Talk about hitting a sour note.
The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra's eight-city American concert tour that was slated to begin Aug. 20 has been canceled, but the reason why remains unclear.
Some reports quoted orchestra officials in Israel as saying that no security firm could be found to protect the orchestra and its patrons for fear of a terrorist attack. Other reports attributed the cancellation to the orchestra's inability to find an insurance company willing to provide coverage because of what was called "terrorist problems."
Now that city teachers have won a hefty, 16 percent pay raise, Jewish education experts are worried about an exodus from day schools to public schools.
According to a survey by the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York last year, the average maximum salary for head teachers at yeshivas and day schools is about $35,000.
Were you affected by 9-11? Do you have a poignant memory from the tragedy and its aftermath?
Then the JCC in Manhattan wants to hear your story.
To mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on America, the Upper West Side institution will hold "An Evening of Reflection and Hope" on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., at Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th Street. The event will feature New Yorkers reading their "thoughts, experiences, memories, sources of inspiration": with some music.
The Elias Sports Bureau probably doesn't have this stat in its archives: the New York Mets are 4-1 in day games at Shea Stadium when "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" is sung in Yiddish and glatt kosher vendors patrol the stands. In other words, on Jewish Heritage Day.
The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Queens Jewish Community Council cosponsored the event for the fifth year on Sunday, and the Mets won for the fourth time: 6-5 over the Cincinnati Reds.
The law secretary of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Martin Schoenfeld may be in hot water for dating the secretary of a plaintiff's lawyer who had a case pending before the judge. Nathan Lewin, a defense attorney for the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, said the court's Jan. 23 ruling against his client in several pre-trial decisions is "suspect" because of that relationship, of which he was not informed until late last month.
Leaders of the American Jewish Congress have a message for critics of the group's stance on French anti-Semitism: Let them eat cake.
A delegation of AJCongress leaders who visited France earlier this month said the country's Jews heavily support the group's tactics, which include an ad campaign criticizing the French for inaction on the eve of the Cannes film festival, and directing newspaper readers to a Web site, BoycottFrance.com.