Short Takes

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.

Amar’e Stoudemire Mounts Campaign To Support Hatzalah

10/15/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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In this season of good deeds, Amar’e Stoudemire is making a point.

In the upcoming NBA season, United Hatzalah is hoping the New York Knicks’ standout scores plenty of them.

Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire. Deborah Danon

Nobel Winner Draws On Father's Holocaust Memories

10/15/2014
Culture Editor
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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.

Patrick Modiano, winner of Nobel Prize in literature, draws upon his Jewish father’s wartime experience in many of his novels.

Synagogues Get Their Own (Scape)Goat

09/24/2014
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When Sarah Lefton first came up with the pre-Yom Kippur app eScapegoat, she thought it would be a cute way to bring awareness to the Leviticus story behind the ritual of atonement.

eScapegoat app offers an online way to do repentance for the High Holy Days.

Say You Didn't Say It, Joe: More Bidenisms

This is your grandfather's vice-president.

09/18/2014
Editorial Intern
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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.

Vice President Joe Biden made an embarrassing verbal blunder when he called fraudulent money lenders "shylocks." Getty Images.

What (Else) Is Jewish About FatJew?

UWS, radiologist dad, Jewfro. And more.

09/18/2014
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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.  

With various furry friends. Wikimedia Commons

Geeking Out On Rosh HaShanah

A list of 5 obscure -- and underrated -- customs.

09/17/2014
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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.

Fish heads for Rosh HaShanah are a custom more honored in the breach than the observance, these days. Fotolia
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