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Staff Writer
05/15/2009

A recent Facebook message from a total stranger, one of dozens and dozens Jessica Queller has received since she went public this year with an agonizingly personal medical decision, shared a familiar story.

The stranger, a woman in her mid-30s, was a cancer survivor, unmarried, with no immediate matrimonial prospects. She wanted to have children.

A Hot Date With ‘Srugim’

Modern Orthodox here flocking to Israeli singles show, now in second season. Can you believe what Nati did?

01/21/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

They’re discussing it on the Upper West Side. They’re watching it in Washington Heights. They’re dissecting it on Facebook and on their blogs.
And it’s a television show that hasn’t yet aired in America.
“It” is “Srugim,” the Israeli show that’s a hit in its home country. Critics there also love the show, which was named Best Drama by the Israeli Film and Television Academy last year.

The cast of “Srugim”: Kosher romance.

Unite The Lights

Monday, December 22nd, 2008  There’s a nice campaign, “Unite The Lights,” to have — on the night of Tuesday, December 23 — a spiritual linkage of Chanukah lights everywhere, beginning with the candle lighting at the Statue of Liberty.  ”For you youngsters out there,” as Ed Sullivan used to say, Unite The Lights is doing a Monday launch on YouTube and Facebook, with a widget to ignite the light.  

Putting A Mitzvah On Ice

 Monday, January 4th, 2010

Note: I rather cavalierly stated below that the people who go swimming in the ocean during the winter do not seem to do so when there are no cameras around. I stand corrected. For the record, at least one of these groups meets every Sunday during the winter.

 

Anyone who watches or reads the news in New York has to be aware of the Polar Bears, that wacky group of folks who annually celebrate the new year by jumping into the icy Atlantic from Coney Island beach.

 

Tweeting For Israel

01/14/2009
Staff Writer
Lifting a frothy cappuccino with one hand and scribbling scraggly Hebrish notes with the other, David Saranga severed himself from his Twitter feed to sit down at a Midtown espresso bar last Monday, armed only with his BlackBerry and pocket-size digital camera.

Gaza Wars — On Facebook

12/30/2008
Staff Writer
As war rages in the Gaza Strip, a parallel stream of cyber combat grinds on in perhaps today’s most populated Web forum and networking hub, Facebook.com. Two hours after the first Israel air strikes against Hamas on Saturday, American-Israeli public relations leader and Israel Defense Force veteran Joel Leyden created a Facebook “group” titled “I Support the Israel Defense Forces In Preventing Terror Attacks From Gaza.” By Monday afternoon, the group had 7,300 members.

‘Schleppers’ Run Into Tough Crowds

10/20/2008
Staff Writer
While millions of Americans spent their Columbus Day weekend home from work or scoping out one-day sales, more than 100 young Jews trekked down to South Florida, where they scouted out not only their own grandparents, but also hordes of Bubbe and Zeyde’s closest friends.

Get Bubbe To The Booth

09/29/2008
Staff Writer
If Sen. Barack Obama doesn’t win next month’s presidential election, Comedy Central’s foul-mouthed Sarah Silverman thinks she knows whom to blame. And she’s not going to be happy.

Next-Gen Cellphones To Have Israeli Ring

07/09/2008
Staff Writer
Take a good, hard look at the cellphone in your pocket. Whether you’re an avid text messager or you’ve only recently learned how to change your ring tone to something snazzy, be forewarned. Within the next year or two, your cellphone will undergo such a radical transformation that you’ll view the phone you’re currently carrying around as terribly passé. And impersonal, too.      At least that’s what dozens of Israeli startups — and their funders —are betting on.   

Gilad Shalit’s Facebook Friends

06/25/2008
Staff Writer
When I logged onto Facebook Tuesday, 11 of my friends had changed their “status” to indicate that they have been waiting for a man for two years.     No, not for a proposal or a change of heart. The man they are still waiting for is Gilad Shalit, one of the eight kidnapped Israeli soldiers who are still missing. They’re waiting for him to come home alive and well.    
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