Short Takes

Looking Back 50 Years, Parade Was Always A Challenge

05/28/2014
Editor and Publisher

It’s only fitting that Ted Comet, the veteran Jewish professional who turned 90 this week, will be a marshall at the Celebrate Israel parade this Sunday. He is credited with founding the event, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. And he can attest to the fact that it has always had its share of controversy; this year it has been over the participation of three left-wing Jewish groups.

Ted Comet, at right next to Mayor John Lindsay, will lead Sunday’s Celebrate Israel parade. Courtesy of Ted Comet

Superstitions: And I Thought I Was Strange…

05/22/2014
Editor And Publisher

In writing about my superstitions when it comes to baseball (“The Power And Pitfalls Of Superstition,” May 16), I realized I might seem odd, if not foolish, to many readers. And no doubt I did.

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
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