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.

Why Is This Obama Speech Different From All Others?

11/26/2014
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President Obama did not mention Jews once in his Nov. 20 speech announcing immigration reforms, but he ended with a flourish that would be immediately recognizable to anyone who has sat through a Passover seder.

“We were strangers once, too:" President Obama delivering his immigration speech last week. Getty Images

A Violin That’s A Survivor

11/26/2014
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On the first day of WQXR Radio’s musical instrument drive in March to benefit the city’s public school children, a staff member took a microphone to the drop-off site at Lincoln Center to interview donors.

Joseph Feingold and his violin, which has “some story.” Courtesy of WQXR

Cartoon Music, Yiddish-Jazz Style

11/12/2014
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She was a devilishly curvy flapper who favored low-cut dresses with short skirts, and hot jazz tunes. He was an old salt with massive tattooed forearms, a taste for greens and a penchant for over-the-top violence. But they seldom met, until now.

The “Fleischerei” group consists of Joe Fiedler, left, Sarah Stiles and Gary Lucas.  Photo collage by Caroline Conejero

'Several Women' Invited To Join Board Of RCA Beth Din

11/12/2014
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Two weeks after the Rabbinical Council of America appointed a new conversion committee with five women, Dr. Michelle Friedman of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah announced her acceptance to the Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Chovevei’s Michelle Friedman is now on Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dancer

11/05/2014
Culture Editor
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The child in the old home movies projected onto a large screen is the young Netta Yerushalmy, at first a toddler walking in front of the camera, and then as a very young dancer, practicing her movements. On stage, the award-winning choreographer Yerushalmy imitates the young girl’s moves. As the video sequences are repeated, Yerushalmy shifts the novice’s movements into formal structures.

Netta Yerushalmy: Movement then and now.  Gadi Dagon

Sexy ‘IDF’ Calendar Draws Fire

10/24/2014
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A pair of entrepreneurs say they’re helping Israel shed its negative image with their calendar of sultry, scantily clad female Israeli soldiers.

Out of uniform: New calendar features Israeli soldiers, appealing to readers’ nonmilitary leanings. Courtesy of MTKL
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