The Museum of Jewish Heritage

A Grunt’s-Eye-View Of Modern Combat

Samuel Fuller’s WWII epic ‘The Big Red One’ raises big moral questions.

09/25/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Lee Marvin in “The Big Red One.” Warner Brothers

Jewish Jocks: Grasshoppers vs. Giants

06/04/2013
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Jews have often regarded themselves within the realm of American sports not unlike the Israelite scouts who imagined themselves as small and insignificant as “grasshoppers” in comparison to the Canaanites who seemed to them as giants.

All-star line up of writers, subjects: “Jewish Jocks” takes an eclectic look at Jews who have made their name in sports.

‘Hava Nagila’: From Ukraine To YouTube

New reflections on a classic grown old.

09/19/2012
Associate Editor

The beauty of downtown’s Museum of Jewish Heritage is that it is of a piece. To get to its newest exhibit, “Hava Nagila: A Song of the People,” wander through other rooms: Ukrainian shtetl life, old Kiddush cups and white kittle gowns; photos from a Displaced Persons camp; escape to the Yishuv (the Jewish community in pre-state Israel). Wander, then, into the “Hava Nagila” room and the song is understood with a poignancy long ago lost.

In the 1950s, “Hava Nagila,” already a hit at Jewish celebrations, became a crossover hit for singers such as Harry Belafonte.

The Counting Of The Omer, Beatboxing Included

04/17/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The playing of musical instruments during the Omer period is frowned upon.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is looking to increase the number of younger people who cross its threshold.

Why not turn a restriction into an opportunity?

Rabbi Darkside, left, and Dyalekt are part of “Hip-Hop Reflections” event.
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