by George Robinson |
Special To The Jewish Week
Singers from Irene Abendroth, Austrian soprano, to Benno Ziegler, German baritone, and composers from Achron to Zilbertz, with stops along the way for Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, Bellini, Puccini and Verdi.
Fifteen hours of music, over 600 complete selections from more than 150 artists.
When Harold Byrnes takes up a hobby, he doesn’t kid around.
Sometime during the late 1980s, my family’s Passover seder table found itself embroiled in revolution. The cause of revolution had arrived one seder night disguised as an innocent gift from my uncle. This uncle bore a bottle of wine that, upon closer inspection, became an object of considerable suspicion. This bottle of wine, marked kosher yet bright pink, simply did not look Jewish.
Vered Ben-Shimon speaks slowly, rolled up on a couch. She is frail and constantly short of breath. Once an Israeli dance teacher who worked out four times a week, she now sleeps 14 hours a day.
She cannot lift or take care of her 19-month-old son."I can't do anything physical. I can't drive," says Vered, 34.
The Huntington resident, who moved from Israel with her husband, Uri, in 1987, has been diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, or congestive heart failure.
"I need a new heart. I could die any day," she says.
New York cannot be used as a haven for stolen artworks, the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court ruled this week in upholding the power of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau to seize two Egon Schiele paintings whose ownership was contested.
The services and readings at Monday's interfaith seder at City College were laden with symbolism and meaning. But for 16-year-old Nicholas Jones, there was nothing more metaphoric than the matzah on his plate.
"We are all eating the same flat bread," said Jones, a student at the Manhattan Center for Mathematics and Science in Harlem. "No matter what color we are or what race. It shows that if we all joined together, the world would be a better place."