Ithaca College

‘PunkJews’ Get Their 15 Minutes

New documentary in progress grows out of hipster chasid ‘Chulent’ scene.

06/16/2010
Staff Writer

They are the ultimate crossover artists, moving freely between the worlds of Orthodox religious observance and edgy secular artistic expression, albeit with a strong Jewish twist.

Some are chasidic outcasts, having left the fold of Satmar or Lubavitch. Others live at the fringes of the chasidic world, improvising a freewheeling sense of spirituality as they ply their trade as rap singers, hard rockers, clothing designers and visual artists.

Evan Kleinman and Saul Sudin during shooting of “PunkJews.” courtesy of Evan Kleinman

Intifada, Ithaca-Style

03/04/2009
Staff Writer

 

Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip ended more than a month ago, but for two college campuses in the snow-flushed mountains of central New York, the aftershocks from the war with Hamas continue to reverberate.

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