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It’s Down Home Southern Comfort at Federation Gala

By Masha Leon

Cowboy hats, jeans on bottom and chic on top — “Southern Comfortable” — was the dress code at the February 11 UJA-Federation of New York Entertainment, Media & Communications Division bash at the Regent Wall Street Hotel. Joel Katz, the first attorney inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and “a definitive leader…Read More


‘Charmed’ Torah Finds A New Resting Place

By Judith A. Sokoloff

Jersey City PATH station, around 1 in the morning, Sunday, a few years back. It’s quiet down in the subway — small groups of tired visitors chat as they wait for the train back to Manhattan.A young man comes flying down the stairs, sooty-faced, wild-eyed and disheveled. “Is there a Jew here?” he asks anxiously. Nobody pays attention.Read More


Check Mate: Daughters-in-Law Root of Evil

By Wendy Belzberg

My sons are both in their 30s, married and make more money than we do. When the six of us go out together for dinner, my husband and sons take turns picking up the check or agree to split it. But after a recent meal together, one of my daughters-in-law called to say she was incensed by my cheapness and my attitude. She says that parentsRead More


How a Teenage Mom Came To Lead Top Group for Reproductive Choice

By Lisa Keys

Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, looks every bit the executive, wearing a black turtleneck and gray print blazer and with her brown hair styled into a smart, shiny bob. She sits comfortably in her corner office, one with sweeping views of a blizzard swirling down Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue,Read More


Founding Feminism: Two Looks Back at the Struggle

By Erica Brody

Susan Weidman Schneider could never have guessed what would follow when, in 1973, she accepted an invitation to lunch from Aviva Cantor, an editor at Hadassah Magazine. Even when Schneider, then a freelance writer, agreed to become involved with a new feminist magazine for Jewish women, she wouldn’t have predicted what it would mean for herself,Read More


Rock on, Baby: No Cloying Music for This Hip Kiddie

By Marjorie Ingall

Go to the children’s music section in Tower Records and let the hurling begin. (I realize I promised no mentions of vomit in this week’s column, but my editor is on vacation. Vomit, vomit, vomit. Don’t tell her.) Generally, music intended for children is perky, chipmunk-y, condescending, cloying and unlistenable for anyone old enough…Read More


Never Underestimate the Power of Good Barbecue

By Abraham Genauer

Attempted by many, perfected by few, good barbecue is hard to come by. People build lifelong attachments to a particular restaurant, and I’ve seen grown men weep at the news their favorite joint’s closed down. Don’t think me heartless if I feel no pity for them. For however elusive good barbecue may seem, believe me when I say that for theRead More


Reaching Out to the Unaffiliated; Honoring Pooch Power

By Masha Leon

As the orchestra played a waltz, the black-tie crowd filed into the Waldorf-Astoria’s ballroom for the National Jewish Outreach Program’s annual dinner February 4. Master of ceremonies and philanthropist Sam Domb — a Holocaust survivor introduced by NJOP founder Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald as “a close and constant advisor to Prime…Read More


His Ex-Girlfriend Wants Her Expensive Gifts Back

By Wendy Belzberg

I just broke up with my girlfriend of two years. She is now asking me to return two high-priced gifts that she bought me, neither of which I had asked for. When she bought me a new computer seven months ago, our relationship was already on the rocks, and I was torn about accepting the gift. She assured me that she wanted me to have the computerRead More


The Golden Calf as a Symbol Of Desire for a Knowable God

By Raymond P. Scheindlin

‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 32:4)The people couldn’t have been so blind as to believe that the statue that Aaron had just made right before their eyes was their God. All the Israelites, even women, children and infants in arms, had just, unforgettably, seen God three months earlier whenRead More


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