Lincoln

Fenway, Crosley And 770

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

For a number of years, cynics would get a good laugh out of the fact that Kfar Chabad, the Lubavitch town in Israel, built a duplicate of the rebbe’s headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway .

The duplicate 770 was said to be indicative of how crazy and messianist the Chabadniks were, they must have been expecting the rebbe to drop in, pretty funny. Only a chasid could be so nuts, right?

Eyes On An Elusive Prize

12/30/2008
Staff Writer
For Nathan Rubinstein, a traditional bar mitzvah seemed improbable, if not impossible. Born with an optic glioma — a severe type of eye cancer —– Nathan endured nearly five years of chemotherapy beginning when he was 3. The treatment left him entirely sightless in his left eye and with only marginal vision in his right.

The New Business Of N.Y. Shuls

10/12/2007
Staff Writer
Synagogues in Manhattan are getting a facelift — and it’s commercial developers who are delivering a potent injection of cash. Destined to be the largest synagogue constructed in Manhattan in 50 years, Lincoln Square Synagogue’s state-of-the-art, 52,000-square-foot shul is being funded in part by a land swap with real estate developer American Continental Properties Inc.

The New Business Of N.Y. Shuls: Air Rights

10/11/2007
Staff Writer
Synagogues in Manhattan are getting a facelift — and it’s commercial developers who are delivering a potent injection of cash. Destined to be the largest synagogue constructed in Manhattan in 50 years, Lincoln Square Synagogue’s state-of-the-art, 52,000-square-foot shul is being funded in part by a land swap with real estate developer American Continental Properties Inc.

A World-Music Alchemist

07/12/2002
Staff Writer
In print, the Middle East is a political hotspot of clashing ideologies. The music streaming out of the region, however, reveals that a harmonious cross-cultural interchange is also at work there and in countries to the west along the Mediterranean coast.   

Ethnic Harmony

07/30/1999
Staff Writer
Hebrew is a familiar medium for Walter Turnbull’s vocalists. “We were singing in Hebrew 10 years ago,” says the founder and director of the Boys Choir of Harlem. Psalms are a constant part of the group’s repertoire. “We’ve always sung in Hebrew.”But the world-traveling choir had even more opportunities to practice the language in recent months. In May, Turnbull and 48 of his singers made their first trip to Israel for 10 days of performances, workshops and tours.

The Attraction Of Opposites

07/18/2003
Staff Writer
'Anaphase" refers to the stage in human cell division when the chromosomes break in half and are pulled in opposite directions. The Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin chose the name "Anaphaza" for a large-scale dance piece first performed a decade ago by the Batsheva Dance Company, the Tel Aviv-based troupe he's directed since 1990. Today Naharin, 51, says that while the piece is about "changes, development and evolution," he picked the title simply because he liked the word.

Staging Vengeance

07/04/2003
Staff Writer
With her latest play, Israeli theater director Rina Yerushalmi has put herself in esteemed literary company. "Mythos," Yerushalmi's adaptation of Greek legend of the House of Atreus, follows in the tradition of Aeschylus, Euripides, Hugo von Hofmannstahl and Jean Paul Sartre, among others, who saw in the tale's cycle of bloody revenge universal themes ripe for exploration.

Symphony’s New Space

04/05/2002
Staff Writer
The surplus capital of the indefatigable 1990s economy may be a memory, but its effects are still being felt in the ongoing expansion of many of New York’s cultural centers, from Jazz at Lincoln Center to the Brooklyn Museum. Now this trend has reached all the way to West 95th Street. Symphony Space, once housed in an intimate but sticky-floored former skating rink, has recently completed a $12 million renovation. After a nearly two-year closure, the beloved performing arts group officially reopens April 8.
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