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Tikkum Olam, Brazilian Style

10/03/2012
Staff Writer

Last Wednesday night, when much of the Jewish community was still bolting bagels and lox to break the Yom Kippur fast, about 50 Jews were taking in the art and music of Umbanda, an eclectic religion unique to Brazil, at a downtown gallery.

“We tried to provide a creative post-Yom Kippur experience,” said Alex Minkin, 39, a creator of Ticun Brasil, the group that hosted the party. He works by day as a consultant.

Yiddishkeit and Brazilian culture come together at Ticun Brasil event. Photos by Rocío Pichon Rivière

Seeking Teen Activists

09/19/2012
Editorial Intern

At age 13, Zak Kukoff of Thousand Oaks, Calif., would watch his autistic younger cousin sit alone on the playground. “It’s not that students didn’t want to be her friend — they just didn’t know how,” he said. “It hurt me to see.”

Diller Teen Award-winner Daniel Rosenthal of Santa Rosa, Calif., takes his magic shows to hospitals and schools.

Israeli Films, Now Streaming

09/19/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Looking for a little Israeli culture but don’t want to leave your house? Well, how about streaming an award-winning Israeli movie with your choice of snack: popcorn or bamba (Israel’s snack of choice, peanut-butter puffed goodness). Make it the ultimate movie night with one of the Israeli classics like “Sallah Shabati” or even a film in movie theaters right now.

A scene from “Aviva, My Love,” an Israeli film available on new JCC in Manhattan streaming website.

Holocaust Railroad Case To Proceed

09/04/2012
Staff Writer

For the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals has found that a case may be brought against a foreign national railroad in a Holocaust-related case that seeks billions of dollars.

Late last month, the court in Chicago refused to dismiss a suit against the Hungarian State Railroads (also known as the MAV) brought by Hungarian victims of the Holocaust who claimed the railroad must compensate them for the property it took from them in violation of international law.

A lawsuit against Hungary’s wartime railroad may be brought, according to a U.S. Court of Appeals.

The Jewish Week Is Hiring Interns

12/18/2014
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The Jewish Week is looking for three editorial interns for part-time, paid positions. We're looking for people who are driven, ambitious and eager to gain substantive experience. To apply, send your resume, clips and a cover letter to jobs@jewishweek.org.

The following positions are available:

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The Art Of The Yiddish Trio

12/17/2014
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You can call it chamber klez.

A trio of clarinet, accordion and acoustic bass with a few vocals added on doesn’t sound like a particularly offbeat constellation for a klezmer group. But when you hear the Yiddish Art Trio’s self-titled first CD, the sound is different from any klezmer you’ve heard.

The Yiddish Art Trio is forging a new kind of klezmer sound.  Courtesy of Yiddish Art Trio

Swastika Supporters Want Their Wrapping Paper Back

12/17/2014
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Not only Nazis love the swastika.

After last week’s national recall of Walgreens wrapping paper containing a subtle (but inadvertent) swastika pattern, a religious group that embraces the swastika as a symbol of peace is protesting the decision.

 The Reaelians, a movement that reveres the symbol, pushed back. via nbc.com

From Shmideo

Three Chasids -- a writer, a puppeteer and an animator -- tell the story of Chanukah. It's got crazy laser beams and spaceships, right?

All In The Klez Family

12/10/2014
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When Metropolitan Klezmer formed in 1994, it was part of the second wave in the klezmer revival that helped to transform and re-energize the Old World genre for a new generation.

The Metropolitan Klezmer at 20. Still krekhts-ing after all these years.  Robin Salant

Brooklyn Factory Now On Lox Down

12/10/2014
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A Brooklyn factory is up for sale — lox, stock and barrel.

Service Smoked Fish, founded in 1934, is on the market, according to The Brooklyn Paper. Jay Wiener, the factory’s owner, is offering the Throop Avenue building for $9.75 million after reportedly turning down several offers in recent years.

Service Smoked Fish Corp. may not be slicing much longer. Via Dinedelish.com
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