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‘Open Hillels’ Across Country Are Burglarized

03/12/2014

In the latest sign of increased crime sweeping college campuses, a string of Hillel Houses that have adopted an “Open Hillel” policy have been robbed.

Simchagate Scandal Rocks Fort Lee Synagogue

03/12/2014

Fort Lee, NJ – The president of a synagogue here was accused this week of sabotaging the congregation’s Simchat Torah celebration last September by purposely jamming the aisles and other dance areas so members could not move about easily while trying to participate in the festive holiday occasion.

Obama Hails End To Iran And Mideast Conflicts

‘Peace in our time,’ says president; Putin to play key role.

03/12/2014

Washington – President Obama, in a surprise appearance with Iranian President Hassan Woohani at his side, announced a resolution today to the longstanding conflict between the U.S. and Iran and said the world “can breathe a sigh of relief now that our differences have been solved.”

“I’m puttin’ my trust in Putin.” Getty Images

Purim Spoof 2014

YU Suspends Its Shtup-and-Frisk Policy; Reform Leader Resigns To Become Astronaut; Conservative Movement To Distribute Survival Kit; Abbas Announces Major Concession; Foxman, Hoenlein To Switch Jobs; Putin Sending Troops To Seize Alaska

03/11/2014
Purim Spoof March 2014

The Lists

02/19/2014

THE THEATER LIST

Jonathan Hadary stars in Paddy Chayefsky’s classic 1956 drama, “The Middle of the Night,” about a middle-aged dress manufacturer who falls in love with a younger woman. The off-Broadway production opens Feb. 27 at the Harold Clurman Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. For tickets, $61.25, call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.

Books:

02/19/2014

Fiction

In her award-winning debut novel, “All Russians Love Birch Trees” (Other Press, February), Olga Grjasnowa tells of the uncommon adventures of a young, multilingual Jewish immigrant from Azerbaijan who is forced to deal with grief. It is set in Frankfurt and then in Israel. Translated from the German by Eva Bacon.

New offerings from acclaimed Israeli novelist David Grossman, food writer Laura Silver and novelist Ayelet Waldman.

Visual Arts: ‘Degenerate Art’:

Neue Galerie show first in 20 years to deal with modern works the Nazi’s condemned.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/19/2014

The most anticipated show of the spring season is “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany 1937” at the Neue Galerie, the elegant Upper East Side museum dedicated to German and Austrian art. Perhaps the excitement is due, at least in part, to the suddenly widespread attention focused on Nazi policy regarding art. Hollywood is banking millions with its star-studded film “The Monuments Men,” about a U.S. army unit that recovered art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The so-called “Gurlitt Trove,” the recent discovery of over 1,400 works of art in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a wartime dealer, caused an international stir.

Max Beckmann’s “Departure,” 1932, is part of “Degenerate Art” show. Courtesy of 2014 MoMA/SCALA

The Music List

02/19/2014

March 3: Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester visit New York City with their own brand of edgy nostalgia, a deft invocation of the spirit of the Weimar Republic that ranges from the music of Sholom Secunda to Walt Disney. Carnegie Hall (57th Street and Seventh Avenue)

Music: Hearing A Jewish Downbeat:

Ben Goldberg at The Stone.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/19/2014

It’s been is a long time — almost five years — since clarinetist Ben Goldberg made a record with the New Klezmer Trio. But the experience of taking the klezmer framework as a starting point for free jazz improvisation still rings true for Goldberg, whose most recent recordings probably owe more to early Ornette Coleman or Jimmy Giuffre in their song-like compositions and artfully intricate structures. He says it’s like a downbeat that runs through his whole career.

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg: Curating a week of performances. Courtesy of Kasis

Film Television: Viennese Pastries

The sweet and the bittersweet.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/19/2014

Say “Vienna” and you think of café culture, fueled by Jewish wits like Karl Kraus, Peter Altenberg, Egon Friedell. Decadent, hothouse-rose painters like Schiele and Klimt. Strauss waltzes. Deft, mordant writers like Schnitzler and Stefan Zweig. Freud. Wittgenstein. Schoenberg.

Billy Wilder’s 1948 “The Emperor Waltz.” Courtesy of Austrian Film Museum
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