First Person

A Kosher Foodie’s Fantasy In Boro Park

A head-spinning 17-course culinary marathon in the heart of Brooklyn

07/19/2016 - 13:00
Editorial Intern

On the face of it, this was a dream assignment. Second day on the job, and your supervisor asks if you’d like to cover an exclusive, $300-a-head, 17-course (no, that’s not a typo) meal prepared by a top kosher chef. It was a no-brainer.

One of the many bright, colorful and delicious dishes. Joy of Kosher Magazine.

Recycling Of A Different Sort

07/12/2016 - 11:44
Special To The Jewish Week

As I leaned over the bathroom sink, flanked by a pile of grimy kids’ shoes and a homegrown arsenal of tools with which to clean them, I wondered not for the first time what I was doing there. The environment, I reminded myself, a revolt against our culture’s rabid consumerism, the long-lost art of thrift, ah yes. I sliced a toothpick along the muddy grooves of a sandal’s sole and flung the dislodged dirt down the drain. Another one saved.

Elisheva Trenk Blumberg

My Kitchen, My Sons

06/14/2016 - 13:24
Special To The Jewish Week

In one of the parenting fantasies I had before I became a mother, I am standing in a kitchen much larger than mine, leaning on a countertop wiped spotless by an imaginary housekeeper. I am surrounded by a ring of daughters, and together, we are admiring the oozing babkas that have recently emerged from the oven.

Merri Ukraincik

Poland, Twenty-Five Years Later

05/10/2016 - 13:09
Special To The Jewish Week

On a recent Shabbat afternoon in Warsaw, I walked through the shadows of a Jewish horror show: first, remnant slivers of the wall of the Warsaw Ghetto in someone else’s apartment courtyard; then the site where once stood the majestic Great Synagogue the Nazis destroyed after they suppressed the Ghetto Uprising; next, the outline of the bridge that connected the larger and smaller sections of the ghetto; on to an imposing memorial listing 448 Jewish first names at the Umschlagplatz, from where Warsaw’s Jews were transported on a one-way journey to Treblinka; and, finally, a mass-grave memorial to the victims, adjacent to a huge Jewish cemetery where pre-Shoah giants of Jewish history lie.

Noam E. Marans

The Holy Man Of Auschwitz

04/26/2016 - 11:37
Special To The Jewish Week

Dr. Nicolai Sebastian and I met in Auschwitz when I was brought to his miniature “operating room” (originally a broom storage area at the end of our barrack), where a slotted bench served as an operating table.

Menachem Warshawski

Honeymooning In Israel

04/12/2016 - 12:21
Special To The Jewish Week

As a rabbi, I’m not usually invited on honeymoon vacations. But in February, I had the opportunity to serve as a Jewish educator for New York City’s first Honeymoon Israel trip. The trip operates in cities around the country, offering couples with at least one Jewish partner a highly subsidized and immersive trip to Israel.

Avram Mlotek

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

Into The Light Of The Dark Black Night

02/16/2016 - 12:47
Special To The Jewish Week

Last year I journeyed to the precipice of death. It was a horrible trip, ending in the loss of my sister-in-law, Ali.

Elicia Brown

Operating On Faith

01/19/2016 - 12:09
Special To The Jewish Week

Last spring, I consented to a surgical face-off with a medical condition that had left me with no other options. Still, it had taken serious convincing for me to overlook the risks and pin my hopes on the procedure’s life-changing potential.

Merri Ukraincik

Bound To Tradition

01/05/2016 - 13:55
Special To The Jewish Week

My tefillin-zekl — the small velvet sack in which I store my phylacteries — tells me a story early every morning, when I open it in preparation for davening. 

Jerome A. Chanes
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