"Klan-destined" is how Steve Aronson describes his acting career. Since the limelight lured him away from legal work in 1980, he's played both sides of the law, beginning with a Ku Klux Klan leader in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X."
Wedding bells (er, accordions) may be heard this weekend on "Sex and the City."
It seems the Klezmatics, perhaps America's best-known klezmer ensemble, recently taped a few numbers for an episode of the HBO hit series that features the WASPy and svelte Charlotte York, newly converted to Judaism, apparently headed for the chupah with her latest paramour, the pudgy Jewish lawyer Harry Goldenblatt.
The installment premieres Sunday at 9 p.m.
If Joe Lieberman's political career flounders, he could always consider the rabbinate.
Last Shabbat, the Democratic presidential candidate delivered a 20-minute d'var Torah that was well received by an overflow crowd of more than 700 worshippers at tony Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach.
Fernando Manuel da Costa will speak for a few minutes tonight at the Ashkenazic synagogue in Lisbon.
That's not unusual for the 32-year-old native of the Portuguese capital; he's been attending Shabbat services there for nearly two decades. Now da Costa wants to tell other Portuguese with suspect Jewish roots how they can return to the fold.
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen |
The non-religious Jew, the secular, the humanist, the cultural Jew: in a city rich with synagogues and tradition-oriented classes, where are they to turn?
There will soon be a new haven for such folks, whose ranks, according to recent studies, are swelling.
Those in the region who describe themselves as "just Jewish" or "secular" or "having no religion" have nearly doubled in the last decade, from 13 to 25 percent, according to the recent New York population study.
Determined to stop construction of a "desecrating" sunken walkway through Poland's Belzec concentration camp, activist Rabbi Avi Weiss filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court against the American Jewish Committee, this time naming himself as a co-plaintiff.
But AJCommittee executive director David Harris labeled the lawsuit "frivolous" and defended the walkway, or "trench," as part of a necessary $4 million permanent memorial to the nearly half-million Jewish victims buried in mass graves at the death camp.