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Himmler, In His Own Image:

Vanessa Lapa’s ‘The Decent One.’

Special To The Jewish Week
09/03/2014

In an infamous and oft-quoted “secret” speech to his SS troopers, Heinrich Himmler predicted that the world would someday be grateful for the crimes they committed against Europe’s Jews, and that the important thing was for the SS to be remembered for remaining “decent” despite the provocations those people presented. For a long time, it has been unclear whether that rhetorical flourish was provoked by a need to bolster the flagging enthusiasm of his minions, to lie to himself about the nature of their actions and his orders, or the psychological mechanism of “splitting” that made it possible for Himmler and his troops to continue their lethal work without suffering an incapacitating psychological breakdown.

Heinrich Himmler, a doting father, also fathered two children by a younger mistress. Courtesy of KinoLorber

Theater List

09/03/2014

“The Mitzvah.” Half-Jews in Hitler’s army are the subject of Roger Grunwald’s one-man play, which will be presented Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union of Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. To RSVP, call (718) 281-5770 or email MLBerman@qcc.cuny.edu.

The Things They Discarded:

Davy Rothbart imagines lives from the scraps people toss out.

Special To The Jewish Week
09/03/2014

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.

Politics And (What Else?) Sex:

Mario Correa’s ‘Tail! Spin!’

Special To The Jewish Week
09/03/2014

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.

SNL’s Rachel Dratch plays the female roles in “Tail! Spin!”, a play about politicians’ sexual controversies.

Fall Arts Preview September 2014

The New Season In Theater, Music, Film, Visual Arts And Books.

09/02/2014
Fall Arts Preview September 2014

The Case For ‘True Pluralism’

Education with a broad sense of diversity.

Special To The Jewish Week
08/20/2014

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.

Ora Horn Prouser

The Campus Wars To Come

In the wake of the Gaza conflict, getting students on board to make Israel’s case.

Special To The Jewish Week
08/20/2014

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.

Linda Scherzer

Teachers Teaching Teachers — With A Lot On The Line

With retention a big problem for day schools, mentoring programs are increasingly important.

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

New teachers can be apprehensive about many things, but one fear unites them all: the dreaded parent-teacher conference.

Jewish day school teachers attend three-day training seminar in New York to learn how to mentor beginning teachers. Nina Bruder.

What Should Students Know, And When?

Mechon Hadar and Beit Rabban forge partnership to create ‘benchmarks’ for learning about classical Jewish texts.

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

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.

Lisa Exler will head Mechon Hadar’s new partnership with Beit Rabban.

Sephardic In The Heights

A half-century after its start, YU’s Sephardic Studies Program, mirroring demographic changes, is thriving.

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

When Yeshiva University Vice President Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky co-founded the Sephardic Studies Program in 1964, he traveled across the U.S. to recruit a meager seven students.

YU’s Sephardic Studies Program
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