Davy Rothbart imagines lives from the scraps people toss out.
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Collecting scrap metal, reselling old clothes, even pawn broking —Jews have been in the recycling business for a long time, turning the flotsam and jetsam of other people’s lives into gold. Davy Rothbart, founder of Found magazine, has taken the most unlikely detritus — from love letters to snapshots to shopping lists — and made it into a kind of art. Now comes “Found,” a new Off-Broadway musical based on Rothbart’s unusual quest. With a book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree and music by Eli Bolin, the show runs this fall at the Atlantic Theater Company with Nick Blaemire starring as Rothbart.
Sex scandals may be implicitly ridiculous, but Anthony Weiner’s fall from grace had more than a touch of the absurd. Perfect fodder, in other words, for comedy. In the new satirical play, “Tail! Spin!” by political commentator Mario Correa, Weiner and three other politicians (Mark Sanford, Larry Craig and Mark Foley) felled by sexual improprieties (or the perception thereof) are back in the spotlight. Drawn entirely from the e-mails, texts and tweets of the disgraced politicians themselves, the play will be produced for 10 weeks Off Broadway featuring “Saturday Night Live” comedian Rachel Dratch.
Many years ago, when I was a student at JTS, I was first taught about the idea of pluralism. I found it to be an inspiring and uplifting idea. It was wonderful to think that we can accept more than one idea as legitimate.
In the wake of the Gaza conflict, getting students on board to make Israel’s case.
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Against the backdrop of a summer war in Gaza, hundreds of thousands of college students will return to school this month, largely unprepared for the wave of anti-Israel activity that’s about to hit North American campuses.
Mechon Hadar and Beit Rabban forge partnership to create ‘benchmarks’ for learning about classical Jewish texts.
Lisa Exler, director of the Curriculum Project at Mechon Hadar, the non-denominational learning center here, attended Jewish day schools from kindergarten through 12th grade and considers herself a “product” of the Jewish day school system. Today, she’s the parent of two day-school children.
A growing number of universities now offer Jewish studies programs. And some are even headed by non-Jewish scholars.
Houston — Administrators atTexas Christian University, an institution in Forth Worth affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination, needed some advice last year on starting a Jewish studies program, which is now in the planning stages. A small program that had begun under the auspices of the school’s Brite Divinity School offered only a few courses a year to prospective members of the clergy; TCU administrators wanted to establish a larger Jewish studies program for the entire university.
The chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America recently took his call for the Jewish community to proactively support non-Jews’ conversion to Judaism, which had largely been an internecine Jewish issue, to a national audience.