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Cardinal’s Sister ‘Thrilled’ To Join The Tribe

05/21/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

The sister of Cardinal John O’Connor, the late archbishop of New York, said she was “thrilled” when she learned that their late mother was born Jewish and that their grandfather had been a pulpit rabbi in Bridgeport, Conn.

Mary O’Connor Ward, left, John O’Connor and their parents Dorothy and Thomas O’Connor in a photo circa 1945. Mary O’Connor Ward

Elon Gold Loves To Make ‘My People’ Laugh

05/21/2014
Editor and Publisher

Elon Gold says he may be the only comedian around who has two completely different acts — the “secular one” for non-Jewish audiences and the Jewish one for “my people.”

New one-hour special on Netflix: “Jews are skeptical,” says Elon Gold.  Courtesy of Elon Gold

Hal Linden Brings His Clarinet Back Home

05/14/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s a kind of homecoming for me,” said the warm and witty Hal Linden, 83, whose one-man show, “Hal Linden Live in Concert,” arrives at the Café Carlyle in New York next week after more than five dozen performances across the country. Best known as Barney Miller, the eponymous star of the 1970s sitcom in which he played the down-to-earth captain of a police precinct in Greenwich Village, Linden has appeared in 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

Hal Linden: A family of musicians.

Hal Linden Brings His Clarinet Back Home

05/14/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s a kind of homecoming for me,” said the warm and witty Hal Linden, 83, whose one-man show, “Hal Linden Live in Concert,” arrives at the Café Carlyle in New York next week after more than five dozen performances across the country. Best known as Barney Miller, the eponymous star of the 1970s sitcom in which he played the down-to-earth captain of a police precinct in Greenwich Village, Linden has appeared in 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

Hal Linden: A family of musicians.

Hal Linden Brings His Clarinet Back Home

05/14/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

It’s a kind of homecoming for me,” said the warm and witty Hal Linden, 83, whose one-man show, “Hal Linden Live in Concert,” arrives at the Café Carlyle in New York next week after more than five dozen performances across the country. Best known as Barney Miller, the eponymous star of the 1970s sitcom in which he played the down-to-earth captain of a police precinct in Greenwich Village, Linden has appeared in 20 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

Hal Linden: A family of musicians.

Everyone’s Favorite Rabbi Has His Night Of Tribute

05/14/2014
Editor and Publisher

If you polled New Yorkers active in Jewish life and asked them who among their leaders was most beloved, it’s a fair bet that Rabbi David Ellenson would top the list. With good reason.

Rabbi David Ellenson, who stepped down as president of HUC-JIR in December, will continue teaching.

The Latest Dish On Israel

05/07/2014
Staff Writer

For a decade, Rockland County resident Suzanne Weilgus, a lifelong Zionist and health care administrator, has served as a volunteer leader of American Communities Helping Israel, or ACHI, a nonprofit that encourages people to buy Israeli products.

A “Klee” vessel made by campers at Camp Regesh is part of new Buy Israel campaign.  Courtesy of ACHI

Jewish Museum's New Logo Makes Pointed Statement

05/07/2014
Culture Editor

In search of a new graphic look, The Jewish Museum has gone old — really old. Ancient old, that is.

Tasked with freshening up the museum’s logo and related materials, the New York-based design firm Sagmeister & Walsh took as its inspiration the Star of David.

Jewish Museum logo is based on the hexagonal forms of the Star of David. Courtesy of Jewish Museum

Dancing To Shel Silverstein

04/29/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

‘I grew up with these silly, rhyming poems,” New York-based theater director Celine Rosenthal told The Jewish Week in a recent interview. “I realized how poignant and beautiful they could be.”

“Suite Shel” brings Silverstein’s whimsical poems into realm of modern dance.  Eileen O’Donnell

From Bible Heroines To Bernie Madoff

04/24/2014
JTA

Plucking a violin on an empty stage, an animated scene of Manhattan skyscrapers scrolling behind her pregnant body, the musician, poet and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins begins to sing what sounds like a mystical incantation of sorts.

“Bring me your empty jar, I will fill it,” she intones. “Where it comes from, I can’t tell you, no one knows.”

“I wanted to have a Jewish response to Bernie Madoff,” Alicia Jo Rabins says about her rock opera. Jason Falchook
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