Human Interest

Hillel's Big Night

Hillel is enhancing Jewish life on campus around the globe. We attended Hillel's Renaissance Award Gala honoring Randall Kaplan and Kathy Manning. We spoke with the honorees, Wayne Firestone, President of Hillel, and Hillel members about how Hillel is transfoming campuses around the globe.

6th Annual Manischewitz Cook Off With Celebrity Chef Claire Robinson

We had the opportunity to check out the 6th Annual Manischewitz Cook Off with Celebrity Chef Claire Robinson at the JCC of Manhattan. Its all about quick meals. If you can make a quick delicious meal you are golden. As Passover approaches we are all looking for something different and enjoyabe

What Not To Do On A Dating Sabbatical

Technically, I'm on a dating sabbatical.

Which means the next couple of weeks are all about getting in touch with the inner me. The "me" inside the "me," if you know what I mean. The "me" that is wearing a very teeny-tiny pair of glasses.

So, to be technical, I wasn't really breaking my sabbatical when a girlfriend called to update me on the set-up she had orchestrated.  I mean, she was the one who called me!

In Which We Devote Far Too Much Space To Analyzing A Really Strange Essay

I don’t know how Elizabeth Cohen’s bizarre and disturbing piece in Tablet about a group of intermarried Jewish women who “gather for Shabbat but pack away their identities” escaped my notice, but thanks to InterfaithFamily.com’s Ed Case for directing my attention to it.

There is something kind of odd and overwrought about the essay, which, to judge by the comments it’s attracting, some readers are interpreting as a cautionary tale about the perils of intermarriage.

Bringing Bielski Memoir To Print

07/06/2010
Staff Writer

The Jerusalem Post recently published a lengthy story about a newly discovered manuscript by Tuvia Bielski, the leader of the Polish Jewish brigade that rescued 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust, the largest such rescue in history. To the public, it was a revelation. But it was not to Jonathan Brent, the director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, which holds the manuscript.  

Robert Bielsky.

Copland’s Journey From Brooklyn To The Prairie

Composer’s little-performed opera ‘The Tender Land’ gets a new life at Glimmerglass.
07/06/2010
Managing Editor

Aaron Copland grew up in the cramped quarters of Brooklyn, the child of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, but in his music he lit out for the territory. The architecture of city life — Deco skyscrapers and imposing Beaux-Arts museums — defined his early life, but in his music he sought sanctuary in the prairie.

In “The Tender Land,” Aaron Copland was influenced by Walker Evans’ photographs of the American South.

Joy And Faith Amid Israel’s Fears

07/06/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

I’m a rationalist. I’m not into mysticism or spirituality or New Age stuff. An “intellectual,” I like to fancy myself. Yet there I was in Jerusalem one Saturday morning a few weeks ago, putting two kvitels, little notes, into the crevices of the Western Wall. One was a petition for a friend; the other a personal plea. I laughed to myself as I pressed them deep into the cracks, knowing that like untold others, I somehow ascribe special powers to that Wall and the missives it bears. I had done this before and will do it again. So much for rationalism.

Joan Arnow, Philanthropist, Dies At 80

06/30/2010

Joan Arnow, 80, who died Tuesday at her home in Scarsdale after a long bout with melanoma, was recalled lovingly by family members at funeral services Wednesday as a remarkably warm and generous woman, both emotionally and philanthropically.

Bringing Newly Discovered Memoir Of Partisan To Print

06/30/2010
Staff Writer

Two weeks ago, The Jerusalem Post published a lengthy story about a recently discovered manuscript by Tuvia Bielski, the leader of the Polish Jewish brigade that rescued 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust, the largest such rescue in history.

To the public, it was a revelation. But it was not to Jonathan Brent, the director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, which holds the manuscript.

Tuvia Bielski

Pacino’s Ounce Of Flesh

His Shylock comes up thin in the Park.
06/29/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

He has been played for laughs and played for chills, but the soon-to-be homeless Shylock who has taken up residence in Central Park in the Public Theater’s new production of “The Merchant of Venice,” directed by Daniel Sullivan, is played purely for pity. That it is Al Pacino, of all actors, who fails to give the Jewish moneylender a menacing edge, is surprising beyond measure.

Al Pacino’s Shylock is wounded and bitter, but never particularly malevolent. Joan Marcus
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