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.

At Jewish Week Forum, Brevity Is Key

08/21/2014
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Larry Smith, creator of the Six-Word Memoir project, wore a tee shirt that read, “Now I obsessively count the words,” in keeping with his successful effort to reduce big and often witty ideas into just six words.

Starbucks’ Venti Israel Problem

08/19/2014
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For Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Israel has always been a fraught topic. Raised in a Brooklyn Jewish family, he’s been accused of supporting Israel and also of not supporting Israel, although in general he keeps his religious sentiments and commitments very private.

Grounds for controversy?

Woman To Head YU’s Women’s Torah Study

University rescues master's degree program from budget cuts and hires alumna Nechama Price to run it.

08/19/2014
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With women’s roles in some corners of the Orthodox world changing rapidly, it was no surprise that when it was reported that Yeshiva University’s advanced Talmudic study program for women was on the chopping block, there was a real outcry.

Nechama Price will be the first female director of YU’s Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Study. Courtesy of YU
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Holocaust Denial Gets The Comic Treatment

08/13/2014
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Mel Brooks laughs at Hitler (“The Producers”), Roberto Benigni sends up the Fascists (“Life is Beautiful”) and Robin Williams uses humor to keep hope alive in a Polish ghetto (“Jakob the Liar”).

But a comedic look at the issue of Holocaust denial?

Barry Levey satirizes Holocaust denial in “Hoaxocaust!” Dixie Sheridan

Robin Williams, ‘Honorary Jew’

08/13/2014
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No, Robin Williams wasn’t a Member of the Tribe. His original name wasn’t Wilamovich.

But many American Jews assumed that he was a Jew.

Robin Williams: His Yiddishisms and Jewish references endeared him to Jewish audiences. Getty Images

Gefilteria Cookbook In The Works

08/06/2014
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They made gefilte fish sexy. Now, they’re expanding operations. The hip, 20-something year-old founders of the Gefilteria, a boutique purveyor of gefilte and old world Jewish foods, announced this week that they have a cookbook in the works.

The Gefilteria’s founders, Jeffery Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern, announce plans for a spring 2016 cookbook. Shulie Seidler-Feller
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