The Tony awards passed him by on Sunday, but director Lonny Price is having an exceptional year on Broadway. He directed what critics panned as one of the season's stinkers, the musical version of the 1980 honky-tonk film "Urban Cowboy." When the show closed in May after 60 performances, Price seemed nonplussed. "It just wasn't a New York show, it turned out," he said.
At a time when university study programs in Israel have become a tough sell for many American parents, the country's Education Ministry and the Jewish Agency are setting their sights in a different, more ambitious direction: high school students.
Rabbi David Forman got some bad news from his publisher the other day: his latest book is selling well.
Which makes "50 Ways to be Jewish" a failure, if you believe the rabbi's words.
The book, produced by Gefen Publishing House in Jerusalem, is a personal, eclectic, traditional but innovative guide to Judaism for those who don't know the hows and the whys.
A different kind of settlement activity took place Sunday outside Rishon Lezion, Israel's fourth-largest city. June 1 marked the groundbreaking for the Shtetl, the latest project by Holocaust survivor and historian Yaffa Eliach.
Seven miles southeast of Tel Aviv, in the heart of the Jewish homeland, Eliach plans to recreate her Lithuanian hometown of Eishyshok.
For two decades Miriam and Yona Baumel have suffered while they held onto the belief that their son was alive. Zachary Baumel, a member of an Israeli tank crew, disappeared during a 1982 battle against the Syrian army in Lebanon.
Last week that belief was reinforced when the Baumels received information from a "top-notch" source that Zachary indeed was alive and transferred from Damascus to Lebanon.
"He said it was recent information," Yona Baumel said of the source, adding that the transfer was believed to have been made within the last three weeks.
The shop down the block from the Eldridge Street Synagogue specializes in fish balls, not matzah balls, and the closest house of worship is the Pechau Buddhist temple. But the Lower East Side still reverberates with the energy and concerns of a century ago, when Russian Jewish immigrants built the neighborhood synagogue.
"That's pretty much the nature of a city," says filmmaker Pearl Gluck. "The identity of a space changes, but its history stays. There's always a remnant."