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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.

Top Spot For Jewish Films Gets New Owner

09/10/2014
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Charles Cohen can remember the exact moment at which he fell in love with cinema.

“I was 3 years old and my grandmother took me to see the Walt Disney ‘Cinderella,’” he recalled in a telephone interview last week. He laughs and adds, “I made her sit through it twice.”

A fan of cinema since seeing Walt Disney’s “Cinderella,” Charles Cohen now owns the Quad Cinema.  Courtesy of Quad Cinema

Deli Food For Syrian Jews?

09/10/2014
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Redolent of tamarind, allspice, cinnamon and honey, and often made with vegetables and dried fruits, the Mediterranean and Levantine cuisine of Syrian Jews differs markedly from the salty, garlicky, fatty fare that forms the basis of traditional Eastern European Jewish cookery. But for Yaron Harazi, the owner of Brooklyn on Rye, a new kosher deli at 543 Kings Highway in Midwood (brooklynonrye.com), deli sandwiches are just the ticket for the growing Sephardic population in that district. “Syrians especially like bologna,” he said. “I’m selling bologna sandwiches as fast as I can make them.”

   Yaron Harazi’s new Brooklyn on Rye offers a combination of Sephardi and Ashkenazi fare.  Michael Datikash

Crown Heights Soon To Be Smokin’

09/03/2014
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Sruly Eidelman, 27-year-old Jewish foodie from Brooklyn, is constantly smoking. Meat, that is.

“It’s a hard habit to break,” said Eidelman, 27, in a recent phone interview. “I smoke whatever I want, even cholent.”

Sruly Eidelman’s pop-up BBQ restaurant now has a home in Brooklyn.

Hillel The Sage Gets A T-Shirt

09/03/2014
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What do H&M and a far-left political group have in common? Mishnaic sage Hillel, of course.

Both the Swedish retail giant and a Jewish anti-war group allied with JVP are using “If not now, when?” the rhetorical question found in Ethics of Our Fathers [Pirkei Avot]: H&M as a T-shirt slogan and the group #IfNotNow as a name.

Talmudic rabbi suits fashion to a T: Famous dictum from the Mishna is a hit at H&M retailer. Via hm.com

Rocking The Cello, Fuzz Box Included

08/27/2014
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Maya Beiser calls her eclectic and unpredictable musical career a “wild ride,” and her latest CD, “Uncovered” (Innova), certainly suggests that the brilliant cellist is up for any challenge.

A former “classical music geek,” cellist Maya Beiser brings rock music and blues to her latest CD.  Via Mayabeiser.com

From BDS To Beastilization: The Campus Wars Are On

08/27/2014
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As anti-Israel wars loom on college campuses nationwide with the start of the fall semester, embattled Jewish students will now be armed with a new weapon, thanks to the legal eagles at the Washington-based Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights — a top 10 list of age-old anti-Semitic canards that seems drawn from the pages of a 19th-century world history textbook.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) activists at Boston’s Northeastern University in March. Courtesy of Northeastern SJP
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