Jewish Journal

Ellen Switkes

  • We’d All Rather Be in Venice

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "What a bunch of shleppers," my father remarks, his head doing a 180-degree pan as he takes in the view. "Not one of them has anything unique to say. Such conformists. Just looking at them makes me nauseous."

    I turn to look, so that I, too, can take in the same view. Yes, we're at...

  • First Person - Our Sunday Shabbos

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Long, long ago, when I was a child in faraway suburban Maryland, our extended family would meet regularly at my grandparents' house for Sunday brunch. Brunch became a religious ritual for this group of secular Jews.

    We weren't totally nonobservant. Every Friday night, mom would...