Steve Lipman

A Taste Of The Mama Loshen

04/07/2006
Staff Writer
If you go to a seder these days in the United States, you may hear the Four Questions read in Yiddish as a sop to the Old Country. At an annual model seder in lower Manhattan this week, everything was in Yiddish.The event sponsored by the Yiddish Artists and Friends ñ Actors Club was held, ironically, at The Hebrew Actors Union Hall.About 100 people, from children to senior citizens, attended the model seder, which included an old-style Yiddish Haggadah and a kosher meal with lots of matzah.

A Banner Week For Israel

05/09/2008
Staff Writer
They were showing the flag a lot in Israel this week. And a lot of flags. Preceded by Yom HaZikaron, the annual day of remembrance for the soldiers who have fallen in Israel’s defense, Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, marked the country’s 60th birthday. There were fireworks and torch lightings, concerts and speeches,  a bike race and Bedouin festival, TV documentaries and parachute shows. And it all began with the raising of the state flag at Mount Herzl.

Pulpit Fiction

05/09/2008
Staff Writer
Which candidate will Yeshivas Lita, an institution of advanced talmudic learning here, choose as its new leader: the elderly and learned son/grandson of the school’s previous roshei yeshiva, or the younger and more charismatic faculty member who has no family ties to the yeshiva? To find out, you’ll have to read “The Search Committee.”

A Landmark Tour

05/16/2008
Staff Writer
The architecture of the synagogue is unique, the renovations are impressive and the history is compelling. But what wows the visitors are the crumbling plaster wall and the bare wooden planks.

Mixed Bag On European Bias

05/16/2008
Staff Writer
In England, a prominent politician with a reputation as an anti-Semite is defeated in a re-election bid. In France, three policemen shout anti-Semitic slogans and make the Nazi salute in a bar. In the United States, a leading spokesman for European Jewry brings a cautionary message about the “current state of anti-Semitism” on the European continent.

Helping Synagogues Meet Members’ Needs

05/16/2008
Staff Writer
Rabbi Gideon Shloush, the spiritual leader for a dozen years of Congregation Adereth El in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood, said an all-day conference he attended this week inspired him to change his reading habits. He’ll read a printout of his synagogue’s membership list today.

In The Cyclone’s Wake

05/23/2008
Staff Writer
A veteran of international relief work for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Amos Avgar has a set routine when he leaves for points overseas. He gets a visa, makes his hotel reservations, checks that his inoculations are up to date, does some research and puts a "Lonely Planet" travel guide in his suitcase. And, if the country where he is headed may pose some dangers, he kisses the front-door mezuzah on his apartment in southern Jerusalem. Two weeks ago Avgar kissed his mezuzah.

A Joyful Noise At Hofstra

05/23/2008
Staff Writer
The Web site for Hofstra Hillel lists a wide range of social, educational and religious activities that the Jewish student organization at Hofstra University offers. It doesn’t mention organizing impromptu choruses. Which Hofstra Hillel did one recent night.

On Top Of The World

06/06/2008
Staff Writer
If only the Barts had scaled Mount Everest on the High Holy Days. Instead, the mother (Cheryl) and daughter (Nikki) from Sydney, Australia, were on the world’s highest mountain during Passover, part of a two-month expedition on which they reached the summit last week and made history. They became the first mother-daughter team to scale 29,035-foot-high Mount Everest, as well as the tallest peak on all seven continents.

Falash Mura Funds Dry Up

06/06/2008
Staff Writer
The fate of the fenced-in compound in northern Ethiopia that serves as the central feeding and education location for thousands of Falash Mura awaiting immigration to Israel is now likely in the hands of local Jewish federations. This follows the recent decision of the United Jewish Communities to halt its financial support of the programs, which became effective last week. The compound will have to curtail many of its activities to forestall closing the entire site, in Gondar, according to spokesmen for the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry.
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