Jill Soloway

A New Act For The Old Bar Mitzvah

Storahtelling’s Amichai Lau-Lavie is out to revolutionize the ceremony in emerging partnership with families, synagogues.
06/01/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Arguably one of the most memorable scenes in last year’s Oscar-nominated “A Serious Man” is the bar mitzvah, when Danny Gopnik does his Torah and Haftorah portions while visibly stoned, having smoked prodigious amounts of pot in the Hebrew school bathroom. 

So accustomed are they to tuning out the foreign chanting from the bima that his parents and the other congregants in the soulless 1960s Midwestern temple don’t even seem to notice anything amiss.

Storahtelling ceremonies aim to be creative and engaging, with humor, music, drama and costumes. Photo by Lisa Kimmell

Powering Down For Shabbat

03/17/2010 - 20:00

Listen carefully this weekend and you may hear the ring-tone sound of BlackBerries, cell phones and other devices being turned off.
It’s part of the launch of a National Day of Unplugging that takes place this Shabbat, the project of a group of hip young Jewish artists and creative types who want to revive the concept of the Sabbath as a day of rest, but on their own terms.
It’s about “powering down a little, but not turning off all the lights,” they say.

A cell phone sleeping bag.
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