mother, Arlene, who died in January at the age of 81, had organized 250 bone marrow match drives that tested 60,000 potential donors before a match was found for her son. In her memory, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation (giftoflife.org) will kick off a $4 million fundraising campaign with an online “virtual gala” June 22 at 7 p.m.

Jay Feinberg with his mother, Arlene Feinberg, who died earlier this year. Courtesy of Gift of Life Foundation

Pope Francis, Chagall And Asher Lev

06/17/2014
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Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in his fictional character Asher Lev. As a young boy, Asher, a painter prodigy and the son of a chasidic luminary, is drawn to a Brooklyn museum where he surreptitiously views crucifixions and nudes. He subsequently paints such scenes.

Noam E. Marans

The Green Market As Cultural Hub

06/17/2014
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Shortly after being sent to Los Angeles for work, my husband developed a grapefruit addiction.

He started showing up at the office with a bag of grapefruits every morning, working his way through a pound or two of citrus before lunch. His colleagues apparently found this amusing. When I went out to visit, I quickly honed in on the source of his addiction.

Beyond just produce: The green market in Studio City.  Hilary Larson/JW

'Miracle Of Miracles:' A Party To Celebrate Fiddler's 50th

06/13/2014
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Jerome Robbins first discovered the shtetl when he was six years old. He was born on the Lower East Side, home of immigrants from Eastern Europe. His father took him to Poland to see where his Rabinowitz family came from.

Chaim Topol, Sheldon Harnick and Mike Burstyn celebrate “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tim Boxer/JW
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