Jerusalem — The bride and groom, in their 20s, ordered a wedding cake adorned with their image, but unbeknownst to them it arrived on their wedding day featuring an image of an elderly couple with the words, “Mazal tov Bubbe and Zeide on your 60th Wedding Anniversary.”
Had their wedding planner, Shani Falik-Roth, not caught the mistake in time, the guests would have been slicing into grandma and grandpa.
Bollywood comes to the Upper East Side in the form of a new, wrist-swiveling cardio workout. But no pelvic gyrations, please.
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It isn’t as if my physical therapist didn’t warn me.
“You’ll do hops and jumps,” said Kunjal, who is of Indian descent, hinting that Bollywood-style dancing might undo some of the progress we’d been making with my arthritic right knee.
The $8,500 in NY state aid per pupil attending charter schools should also be available to parents of religious school students.
George N. Spitz
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Repealing or ignoring the last remaining vestige of bigotry contained in the New York State Constitution, the so-called “Blaine” amendment, could open the door to providing parents with children attending religious schools — Jewish, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Greek Orthodox — with the same approximate $8,500 annually per pupil that charter schools receive, all deducted from the budget of the local school district that the charter school pupils would otherwise attend.
Rabbi Steven Burg reaches out to unaffiliated teens wherever they are — public schools or a certain coffee joint.
At Francis Lewis High School on Utopia Parkway in Flushing, Queens, the hallways ring with calls of “L’Chaims” and “Mazel Tov” from the jean-clad, largely non-Jewish teenagers watching as Rabbi Steven Burg, dressed in a suit and a yarmulke, ambles along with his rabbinic colleagues carrying pizza, donuts and Coke. Together the rabbis enter a classroom, bearing food and Jewish lessons for a meeting of the Jewish Student Union, a national project that hopes to bring a measure of Judaism to unaffiliated students in public schools.
At L.I. assisted living facility, 14 residents discuss Bible stories and contemporary society.
The biblical story of Samson and Delilah came alive recently for a group of 14 senior citizens who, in looking for parallels in today’s world, cited the cases of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former President Bill Clinton.
Even Michelle Obama and her heritage became the subject of debate.
The women, residents of the Gurwin Jewish-Fay J. Lindner Residences, an assisted living facility in Commack, L.I., were speaking of how Samson’s love for Delilah led him to reveal the secret of his superhuman strength.
Behind bars, many inmates find meaning in the traditional study of Jewish ethics.
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Mussar — ethical teachings originally developed in 19th-century Eastern Europe primarily by Rabbi Israel Yisrael Lipkin Salanter to help Jews integrate their daily behavior with Torah commandments and values — has recently come back into vogue. Jews across denominations, and in settings from synagogues to JCCs, have renewed studying these texts.
Many people turn to mussar to help them address career frustrations, health setbacks, family difficulties — or simply learn how to deal better with others.
In Prospect Heights, the Luria Academy tweaks traditional Jewish learning with a questioning, open-minded approach.
Deep in the bowels of a Prospect Heights apartment building that looks just like any other in this trendy neighborhood, down a long, winding hallway flanked on either side with burnished doors, 30 young children spend their days learning how to learn.
Many universities encourage their students to perform community service, but for students at List College it comes with a twist.
The school has begun offering the Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship, which combines social justice internships with courses that put it into a Jewish perspective. The school is the undergraduate college of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rebecca Hammerman, assistant dean and director of the fellowship program, said the project was launched as a pilot in the spring.
Experts weigh in on how to save for college in these tough times.
The cost of a four-year private college education has passed the $150,000 mark — which is “enough to cause even the most affluent parent to want to sit down and cry,” according to Kalman Chany, author of the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Paying For College Without Going Broke.” And in 2009, the average one year tuition cost (including room and board, books, and other fees) will be $35,958 — up 5.5 percent from the previous year.