Jewish Journal

Debra Nussbaum Cohen

  • Stumbling through my bat mitzvah

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    My bat mitzvah was an unmitigated disaster.

    I'd hoped the guests would be as taken as I was with my dress, first high heels and the orange and yellow petit fours at the Kiddush.

    But instead, they were left with an altogether different image when I fell while parading the Torah scroll...

  • Matisyahu gets a new spiritual groove

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It is only a few miles from Crown Heights to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, but in some respects, the asphalt avenues linking them bridge entirely disparate worlds.

    Matisyahu Miller -- known to his legions of fans by his first name, and to his friends simply as Matis -- makes the trip almost...

  • Waiter, Hold the Knishes

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    They're vanquishing the Viennese table, banning the bars, and even putting the kibosh on fancy kugels in Borough Park and other fervently Orthodox neighborhoods, where weddings have become extravagant -- and very, very expensive -- affairs.

    A group of 27 influential Charedi rabbis...

  • Ritualized Equality

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Woven into many Jews' seders when they sit down to celebrate Passover this year will be a spate of new traditions.

    A Miriam's Cup next to Elijah's represents the role of the prophetess Miriam in the Exodus and highlights women's contributions to Jewish culture. A seemingly...

  • New Coalition Opposes Intermarriage

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the face of widespread popular Jewish acceptance of intermarriage and a sense that the Jewish community's leaders have given up any effort to oppose it, a group of 25 Jewish rabbis, intellectuals, lay leaders and communal affairs professionals is galvanizing to fight for change.


  • Shared Dreams

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., schoolchildren all over the country are learning about his fight to win civil rights for black Americans through nonviolent protest. They are learning about the marches he led, the people he rallied and the stirring speeches he gave.


  • Balancing Acts

    December 30, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Rabbi Eric Yoffie and other Reform movement leaders walked through the doors of Walt Disney World's Dolphin Hotel about a week before Christmas last year, they were greeted by a garishly lit, outsized Christmas Tree and the sound of caroling.

    When they checked out the meeting...

  • Is Y2K a Jewish issue?

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Is the change of the secular calendar from 1999 to 2000 a Jewish issue?

    Some insist that the change of the millennium doesn't take place until the calendar rolls over to 2001. But no matter when they think the current era comes to a close, people on both sides of the overall...