Steve Lipman

Storm Damages Oceanside JCC

03/18/2010

The Friedberg JCC in Oceanside, L.I., opened Tuesday “with limited services,” three days after the building suffered slight damage in last weekend’s wind-and-rain storm.
 
Part of the roof in the rear of the one-story site was damaged Saturday afternoon, causing “mostly water damage” to a few classrooms and a youth lounge, said Judy Fishkind, marketing director. “We were very lucky – no one was hurt,” she said. “It didn’t affect the majority of the building.”
 

King-Size Attraction

NBA’s Sabra rookie Omri Casspi, who faces the Nets next week, is big draw on and off the court. And he wears Number 18.

03/18/2010
Staff Writer

The game last month featured a pair of teams with losing records and sorry recent histories, but the seats behind one of the baskets at Madison Square Garden was crowded with scores of flag-waving, photo-snapping fans nearly two hours before tip-off between the New York Knicks and the visiting Sacramento Kings.

“I’m not a religious person. But I love to pray to God and celebrate all the holidays,” Omri Casspi says.

Seder Shopping Is In Order

03/18/2010

 

 

 
For many seder participants, there is a Fifth Question each year — what new Haggadah do I want to buy this year, or what new seder plate, or what new artistic item for my yom tov table?
 
The answer — even in this age of online commerce — often comes in a Jewish gift shop and/or bookstore.
 
At Manhattan Judaica in Midtown, some shoppers started their Pesach shopping this week, looking at the latest Haggadahs and seder plates.
 

Photo By Michael Datikash

Let Freedom Ring, Again

Staff Writer
03/17/2010

 Like buds on a tree, new Passover Haggadot are a sure sign of spring. The most-published book in the Jewish community, the Haggadah appears in a variety of forms every year, appealing to the scholar and the beginner, the artist and the historian, the child and the senior citizen.

 

Rabbi Norman Lamm’s Haggadah, above, presents a philosophical look at the seder’s dual themes of slavery and freedom.

An 18-minute Pesach Preparation

03/11/2010

 

In the Torah, shmura matzah — watched or guarded matzah — is one of the primary mitzvot of Passover. “You shall guard the matzot” (Ex. 12:17) is the commandment that guides the production of unleavened bread, protected from harvesting to baking, to ensure that the combination of water and flour do not remain together beyond 18 minutes, when forbidden chametz forms.

Photo By Getty Image

No Wins, But Plenty Of Pride

02/25/2010

The latest Israeli sports results: two W’s in the pride column.
In Vancouver, the brother-sister ice dancing team of Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky finished out of the medals in their second Winter Olympics appearance. But, performing to Jewish music in their final two routines, the pair ended in 10th place, a great improvement over their final 23rd place showing four years ago in Turin.

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Catholic Scholars To Pope: Slow Down On Pius Sainthood

Nineteen in letter voice ‘serious concerns’ about
fast-tracking of Shoah-era pope’s canonization.

02/25/2010
Staff Writer

The largely Jewish effort to slow down the proposed canonization of the pope who headed the Catholic Church during World War II has taken a more ecumenical tone.
Nineteen prominent Catholic scholars and theologians last week sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI, urging him to put aside plans to declare Pius XII, the controversial pontiff during the Holocaust, a saint until historians gain full access to the Vatican’s wartime archives. The letter, intended as an internal Church document, was leaked to Reuters in Rome and subsequently made public.

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The Producer

05/23/2003
Special To The Jewish Week

I'm starting to wonder if Mel Brooks' movie-cum-musical "The Producers" will become a central text for Holocaust studies.

Fit And Frum

07/14/2006
Staff Writer
For a yeshiva graduate from Brooklyn, a mile swim, a 24-mile bike ride and a six-mile run — all in one day — began with a single question. Last year, after David Shaoul had run a 10-kilometer race in Central Park and the New York City Marathon, both on a co-worker’s challenge after a decade-plus of athletic inactivity, he asked himself, “What’s the next thing?” His answer was the triathlon, an Olympic-sanctioned sport that combines long-distance swimming, biking and running, all done consecutively.

Liberalism Still Rules

11/18/2005
Staff Writer
If American Jews are tacking to the right, nobody told them. That is the finding of a national public opinion study released last week. According to the National Survey on Race Relations and Changing Ethnic Demographics in the United States of America, commissioned by the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Jews in this country align themselves more with African-Americans on attitudes toward race and poverty, and with Hispanic-Americans on attitudes about immigration, than do other whites.
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