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The East Village ‘Wailing Wall’

12/01/2009
Staff Writer

Surrounded by dustily stocked bookshelves, antique lamps and floral artistic screens, a jazz saxophonist jammed along with his ensemble for a small crowd that straggled in and out of a dimly lit East Village basement this past Monday night. 

No, this wasn’t your ordinary subterranean jazz haunt.

Emanuelle Chriqui shares her #ish

Jewish actress Emanuelle Chriqui -- star of HBO's "Entourage" -- makes her contribution to America's Jewish federations by sharing her #ish, the national campaign to spark conversation about Jewish identity and culture. Hat-tip to a Jewlicious tweet.

'Lost' Faith

So, "Lost" is over and it turns out all the characters are dead, and have been for some time. Did they die in the initial plane crash or at some point later on?

That's one of the many unanswered questions we're left with after a six-year investment in ABC's suspense thriller, a disappointment to those who have shown an almost religious devotion to the show. I've heard more people question their faith in God during the show's run than doubt that "Lost" would eventually deliver a satisying conclusion to all the mysteries on that bizarre island.

The J List: Joy Behar And Chely Wright Do Yiddish

05/10/2010

It was surely one of the oddest venues for a Yiddish lesson.

On Joy Behar’s show last Wednesday night, the Italian host (she would fit Lenny Bruce’s definition of a Jew in a New York minute) was interviewing Chely Wright, the sweet country singer who shocked Nashville earlier that day by coming out as gay. Behar, expressing support and sympathy for Wright, said the singer’s decision was surely provoking some tsuris in her life.

Chely Wright

White House Charm Offensive Pays Off

After lunch with Obama, Wiesel says tension is ‘gone.’

05/05/2010
JTA

 Washington — When Elie Wiesel says it’s all kosher, it’s good.

For now, anyway.

President Obama capped an intensive two weeks of administration make-nice with Israeli officials and the American Jewish community by hosting Wiesel, the Nobel peace laureate and Holocaust memoirist, for lunch at the White House.

“It was a good kosher lunch,” was the first thing Wiesel pronounced, emerging from the White House to a gaggle of reporters.

And not just the food.

Elie Wiesel speaks to reporters Tuesday after White House visit. getty images

Full-Time Teachers: Can The Model Catch On?

Following Central Synagogue’s lead, more local congregations hoping to upgrade Hebrew-school staff.

05/05/2010
Associate Editor

 In a Midtown room, several 20-somethings are gathered around a scuffed-up table. With papers, cell phones and various caffeinated beverages before them, they enthusiastically brainstorm together and critique each other’s work. 

A workshop for young writers or artists? No, this is the weekly meeting of Central Synagogue’s 10 full-time Hebrew school teachers.

Afternoon Hebrew schools, despite competition from day schools and private tutors, continue to be the venues where the majority of American Jewish kids get their religious education. 

Full-time Hebrew school teachers Greg Weitzmann, Toba Strauss and Arielle Garelleck in a weekly planning meeting.

Obama Calls Netanyahu To Discuss Talks

05/04/2010

(JTA) — President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss talks with the Palestinians.
The conversation took place late Monday morning, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Mother’s Day: Creating A Jewish Home

05/04/2010
JInsider

To transform Mother’s Day from a greeting-card holiday to one that nurtures the Jewish neshama (soul), here is practical advice on how parents can inspire and cultivate a Jewish life for their children. We are hopeful that our Mother’s Day gift will keep giving and possibly impact future generations.

Three generations of Sackses.

Proud To Be On The Jewish Team

Natl. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame inducts seven new athletes.

05/04/2010
Staff Writer

‘I have never been more proud to be Jewish than right now.”

With those words, Bill Goldberg, the NFL football player turned champion professional wrestler and now actor, was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

Former NFL lineman Alan Veingrad, second from left, and former wrestler Bill Goldberg sign autographs in Merrick.

White House Charm Offensive Pays Off: Wiesel Says Tension is 'Gone’

05/04/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- When Elie Wiesel says it's all kosher, it's good.

For now, anyway.

President Obama capped an intensive two weeks of administration make-nice with Israeli officials and the American Jewish community by hosting Wiesel, the Nobel peace laureate and Holocaust memoirist, for lunch at the White House.

"It was a good kosher lunch," was the first thing Wiesel pronounced, emerging from the White House to a gaggle of reporters.

And not just the food.

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