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The Fabric Of Our Lives

Stitching together a Jewish identity in the garment industry.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/26/2012

He sits there on Seventh Avenue, oblivious to the traffic streaming downtown, to the tourists dashing past him on their way uptown to the Broadway theaters and restaurants.

Immortalized in bronze, the yarmulke-clad Jewish garment worker sits intently with bowed head at his sewing machine in the heart of the old garment district, as if reality has been turned inside out like a piece of clothing and he is ceaselessly stitching the metropolis itself back together.

The needle trade: The statue of the yarmulke-clad garment draws a crowd on Seventh Avenue. michael daTikash

Only The Subway Stop Remains

The Lower East Side, in memory.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/26/2012

Long before there were Jewish shopping districts in Brooklyn and Queens, there was the Lower East Side.

In fact, long before there were Century 21 for clothes, DSW for shoes and 99-cent stores for everything else, there was the Lower East Side.

For more than a century, the Lower East Side had been the quintessential locale for a Jewish book, a kosher meal (meat or dairy) and, of course, a bargain.

An apartment building near the Delancey/Essex subway station, part of the gentrifying Lower East Side.

A Sense Of Place

Managing Editor
12/26/2012

The Woodstock locals told us the old place wasn’t even pink anymore, but we pressed on. We were pilgrims in search of a shrine, a landmark that would help us remember who we were and mark the passage of time. So in the fading light of a late August day we headed up the side of Overlook Mountain into West Saugerties looking for Big Pink.

Robert Goldblum

Directions December 2012

Landmark Status
Places (and a few people) we love. Meditations on the Jewish cityscape.

12/26/2012
Directions December 2012

We’ll Turn Manhattan Into An Isle Of …

Flying from Israel to New York for a date? Looking for some sizzle, from the Morgan to the latest Woody Allen flick.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/07/2010

It was a Jewish Week story that tipped me off to the fortune teller. He was Jewish and had a “branch office” somewhere near Times Square, which is another way of saying he accepted walk-ins from the little stretch of sidewalk he called his own.

At Central Park

Planned (Single) Parenthood

Single mothers bridge the world of play dates and real dates. It can be an emotional balancing act.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/07/2010

It is a brisk afternoon in early November, and Faith Tomases has dressed accordingly, moving stiffly beneath layers of warmth, her long chestnut hair swept beneath a black beret. But watching Tomases’ daughter Julia, one would expect an entirely different climate.

Faith Tomases and daughter Julia. “You should really get married,” the 8-year-old informs her mom. photos by michael datikash

To Be Young, Gifted And Orthodox — And Divorced

Getting back in the dating game can be very dicey.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/07/2010

Cheerful and determined, Cynthia Galimidi is ready to find her soul mate — again.

At 29, the Hillside, N.J., resident has started dating again after more than seven years of marriage. Many people are just getting married or starting a family in their late 20s. Galimidi has four daughters — ages 8, 6, 5 and 3.

She knows that’s a daunting prospect for potential suitors.

“It’s been hard, because I’m just learning the rules of the game,” says Michael Zand. photos by michael datikash

A Secret Love No More

Interdating isn’t the boogeyman it once was. Could it actually lead to increased Jewish involvement?

Associate Editor
12/07/2010

Eight years ago, as director of a United Synagogue Youth chapter on the West Coast, Lisa Fogelson came up against Section Five, Line 2.

A few pages into the Conservative youth group’s constitution, in between the expectation that teen officers attend religious services and refrain from drugs and alcohol, is the line: “It is expected that leaders of the organization will refrain from relationships which can be construed as interdating.”

Keren Sachs and boyfriend Landis Kaufman: Interfaith couples group has strengthened their relationship.

Singles Of A Certain Age

For those 40 and above, balancing independence and loneliness.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/07/2010

Andrew Schiff likes his independence, he says — especially the ability to see friends according on his own schedule and to pursue his many interests and passions, which include baseball and music.

But the 42-year-old resident of the Upper East Side feels lonely at times and hopes to find a partner and raise children — a realization that often strikes him when he leaves his apartment and notices happy couples.

Singles Of A Certain Age

Can Bad Dates Make Good Theater?

Four women writers turn their adventures in singledom into Off-Broadway plays.

Special To The Jewish Week
12/07/2010

On the Off-Broadway stage these days, the date’s the thing. The Jewish date, that is.

In a quirk of theater programming (and perhaps a collective indictment of the Jewish singles scene, or at least Jewish men), no fewer than four plays of late — all by Jewish women — mine the dating lives of their authors. And they expose some of raw nerves that make dating such a sensitive proposition these days: the pull and peril of online dating, the obstacle posed by religious differences and the thorny issue of Jewish identity.

Rachel Evans, below, “Jew Wish”
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