In an unnamed Polish ghetto in 1943 or 1944, a former potato pancake restaurateur is feeding the Jews hope instead of food. Jakob Heym has (he says, falsely) a hidden radio, punishable by death at Nazi hands. He fabricates and whispers, at his forced labor job, reports of the advancing Red Army, boosting the spirits of the doomed ghetto residents. And he tells Lina, an 8-year-old orphan he has surreptitiously taken under his care, happy-ending fairy tales.
Jakob is a liar. And Robin Williams, the master of thespian overkill, is an understated Jakob.
To understand why fewer women choose public education as a career these days, look no further than Randi Weingarten, daughter of a teacher and now head of the United Federation of Teachers.
Weingarten’s memories of her mother Edith’s career conjures up images of unglamorous labor.
“The living room table constantly had papers festooned all over it,” she recalls in an interview at the UFT’s ornate Park Avenue office.
This is how Benjamin Young spent his summer vacation: A tour of Florence. A day trip to Pisa. A museum in Venice. “It was not just a vacation,” says Young, a senior at Yeshiva University — it was his introduction to the school’s new Honors Program.
Grand Central Station will be turned into an Israel showcase during a week in April to demonstrate to New Yorkers the attractions of the Jewish state: its products, its technical know-how, its business opportunities and travel destinations.
"Half a million people move through Grand Central Station each day," said Israel's consul general in New York, Shmuel Sisso. "They spend three to eight minutes in the station and we have to attract their attention" through innovative and interesting exhibits.
Israel, which has made it a point not to walk out of the United Nations despite all of the abuse hurled at it from member nations over the years, will be pointedly absent when the General Assembly convenes on Monday, Yom Kippur.
So will President Bill Clinton. Israel's ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold, said this is the first time an American president has not spoken at the start of the General Assembly's general debate. He will speak Tuesday instead.