Short Takes

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

Stand up comedy novices get serious laughs

06/30/2015
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

06/24/2015

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

06/24/2015
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

06/17/2015

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 whiskyjewbilee.com

Three Youth Orgs Form Hiring Collective

06/17/2015

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

Where Mincha Goes Ecstatic

06/10/2015
Culture Editor

Come Saturday, one of the longest Shabbat afternoons of the year, Rabbi Jessica Minnen is hosting what may be the city’s first Ecstatic Mincha, an opportunity to pray with your entire body.

Praying with your entire body: Rabbi Jessica Minnen’s Ecstatic Mincha.  Courtesy of Jessica Minnen

A Scholarship That Keeps On Giving

06/10/2015
Editor and Publisher

Dr. Sarit Buzaglo’s career trajectory from high school dropout to computer science postdoc is an Israeli success story she attributes directly to ISEF, the foundation dedicated to giving disadvantaged Israeli youth an opportunity to succeed.

ISEF president Nina Weiner and International Fellow Sarit Buzaglo. Courtesy of ISEF Foundation

Dore Gold: Abbas ‘Could Negotiate With Israel’

06/03/2015
Staff Writer

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could negotiate a peace treaty with Israel if he wanted to, according to Dore Gold, who was appointed last week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Gold is the new director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.  Wikimedia Commons

Cruz A Crowd Favorite At Adelson ‘Audition’

Rabbi Boteach held the third annual Champion of Jewish Values International Awards Gala last Thursday.

06/03/2015
Editor and Publisher

‘Is there a liberal in the room?” One couldn’t help but wonder this while looking around the large ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Midtown last Thursday evening. It was filled with about 1,000 attendees of what could have been called “The Shmuley Boteach Show.” They were loudly cheering a succession of major conservative political figures outdoing each other in their support for Israel, condemnation of President Obama’s foreign policy, and giving voice to the fears about anti-Semitism at home and abroad.

GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.  Getty Images

Training Rabbis For The Future

05/26/2015
Editor and Publisher

‘A 21st century rabbi is uniquely suited to...”

Four rabbinic scholars and practitioners were asked to fill in the blank at a Jewish Week-sponsored forum last Wednesday evening as part of a panel discussion on the role of rabbis today.

Erin Leib Smokler, left, Rabbi David Ellenson, Rabbi Hayim Herring, Rabbi Joy Levitt and Rabbi Joshua Davidson at recent forum.
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