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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.

Downton’s Intermarriage For The Ages

The Abbey's Jewish subplot takes center stage.

02/25/2015
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If it comes to pass that Lady Rose and the dashing Member of the Tribe, Atticus Aldridge — the new “It” couple on “Downton Abbey” — have a child, it will surely be a closely watched interfaith upbringing.

Against all odds: Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge tie the knot. Nick Briggs/Carnival Films for MASTERPIECE
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An Ear For Jazz, And Klez

02/25/2015
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There seems to be a meme among Israeli jazz musicians: leave Israel, move to the U.S., and here, in the great mishmash of cultures, reconnect to your Jewish roots.

A hearing impairment hasn’t slowed Alon Nechushtan’s career. Courtesy of Alon Nechushtan

Downton's Jewy Subplot Takes Center Stage

Lady Rose’s marriage to Jewish Atticus Aldridge highlights prejudice from both sides.

02/23/2015
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For Jewish “Downton Abbey” fans, the hope for a Jewish subplot that began in Season Two came to full fruition last night when Lady Rose tied the (chuppah-less) knot to dashing Member of the Tribe, Atticus Aldridge.

The Downton crew await the marriage of Lady Rose and MOT Atticus Aldridge. Nick Briggs/Carnival Films for MASTERPIECE

Feldshuh’s Fountain Of Youth

02/18/2015
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I’m discarding linear time,” Tovah Feldshuh, the four-time Tony nominee, tells The Jewish Week, sounding as if she had a role as one of Eddie Redmayne’s professors in the physics-heavy “The Theory of Everything.”

Forever young: About her new show, “Aging is Optional, Tovah Feldshuh says, performing is “a youthifier.” Courtesy of Below 54

Peres Counters Bibi’s Mass Aliyah Message

02/18/2015
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Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, addressing the inaugural gala here Sunday evening of The Times of Israel, the popular Jerusalem-based news website, appeared to counter Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for large numbers of European Jews to make aliyah.

Shimon Peres in conversation with David Horovitz at last week’s Times of Israel gala here. Perry Bindelglass / Times of Israel)

Limmud NY Launches Rabbinic Student Track

02/11/2015
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An Orthodox rabbi, a Conservative rabbi and a Reform rabbi walk into a… conference room.

Participants at last year’s LimmudNY. This year, for the first time, seminarians will take part.  Courtesy of LimmudNY
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