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Israeli Jazzman’s Southern Swing

From Houston to Hattiesburg, saxophonist Amir Gwirtzman’s four-month tour in the American South was ‘highlight of my career.’

06/28/2010
Staff Writer

Growing up along the shores of the Mediterranean, where a football is round and the sport is played by men in shorts on a grass-covered pitch, you don’t learn much about the huddling, helmeted brand of the NFL game beloved on the bayou.

But Amir Gwirtzman is a quick learner.

Amir Gwirtzman

From Kristallnacht, Learning What Not To Do

Nassau police recruits participate in
Holocaust Museum training program.

06/01/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

On Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, when a massive coordinated attack on Jews took place in Germany, why did the police not protect the Jewish citizens and prevent such devastation? How do the lessons of the Holocaust apply to law enforcement today? Do police officers bring their own prejudices to their work? How can they use the lessons of the Holocaust to increase tolerance and understanding?

Officer Shevach Berkowitz, Nassau County Police Chief Karen O’Callaghan and Holocaust Memorial Center Chairman Howard Maier.

Chabad Good For Oceanside

04/07/2010

 The heated debate over the Jewish community of Oceanside is framed in completely the wrong way. Chabad has arguably done more to revive Judaism in a post-Holocaust era than any other institution. The culprit is not Chabad but, as several in the debate have pointed out, the emergence of a secular culture. Chabad’s approach is to accept everybody from where they are and lovingly encourage them to grow as a person and a Jew. Chabad houses in the far corners of the world invite Jews to worship together and to join in the unique experience of Shabbat and holiday meals.

Tim Boxer: IDF Chief Introduces His Dream Team

04/01/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, brought 30 of his troops with him when he came to New York in March. He introduced his Dream Team at a Friends of the IDF fundraising dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was emceed by syndicated radio host Monica Crowley.

“Shalom, y’all,” said Daniel, one of the Dream Team members.

Elie Tahari makes a fashion statement with a contribution to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces; photo - Photo: FIDF

Where Smoking Is Still Allowed

01/20/2006
Staff Writer

The sign above the little red dispenser asks patrons to take a number, and when the store is crowded, they do. Make no mistake about it, though, Russ & Daughters’ customers are never treated like numbers. Salespeople at the venerable Lower East Side smoked fish purveyor tend to know the name of their customers’ children and grandchildren, the names of their parents and grandparents.

Giving Second Avenue Its Due

04/04/2003
Staff Writer

Think of the East Village, and the names Charlie Parker, Allen Ginsburg and even Emma Goldman come to mind. At least to the mind of Philip Hartman, a filmmaker and restaurateur who recently founded the Federation of East Village Artists "to honor the historic role of the East Village as the cradle of the city's, if not the world's counterculture," according to the group's press release.

In The Tracks Of The Shoah

01/05/2006

In a ceremony attended by leaders of Houston's Jewish community and other prominent Texans, three Holocaust survivors lit candles last week to mark the arrival of a World War II-era railcar at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Each candle represented one million of the three million Jews packed into freight cars during the Holocaust and sent to their deaths by rail, a museum spokesman says.

Hello, Columbus

04/09/2008
Special To The Jewish Week

Moshe and Adina Tyberg, Flatbush residents in their mid-30s, are living in a two-bedroom apartment with five young children.

“As you can imagine,” the father says, the atmosphere “isn’t very conducive to raising kids,” but he and his wife are unable to afford a larger home in Brooklyn. As a result, both Moshe, a human-resources professional, and Adina, an occupational therapist, are ready to move beyond the New York area, where they hope to find a better quality of life.

The KIPP-ing Point

Staff Writer
08/18/2009
On a business visit to Houston three years ago, Israeli real estate agent-turned-educator Eran Dubovi accepted a suggestion from Lee Wunsch, executive director of the city’s Jewish federation. Go see a certain public school in southwest Houston, Wunsch said.
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