More by Ariel Schneider

A Panim el Panim Chat with Jamie and Judith

In the midst of our spring Community Café project I took some time, of course face to face, with Jamie Emhoff and Judith Trachtenberg, longtime leaders of Panim el Panim. Q. Why did you first become involved in Panim el … Continue reading »


An Amazing Spirit of Philanthropy

“Coffee is symbolic of taking care of people and tending to their souls.”    —Marty Rosenblatt Papers are flying, phones are ringing off the hook. The pressures of deadlines are looming. A story just broke, and chaos ensues across the office. … Continue reading »


Camaraderie in the Campaign Against Hunger

What do a retired florist, an art teacher, and a cookbook author have in common? A passion for providing food for Upper West Side Community members in need of a meal, and building community within BJ. The Judith Bernstein Lunch Program, … Continue reading »


For the Love of Reading

Sandy Davidson and Ellen Schecter, BJ Reads co-chairs, often begin their orientation for volunteers at the start of the school year the same way: with reading. But not reading in English. Volunteers instead read international newspapers. “When I first ask … Continue reading »