December 15th, 2005 issue #0450

December 15th, 2005
  • 'Coming home': Judaism provides healing

    As a child, Drew Alexander sang in his Episcopal church choir and skipped Sunday school, preferring to sit through lengthy services with his parents. "The pageantry of the high church Episcopal thing appealed to me a lot," he explains. It's hard to imagine how that Christian boy became the man Alexander is today: a practicing Hasidic Jew. While the road was long and winding, the journey, Alexander says, started with tragedy.

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  • Choosing their religion: That's them in the corner: two converts find new faith

    It's one of the most significant changes people can make– to leave a religion in which they've been raised and embrace a new faith. Family and friends can feel left behind, and let's face it a life of piety is not for the faint of heart. (Three hours of prayer a day, anyone?) Yet for Drew Alexander, who left Christianity behind for orthodox Judaism and for Lauren Winner, who first became an orthodox Jew and then converted to evangelical Christianity, keeping the faith has big rewards.

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  • Kosher to communion: Winner's path to Christ

    Judging from her religious history, it's clear: when Lauren Winner does something, she does it all the way. When this daughter of a Jewish father and a lapsed Baptist mother decided to become more involved in Judaism as a 16-year-old college freshman, she didn't simply attend Friday services. She went all the way, officially converting to Judaism and practicing as an Orthodox Jew.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Best reason for joy in Hooville: UVA gets its biggest donation ever– $45 million from the Ivy Foundation, a remnant of the W. Alton Jones Foundation– and Govern...

The Dish

  • Risen Rose: Sushi with karaoke on the side

    Like its Japanese eponym, who taunted U.S. soldiers in the Pacific during WW II with her infamous radio broadcasts, Tokyo Rose, the restaurant, has been taunting sushi love...


Question of the Week

Real Estate - $old

  • REAL ESTATE- $old

    ALBEMARLE 8/11  March Mountain Properties LLC to Scott R. and Danyelle M. Collins, 0.270 acres at 7112 Hampstead Drive, Ballard Field, Old Trail, $85,000. Hessian Hi...

  • SOLD

    APPEARED IN THE HOOK: August 18, 2005 in issue 0433 ADDRESS: 382 South Pantops Drive ASKING PRICE: $184,000 SELLING PRICE: $182,500 COUNTY ASSESSMENT: $145,500 DAYS TO CONT...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Deja-view: Wynnewood seems familiar

    ADDRESS: 240 Warren Street NEIGHBORHOOD: Scottsville ASKING: $449,000 COUNTY ASSESSMENT: $304,000 YEAR BUILT: 1850 SIZE: 2930 fin. sq. ft. LAND: 1.757 acres CURB APPEAL: 9...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property Auctions

    December 15 at 10am at the Albemarle County Courthouse Property: 38 Spring Court, Building B, Four Seasons Condominium Debtor: Philip Hyman Amount owing: $60,800 Bidder br...

DR. HooK

  • Feeling sad? Maybe you have SAD

    Katie Couric used to be called "perky." When I think of perky, I think of my mother's old coffee percolator with Chock Full O'Nuts. Most patients and people I know say to m...

Movie Reviews

Music Reviews

  • AGT: Shut up and listen

    I remember going to an Acoustic Charlottesville showcase at Starr Hill a few years back and being very frustrated with the audience. I don't remember who had taken the stag...


  • Complex man: Carl Smith loved UVA

    Legendary UVA donor Carl Smith, shown here in a 2001 picture, died December 8 after a long illness. Smith gave $23 million five years ago toward the $100 million overhaul o...

  • Dateline: date rape: UVA gets national coverage

    The issue of date rape on college campuses made national news on Sunday, December 11, as NBC's newszine Dateline covered the issue– and featured UVA student Annie Hyl...

  • Dump slump: County cleanup called misguided

    To some Keswick residents, the cleanup of the county's most infamous illegal dump is going backwards. First came debris removal; now comes soil and groundwater testing unde...

  • Hair's breadth: McDonnell certified AG winner

    Virginia voters flocked to the polls for the November general election more than a month ago, but for Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell, the nail-biting is far from over. On M...

  • Slow crossing: City delay irks merchants

    Back in May, the Downtown Business Association asked the city to open an east-end Downtown Mall crossing to replace the 6th and 7th Street crossings closed a year ago when ...

  • Subsidy? Critics decry Breeden tax break

    Only four short years ago, Charlottesville was agog at what was then the most expensive real estate transaction ever: former Tyco CFO Mark Swartz's $17 million purchase of ...

On Architecture

  • Mod squad: Designers, PHA go modular

    Just before Thanksgiving, three houses built in a factory in just seven days were driven to a lot near the intersection of 10th and Page Streets. Then the three 1,200 squar...

Strange But True




  • An insult to honor

    After reading your recent article on the fourth-year fifth [December 1 cover story: "4th and binge"], I was appalled. While the article indicated that nearly 90 percent of ...

  • Free market is the problem

    I'm writing to respond to Jeff Taylor's free market parable "Katrina's lesson: If you don't own it, let it go" in the December 1 issue. His general premise is that property...

  • Good writing, Jocelyn

    Jocelyn Guest's cover story in the December 1 Hook on the fourth-year fifth ["4th and Binge"]is the best thing I have read in your publication. She presents us with a varie...

  • Let's let Keller dictate

    I'm constantly amazed at how seemingly normal Americans (people with PhD's even!) continue to blame the press for "irresponsible" behavior by reporting on issues that they ...

  • Priceless history welcome

    The interviews of Messrs. Allen, Boykin, and Allen [December 8 cover story: "For God and country, Sir!"] join scores of other oral histories on file here at the Historical ...

  • Purcells a treasure

    Not sure why "Rug redux: Purcell blames customer's recall" [Fearless Consumer, December 8] is worthy of publishing, but I side with the Purcells. I have known John and Maso...

  • Story honors community

    Jocelyn Guest's cover story in the December 1 Hook on the fourth-year fifth ["4th and Binge"] is the best thing I have read in your publication. Maybe it's my lack of a col...

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