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How Jonathan Met Sharone

05/06/2014
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“No one would have thought to fix us up” she says. “He was too standard and I was too strange.”  

Sharone Chernyak and Jonathan Bloom were juniors at Yeshiva University at the same time, and yet their paths had never crossed. That is, until 2012, the summer before graduation, when they were 22. Both had been accepted into the CLIP Leadership Internship Program at New York University, even though each had doubts about the program.

Standard and strange are somehow beshert. Courtesy of Jonathan and Sharone Bloom

Actually, J Street Won

The Conference of Presidents has compromised its integrity as a group that truly represents American Jewry.

05/01/2014
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Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose.  Sometimes you win, but really lose. And then other times you lose, but really win.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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Space In Their Schedules For Science Experiments

04/29/2014
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Like many Americans, some eighth- and ninth-grade day school students from Livingston, N.J., will be eagerly following next week’s launch of a Space X rocket and experiments later this year on the International Space Station.

Courtesy of Kushner Yeshivas

The Spontaneous Intimacy Of Travel

04/29/2014
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“Are you Jewish?” my seatmate asked me about five minutes into the Amtrak ride from New York to Philadelphia.

The question might strike some as unnervingly direct, but New Yorkers are famous for that. And it was far from the most personal question I’ve been asked by someone I’ve known for less time than it takes to make coffee — someone with whom the only apparent connection is a passenger fare.

Exchanges with fellow travelers are among the more indelible imprints of travel. Wikimedia Commons

Shoah Statement Is ‘Significant Benchmark’

Rabbi Marc Schneier met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

04/29/2014
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Rabbi Marc Schneier, spiritual leader of the Hampton Synagogue on Long Island and president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, was in Israel for Passover when he was invited to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Rabbi Marc Schneier and PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Mahmoud Alian
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At IDF Dinner, The Story of Dani's Medal

04/29/2014
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Yael Schiffenbauer came from Israel last month for the annual New York dinner of Friends of the IDF. At the dinner, she shared the story of her husband, Dani, and the medal FIDF awarded him.

Yael Schiffenbauer and Arthur Stark at Friends of IDF dinner. Courtesy of FIDF

Saluting Our Military Chaplains

04/25/2014
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On Wednesday of this week, in Philadelphia, I was saddened but honored to be a co-officiant at the funeral service for Rabbi Aaron Landes, a prominent rabbi in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania for many years. Both as President of the Rabbinical Assembly and as a long-time friend of the family – his in-laws had been members of my congregation for over fifty years – it was a deeply meaningful experience for me.

Lieutenant Yonatan Warren (r) in Pohang, South Korea last week. Courtesy of Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Swiss Cinnamon Crisps

Enjoy the return to chametz with this fun, quick cookie.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

A friend recently told me that she loves my blog, but that she only makes the recipes that are easy and have a high yield. I get it; I happen to like spending time in the kitchen, but many people want to get in and out as quickly as possible.

Ingredients
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For the Cookies:
1 cup (16 tablespoons/200g) butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
For the Cinnamon Topping:
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk (or substitute soy milk or orange juice)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Going To Bat For The Rescuers

Stanlee Stahl runs the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, which provides financial support to gentiles who rescued Jews.

04/24/2014
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Stanlee Stahl has been executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous since 1992. Since 1986, the organization has provided $34 million in financial support to more than 2,500 gentiles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Currently JFR supports 654 rescuers in 22 countries, with the vast proportion living in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus and Hungary. The foundation also runs a Holocaust education program that has trained more than 400 middle and high school teachers from the U.S. and Eastern Europe since 2000. On the eve of Yom HaShoah, The Jewish Week caught up with Stahl for a wide-ranging discussion on the rescuers she’s met and the impact of the group’s education program. This is an edited transcript.

Jewish Foundation for the Righteous’ Stanlee Stahl: Rescuers “were people like us.”
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An Escape For L.A.’s Turkish Jewish Community

04/23/2014
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Avalon, Catalina Island — It’s no more than a short cruise from busy Los Angeles, but once here, you’ll think you’ve sailed to a far-away paradise.

Palm trees frame the harbor in Avalon, on Catalina Island.  George Medovoy
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