Short Takes

Tikkum Olam, Brazilian Style

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

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

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

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.

Hebrew National Serves Up Bacon In New Ad Campaign


It may be America’s most iconic kosher brand, famous for its hot dogs that in the words of its unforgettable ad slogan, “answer to a higher authority.”

The food’s kosher — are their videos? Hebrew National is featuring treif food in its new advertising campaign. JTA

At Berlin Maccabi Games, Past Is Ever-Present


Seventy-nine summers after Marty Glickman’s Olympics uniform was rendered as useless as a jilted bride’s wedding dress, his daughter Nancy wore the same uniform to light the cauldron that officially opened the European Maccabi Games here.

American soccer player Catie Chase at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin showing photos of her late grandparents.

The Summer Of The Chevra Kadisha Novel


As a literary device, the chevra kadisha, or burial society, has little precedent.

The words mean, literally, holy society. The chevra kadisha is the group of people that performs, among other duties, the mitzvah of tahara. Members of the group wash and purify the body of the deceased according to prescribed ritual, and then dress the body in burial shrouds — garments that have neither zippers nor pockets, as nothing of material value can be taken from this world.

 Fiction by Michelle Brafman and Diana Bletter explores burial societies.

‘Gem’ Of A Yiddish Operetta Gets New Look


After 92 years, many of them spent in manuscript form piled on a shelf of the Loeb Music Library at Harvard, Joseph Rumshinsky’s operetta, “Di Goldene Kale” (The Golden Bride), will be brought back to the stage at Rutgers University. As ever, the plot hinges on who gets the girl.

“Di Goldene Kale” by Joseph Rumshinsky will be revived with English and Russian subtitles and a full 20-piece orchestra.

Swiping For A Shidduch


Downstairs, in the crowded lower level of NYC hotspot ACME this past Tuesday evening, partiers took photo booth-style pictures with friends, significant others, and potential new spouses holding signs that read “NJB” (Nice Jewish Boy), “Kiss Me I’m Jewish,” and “Shalom, Jew Feel Me?”

Article author Carly Stern and friend were among the NJGs (Nice Jewish Girls) at the Tribe launch. Courtesy of Carly Stern

Lady Gaga’s Israeli Shoe Designer


Shoe designer Kobi Levi was working in his design studio in 2011 when he got an email that he was sure couldn’t be real.

Soul style: A selection of Kobi Levi’s “fantastical footwear,” some of which go for $3,000.  JTA
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