All In The Genetic Family

03/22/2016 - 10:27
Special To The Jewish Week

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died last month, much was made in the media about his longtime friendship with fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While the two oldest justices on the court occupied opposite ends of the political spectrum, they surprised many by being, as Derrick Wang’s new opera, “Scalia/Ginsburg,” has them sing, “best buddies.”

Ted Merwin

Even Paranoids Have Enemies…

03/17/2016 - 12:49

Though Auschwitz was liberated more than seventy years ago, its legacy, along with the other death camps and horrific crimes that were committed against us during the Shoah, continues to cast a pall over the Jewish community worldwide.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

‘Shifts Taking Place’ In Egypt, Turkey

The executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on his meetings with Erdogan, al-Sisi, and more.

03/15/2016 - 17:20
Staff Writer

Malcolm Hoenlein is the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He returned recently from the group’s 42nd annual Leadership Mission to Israel, which was attended by more than 100 leaders from the conference’s 53 member organizations. Before the group landed in Israel, some of them visited Turkey and Egypt and met with the leadership of both countries.

Malcolm Hoenlein: Egyptian schools have begun teaching about the Camp David Accords with Israel.

Vermont; A Vacation With Socialist Leanings

Sanders phenomenon has cast a fresh spotlight on the rugged, quirky, individualistic tradition of Jewish New Englanders.

03/15/2016 - 13:28
Travel Writer

Bernie fever has reached such a pitch in the green hills of Vermont that at farmer’s markets around Manchester you can buy Bernie Sandwich Bread, a marble rye that pays homage to the democratic socialist senator’s Brooklyn roots.

The gift shop at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, in Manchester. credit: Flickr

Filming The Inexplicable

03/15/2016 - 13:26
Special To The Jewish Week

Leo Baeck divided human knowledge into three groups: those phenomena that we understand, those that we do not understand but that science will eventually explain, and “that which is impenetrable.” To my mind, the impenetrable is the most appealing part of religious thought.

George Robinson

On the Trump Pledge: The Optics Are Worse Than Bad

03/09/2016 - 12:29

With today’s electronic and social media affording virtually anyone the chance to share thoughts and images around the world with staggering speed, it has never been more important to take care when publishing a picture in a newspaper, or, more privately, or before hitting the “send” button on a personal message or photo. More than a few of us have had the very unhappy experience of hitting that button too quickly and wishing desperately that we could take it back, especially if we sent a private message in error to an entire listserv. When a private comment or thought goes public, terrible things can happen.

Donald Trump. Wikimedia Commons

Leveling The Playing Field For Special Needs Learners

03/09/2016 - 09:24

In December, Jonathan Holub, 35, took over the helm of the PALS (Providing Alternative Learning Strategies) program for students with learning disabilities at Carmel Academy, a K-8 Jewish day school in Greenwich, Conn. The Jewish Week caught up with him via email to discuss how the field of special education has changed over the past decade and a half and the unique challenges Jewish schools face in serving students with learning disabilities.

Jonathan Holub. Courtesy of Carmel Academy

‘In 5 Or 10 Years, It’ll Be Like St. Martin’

03/08/2016 - 18:08
Travel Writer

You wouldn’t know it from all the breathless articles about the wide new world of Cuba travel, but tourism in Castro’s paradise is still illegal in the eyes of Uncle Sam.

Still largely undeveloped, Cuba offers scenes of simple charm. Wikimedia Commons

Marrying The Promised Land

03/08/2016 - 12:08
Special To The Jewish Week

In a few weeks I will marry my fiancé Brenda and adopt her 4-year-old daughter, Marta. I will also attach myself to a new country.

Ben Krull

Matchmaker: How Josh met Robyn

Two Cornell alums, Josh Tamaroff and Robyn Finklestein, bonded over their love for animals and NYC

03/07/2016 - 14:57
Jewish Week Online Columnist

He says: “We met at Cornell University in 2004.  I was a freshman, and I tried to pick up Robyn at a fraternity party.”  She politely disagrees: “We met six years later when we were neighbors in a Manhattan apartment building.  We first noticed each other on a day when I was wearing my Cornell sweats and doing my laundry.” Who is right? “We agree to disagree about when we met,” says 30 year-old Josh (Joshua) Tamaroff. Robyn Finkelstein, 31, adds: “But we agree that we were lucky to have met.”

Josh Tamaroff (right) and Robyn Finklestein. Susan Stripling
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