Lifecycle

  • For Children of Intermarriage, Decisive Influences Can Vary

    Robin Margolis was in her 30s when she found out her late mother was Jewish. It was 1984 and she was cleaning out her mother’s closet when she found a bag of old documents. The woman she knew as Marie Margolis was born Marie Levine. The revelation, though sudden, was somehow comforting. "I’d been drifting… More ▸

  • Rachel Crossley: Sukkah Sowed Jewish Seed

    When Rachel Crossley was growing up in Ohio, her family celebrated her father’s Christian holidays and her mother’s Jewish ones. But she knew that she and her twin brother were Jewish her mother always told them so. Then why, Rachel asked when she was 12, didn’t the family go to synagogue? Why did they put… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Murder of Jewish College Students

    Communities in New York, Arizona and Maryland are reeling after two Jewish college sophomores were gunned down at Arizona State University. Carol Kestenbaum and Nicole Schiffman, both from Long Island, had been best friends since high school and were out celebrating Kestenbaum’s 20th birthday at ASU, where the Bellmore resident was an education major. Schiffman,… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues Feminist Group Marks Progress,

    With strident calls for action and threats of “taking to the streets” if the issue is not soon resolved, participants in the 10th anniversary conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance ratcheted up the rhetoric around the plight of agunot, “chained women” whose husbands refuse to grant them a religious bill of divorce. “Let this… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Former Playgirl Editor May Be

    At a bookstore in Brooklyn, Ronnie Koenig and I are searching the stacks for the latest edition of Playgirl magazine. Koenig, the magazine’s former editor in chief, points to the women’s interest section and implores me to search toward the back, but all we can find is a lonely copy of Well Hung Hunks, a… More ▸

  • After Actions During Seattle Tragedy, Pregnant Woman in Hero’s Spotlight

    It was only a phone call, but it changed everything. Dayna Klein’s act of defiance halted the shooting spree at the Jewish Federation in Seattle on July 28 and made her a heroine. Now Klein, five months pregnant, is sharing her story, urging all employers to take workplace security seriously, speaking up for gun control… More ▸

  • In Time of Crisis, Orthodox Support for Israel is Vocal — and Personal

    This past Shabbat, as is the custom at his synagogue, Rabbi Chaim Shapiro called several individuals from the congregation to join him on the bimah as he made kiddush. Among them was Yonatan Blush, whose grandparents are congregants at Congregation Torah Ohr in Boca Raton, Fla. Even as fighting along Israel’s northern border intensified, Blush… More ▸

  • Birthright Hits a Magic Number As It Strives for Greater Funding

    Birthright israel could do a heck of a lot worse than Stephanie Lowenthal as the 100,000th participant on the group’s free, 10-day, identity-building trips to Israel. The 26-year-old New Yorker is attractive, eloquent and poised — and, as was evident during a news conference Wednesday, she’ll do well as birthright’s public face when the organization… More ▸