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Lessons from COVID

COVID-19, one can sink or swim, withdraw or rescue, bewail unfair portions or cherish the blessings. My aunt Zelda, who loved to walk and devoured poetry, always quoted...

Sinai Bat Mitzvah milestone for Reese Bernstein — and temple

Bernstein’s Bat Mitzvah Saturday, May 30, in Temple Sinai’s chapel signified a milestone in this young gymnast’s Jewish life and the Reform temple that shuttered...

New Rochelle, where NY’s outbreak began, yearns for normal

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — It was during my own quarantine in Israel following an ill-timed trip to Italy in late February that I learned that my parents were stuck in the...

Can a computer screen replace a campfire?

NEW YORK — Ask Jewish summer camp directors about the hardest part of designing a virtual camp experience for the COVID-19 era and they’ll laugh. Then they’ll say...

His mattress matters!

The coronavirus has been such an enormous, life-changing event. Together with much of the planet, we’ve been on lockdown, in quarantine. For so many if not most...

They are also heroes: Funeral directors

S. Eliot, contemporizing Chaucer’s lyrical ode to spring in The Canterbury Tales (1387-1400), immortalized April as the cruelest month in his epic poem, “The...

Yiddish take on pandemic

By Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg NEW YORK — We’ve been self-quarantining for more than 40 days and 40 nights and, quite frankly, we’re running out of steam....

Italian shuls cautiously reopen

ROME — The tables were still covered with open copies of the Book of Esther when Rabbi Yigal Chazan reentered his Milan synagogue this week. The scripture is read...

It’s not normal

It’s as if I’m at the baseball park and wonder where I am. It’s not that I’m losing my mind. I know I’m at the baseball park — but why am I here when I want...

Up close and personal no more

I have always been a “touchy-feely” kind of gal. And while I never gave it much thought before, I realize now that I am a chronic hugger, arm-linker and...