Short Takes

Israeli Teen ‘New Face’ Of Dior

07/14/2015 - 20:00

Move over, Bar Rafaeli — there’s a new Israeli “It girl” model.

Sofia Mechetner, a 14-year-old from Holon, a Tel Aviv suburb, has been signed — seemingly out of nowhere — as the “new face” of Dior, one of France’s top fashion houses. Israel’s Channel 2 accompanied Sofia for several days leading up to Paris Fashion Week, where she opened the show.

Fourteen-year-old Israeli Sofia Mechetner was the first model on the runway at the Dior Paris Fashion Week show. Via

URJ Boasts Bold New Hire

April Baskin, former president of Jewish Multiracial Network, takes post as VP of 'Audacious Hospitality.'

07/14/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

What’s in a job title? Plenty of symbolism, it turns out, in the new post the Union for Reform Judaism has just filled.

April Baskin, URJ’s new vice president of audacious hospitality, hopes to create a legacy of inclusion in the Reform movement.

Kosher BBQ Fires Up In Crown Heights

07/07/2015 - 20:00

Izzy’s BBQ Addiction, the long-awaited kosher smokehouse in Crown Heights, is finally open for service.

Owner Sruly Eidelman slices some of his smoked meat at Izzy’s BBQ Addiction in Crown Heights.  Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Classic Catskills Humor Comes To Broadway

06/30/2015 - 20:00

At the Jewish Week’s 17th annual “Funniest Jewish Comic” contest on Sunday night, one competitor gave the audience a scare right at the start with a hackneyed set up as old as Moses.

Contest winners, from left, Roy Schaeffer, Belinda Boxer, producer Geoff Kole, and Rena Blech. Courtesy of Broadway Comedy Club

‘Reclaiming’ Jewish History

06/30/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

For actress Helen Mirren, who portrays Holocaust refugee Maria Altmann in “Woman in Gold,” her critically acclaimed role is a slice of Jewish history.

Helen Mirren: Honored by World Jewish Congress for role in “Woman in Gold.” Hahar Azran

Amateur Comedians Deliver At The Jewish Week's 'Funniest Jewish Comic' Contest

Stand up comedy novices get serious laughs

06/29/2015 - 20:00
Blueprint Editor

At the Jewish Week’s 17th annual “Funniest Jewish Comic” contest on Sunday night, one competitor gave the audience a scare right at the start with a hackneyed set up as old as Moses.

Winner Roy Schaeffer, second place Belinda Boxer, producer Geoff Kole, third place Rena Blech.Courtesy of Broadway Comedy Club

Michael Douglas Salutes Son, Dad At Genesis Award

06/23/2015 - 20:00

Actor Michael Douglas credited his son and celebrity father for helping him reconnect to Judaism as he accepted the Genesis Prize, “the Jewish Nobel,” in Jerusalem.

Michael Douglas accepts the Genesis Prize in Jerusalem. JTA

Honeymoon Israel Launches In NYC

06/23/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Growing up as a Southern Baptist in the Deep South, Mary Davis never dreamed she’s spend her honeymoon in Israel, let alone as a Jew.

Spirits Run High At Whiskey Jewbilee

06/16/2015 - 20:00

Matthew Spinozi might be somewhat of a spectacle on the corner of 31st and 10th. The contrast of his shoulder-length, chestnut curls against his pressed white linen suit and leather loafers, stands out against the clean-cut commuters gathered just a few blocks away at the bustling Penn Station.

Guests at the fourth annual Whisky Jewbilee sample an array of brands and brews. Via

Three Youth Orgs Form Hiring Collective

06/16/2015 - 20:00

In business, there’s a “war for talent,” but in the Jewish communal world, some organizations are feeling the love — they’re working together to hire and nurture the best employees.

Hillel professionals gather at Washington University in St. Louis for their annual conference. Hillel International
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