It’s the Saturday ritual of Vladimir Kozlov and his granddaughter, Nomi, to snuggle up with a book, but only after Kozlov has gone through it with a dictionary close at hand. That’s because while the two love to read together, they are also study partners.
He is a Russian émigré, and 4-year-old Nomi speaks Russian at home. With picture books, they are helping each other learn English.
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With a specially designed, handicapped-accessible bima, sign-language services for the deaf and alternative holiday programs aimed at those with disabilities, Congregation Rodeph Sholom is at the forefront of the inclusion movement.
Now, the Reform synagogue on the Upper West Side is being formally recognized for its effort to bring people with disabilities — who have long been on the sidelines — more fully into Jewish life. It took first place in The Synagogue Inclusion Award, sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York’s Caring Commission.
Russia has long been known for its musicians — and for the grueling conservatories in which those musicians are trained. The notion of learning and playing an instrument for pleasure is a foreign one, but with the support of PresenTense, the Jewish social entrepreneurship incubator, Sergey Novikov is trying to change that.
Not since Melanie Griffith donned a sheitel to play an undercover cop in the 1992 film “A Stranger Among Us,” has an A-list celebrity (not counting Matisyahu) brought an entourage a film crew into chasidic Brooklyn.
But in a two-part series beginning Feb. 12, talk show diva Oprah Winfrey’s new TV program brings viewers to Crown Heights and Borough Park, where chasidic families she interviews, according to the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” website, “lift the veil, revealing the secrets to their usually private and mysterious way of life.”