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Jewish Music That Doesn’t Kid Around

With her ‘Shir Fun’ classes and albums, singer Dafna Israel-Kotok
is at the forefront of a new type of Jewish children’s edu-tainment.

04/13/2010
Associate Editor

On a Wednesday morning shortly before Passover, in a sunny room overlooking the Henry Hudson Parkway, Dafna Israel-Kotok is in her element.

Joyously shaking her long, straight black hair as she plays guitar and sings for about 10 small children and their moms, the 30-something Sabra musician freely alternates between English and her native Hebrew.

Dafna Israel-Kotok: Kids music “you can grow with.” Photo courtesy of Shir Fun

A Soldier’s Pesach With Peres

04/07/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Three days before Passover, Eytan Meyersdorf, a 20-year-old American oleh and soldier in a unit of the Israel Defense Force’s elite Golani Brigade, was told by an officer to pack a bag, leave his post near the Gaza Strip and head to Jerusalem.

How Adam met Melissa

04/02/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Horseradish was more important than romance. That was the hard truth for Melissa Gold, who had a fellow very interested in her but she had to attend to business. He wanted to go out. She had to think of Passover and the Seder table.

Melissa was a graduate of Syracuse University (business studies) and a fifth generation worker in the family firm: Gold Pure Food Company. Her father is the president of the kosher condiment firm in Hempstead, New York. Millions of jars of Gold horseradish had to be ready for the holiday. She hoped that Adam would wait.

Adam and Melissa

'Main Street USA,' Just Across the River

The Jews of Roosevelt Island like the
small-town feel of their outpost.

04/01/2010
Editorial Intern

Talk about a Jewish diaspora.
Cut off from the Manhattan mainland and its very Jewish heartbeat, the Jews of Roosevelt Island may be the least-known Jewish community in the area.
Which is OK by them.

Rabbi Zalman and Nechama Duchman and their children. The Chabad emissaries settled in Roosevelt Island four years ago.

Cabin Fever

Summer camp world gears up to put a Jewish child in every bunk. But how big is too big?

03/29/2010
Associate Editor

Gone are the days when summer camp was the scruffy younger sibling of the Jewish communal world.

Today, while many Jewish institutions, like day schools and synagogues, are recession-battered and scaling back, the Jewish camp movement is relatively flush and poised to expand.

Some camp leaders wonder if there is a tug of war between quantity and quality.

Service-Learning Project Brings Hillel Students Here

Program includes work in Harlem and the Jewish community, but raises questions for some.

03/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Thousands of Jewish students in recent years have spent their winter, spring and summer breaks building homes in New Orleans, working with the rural poor in Guatemala and helping staff human rights groups in Asia and Africa. It’s all part of an upswing in community service opportunities offered by organizations like Hillel, the American Jewish World Service, Jewish federations and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Hillel students assemble Passover packages in Queens.  TOP PHOTO: Doug Chandler

The Fire This Time

04/08/2005
Staff Writer

When 16-year-old Ariella Steinreich heard that four young siblings died in a March 22 house fire in her hometown of Teaneck, N.J., she felt an urgent need to help the three surviving sisters and their still-hospitalized mother, Philyss Seidenfeld.“It wasn’t like ‘Should I do something?’ It was ‘I have to do something,’ ” said Steinreich, a sophomore at Teaneck’s Ma’ayanot High School for Girls, who started the Seidenfeld Chesed Project the day after the fire.

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.

The New Look Of Hebrew Instruction

07/08/2005
Staff Writer

Miriam Harary used to scour New York City bookstores in search of Hebrew textbooks for her students at Hillel High School in Ocean, N.J.Until recently, Hebrew language instruction at Hillel, like dozens of other Jewish day schools, depended largely on the initiative of individual teachers. Yet even the most ambitious instructors often were discouraged by the lack of formal curricula and age-appropriate materials for teaching modern Hebrew to teens.

Challenged Adults Act Out — In A Good Way

Improvisational exercises and role-playing games
‘teach life skills’ to those in Ohel program.

03/11/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

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