South Florida Culture

The Year Of Fear

What Park51 and the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding say about the Jewish community.

Special To The Jewish Week
01/14/2011

 While I would not necessarily have labeled it as such, when the religion writers of America declared that Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” was the biggest religion story of the year, it’s hard to ignore — especially given that we are in New York and the fact that this story certainly got the attention of lots of Jews from across the ideological and theological spectrum. And yet, the building itself is not a big deal.

Groom Marc Mezvinsky and bride Chelsea Clinton’s with the bride’s parents. getty images

A Year In Review 2010

Past as prologue: the top issues of 2010 set the stage for 2011.

01/14/2011
Reports from an eventful year

The Year That Nonprofits Want To Forget

JTA
12/25/2009

Some years are more memorable than others. I can still recall the end of 1987, the year I moved to Israel and, six weeks later, the start of the first Palestinian intifada. I was living in Abu Tor, a Jerusalem neighborhood split right down the middle, with Jews on one side and Arabs on the other. I could smell the burning tires and tear gas from my apartment.
 

War, New Leaders And … Mortgages

Israel Correspondent
12/25/2009

Some years are more memorable than others. I can still recall the end of 1987, the year I moved to Israel and, six weeks later, the start of the first Palestinian intifada. I was living in Abu Tor, a Jerusalem neighborhood split right down the middle, with Jews on one side and Arabs on the other. I could smell the burning tires and tear gas from my apartment.
 

Year Of Hurt Forcing Tough New Choices

Editor and Publisher
12/25/2009

At the end of 1992, referring to a 12-month period of embarrassing family woes including three of her four children’s marital break-ups, Queen Elizabeth famously declared the year an “annus horribilus.”

Any Jewish leader reviewing the events of the past 12 months might well refer to 5769 in the more familiar vernacular as an “annus bloodytsuris.”

No Energy Crisis Here

Special To The Jewish Week
12/25/2009

One morning this past July, I visited the bet midrash (study hall) of Yeshivat Hadar in Manhattan. Nearly 50 young people were there, spending their summer in serious engagement with Jewish texts. The room pulsated with the vitality of a traditional yeshiva and the intellectual openness of a university.

Year Of Crisis, Year Of Shame

Special To The Jewish Week
12/25/2009

Did anything good happen in 2009? It’s hard to find the silver lining in this year of crisis and shame for the Jewish world — as hard as finding a likable character in “A Serious Man,” a film whose dark Joban overtones of unjust absurdity fit the zeitgeist perfectly. Hope was most definitely last year’s poster. We’ve had worse years, to be sure, but rarely have we suffered so much from wounds that were primarily self-inflicted.

‘The Power Of Music And Worship’

12/16/2008
Staff Writer
As he walked out of B’nai  Torah Congregation in Boca Raton after morning Sabbath services recently, one congregant was heard to compare the service to an “opera” performance.  The reaction was not uncommon because accompanying the cantor during parts of the service was a five-member professional choir, some of whose members sing with opera companies. This Conservative synagogue also has a 14-member congregational choir that performs with both the cantor and the professional choir.

The Boynton Boom

12/16/2008
Staff Writer
Eight years ago, when Rabbi Anthony Fratello  became the spiritual leader of Temple Shaarei Shalom, a Reform synagogue in Boynton Beach, the congregation had 100 households — and the youngest member was 75. Since then, its membership has grown six fold, 250 children have enrolled in the religious school and the congregation is almost doubling its 10,000-square-foot building.
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