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President Endorses Gay Synagogues


President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City


BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

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Letter Of The Law

Prenup, catering contract, and who owns the wedding video, anyway? Better get a lawyer.

Special To The Jewish Week

If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll undoubtedly seek, and receive, blizzards of advice. But one person you may not think to call is a lawyer, and my point — and I know this will come as a surprise — is that this is unfortunate.

On Your Case Book Cover.

Marking Birthdays With Dancing And Good Deeds

From fundraising massages to a flamenco performance, innovative ways to celebrate a new decade.

Culture Editor

For her upcoming 70th birthday, artist Miriam Stern’s family is planning to publish a book about her artistic career, with essays about her work and color images. The idea was a surprise to her when they told her of their plans last year. Her family knew that she did not like parties with her as the center of attention and thought of this meaningful tribute in her honor. She was delighted, and is now involved in the process of selecting images and working with the writers (miriamstern.net).

Micki Kaplan Reiss marked a milestone birthday with a flamenco flourish. Teddy Reiss

‘Helping People Not Just With Money’

With apron, gloves and hair net, bar/bat mitzvah kids can pitch in for Israel’s needy

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — When Jordana Schoor was planning her son Saadya’s bar mitzvah she sought an activity that would be both fun and meaningful for her large extended family. Knowing Saadya’s commitment to doing good deeds, Schoor booked a family outing to Pantry Packers (http://pantrypackers.org/), the 2-year-old food distribution arm of Colel Chabad, the oldest continuously operating network of social services in Israel.

Relatives of a bar mitzvah boy pack food in the Pantry Packers plant in Jerusalem. Michele Chabin/JW

Welcome To The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Do-Over

‘ReBar’ offers a rite of passage second chance for Jews who feel disconnected.


For some Jewish youths, the bar/bat mitzvah experience, like that of their teenage years in general, can be an awkward one. In most cases, the rite of passage is a culmination of years of studying in order to enter Jewish adulthood, and is feted in a large party with friends and family. But for others, the bar/bat mitzvah process can have negative elements and may even be an unofficial “goodbye” to their religious observance.

Millennial Jews at Reboot’s “reBar Mitzvah” event in Los Angeles last fall.  Courtesy of Reboot

Neighborhood Watch

A sense of place pervades many of this summer’s new volumes.

Culture Editor

‘The Odd Woman and the City” by Vivian Gornick (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a memoir, a meditation on her urban, literary life. She unfolds her story with great candor, humor and a tough edge. “I prize my hardened heart,” she writes. A walker in the city, she finds herself preferring the West Side, where there’s “all that intelligence trapped inside all those smarts.”

Saint Mazie, The Old Woman and The City, Reunion.

There Go The Neighborhoods

The old Jewish quarter of Memphis and the rundown Bronx get new life, thanks to Steve Stern and Jerome Charyn.

Special To The Jewish Week

Call him the Bard of Jewish Memphis. As in previous works, in his latest novel, “The Pinch: A History, A Novel,” author Steve Stern brings to life the formerly bustling, now blighted Memphis neighborhood called “The Pinch.” Also, once again, Stern’s fictional re-creation is characterized by a fanciful collage of kabbalistic magic, mystical longings, and Jewish folklore galore.

In “The Pinch,” Steve Stern, paints a fanciful tale of Memphis’ onetime Jewish ghetto.

Celebrate June 2015

Welcome to the bar/bat mitzvah do-over. A hunger for a good mitzvah project. Marking milestone birthdays, with a twist.

Celebrate June 2015
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