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.
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.”
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.
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.
During the years of Nazi occupation of France, Albert Modiano, father of the newest Nobel laureate in literature, refused to wear the yellow star that Jews were required to wear. When he was arrested by French police working with the Gestapo, he was inexplicably freed by a black marketer working in collaboration with the Gestapo. Modiano survived the war years by working with those who helped set him free.
Vice President Joe Biden was trending -- not in a good way -- on Wednesday after calling fraudulent money lenders "shylocks." Jewish leaders, bearing in mind Biden's reputation as a friend of Israel and Jews, chastised him gently. Then, after that, he referred to Asia as "the Orient." Read on for more Bidenisms on topics racial.
The Fat Jew, aka Josh Ostrovsky, is a 30-year-old Instagram star with over one million followers. He got a big write-up in the Times today. The Chelsea resident, whose video of teaching homeless people “SoulCycle” classes on parked Citi Bikes last summer went viral, is a recently crowned social media king. But is he a true Jewish prince? You decide.
Dipping an apple in honey is always yummy, and everyone’s heard of the shofar blasts. But the Jewish New Year is also the time to enjoy some slightly more obscure customs that observers of the festival might want to incorporate into their holiday experience. Here, our geeky list.