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Online Hebrew School Coming To Military Families

09/17/2013
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Crystal Codner has to drive two and a half hours to get to the nearest synagogue.

But Hebrew school is within walking distance. In fact, it’s inside Codner’s Page, Ariz., home, thanks to a high-speed Internet connection and ShalomLearning Online, a new program launching next month.

ShalomLearning is bringing its synagogue distance-learning curriculum to military homes. Photo courtesy ShalomLearning

Sukkah City, The Movie

09/17/2013
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Three autumns ago, as Frank Gehry’s strikingly wavy 8 Spruce St. was growing into the city’s tallest residence, and as Diller Scofidio + Renfro was putting the finishing touches on its bold remaking of Alice Tully Hall, a dozen humble ritual huts set up in Union Square for two days stole the architectural spotlight in the city.

Weaving the “Fractured Bubble” sukkah. Christopher Farber

New Program Brings Online Hebrew School To Military Families

09/13/2013
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Crystal Codner has to drive two and a half hours to get to the nearest synagogue.

But Hebrew school is within walking distance. In fact, it’s inside Codner’s Arizona home, thanks to a high-speed Internet connection and ShalomLearning Online, a new program launching next month.

Online Hebrew school is free for military families. Photo courtesy ShalomLeaning Online

10 Israeli Artists To Hold Residencies At American Universities

09/12/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent
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This fall, Israel is exporting not just chocolate or electronics, but a different sort of commodity: artists.

Opposition Builds Against Chicken-Swinging Ritual

09/10/2013
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For years, Rina Deych was treated like she was crazy for fighting the Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot.

But today, the Brooklyn nurse and animal rights activist believes the tide is finally turning.

Rina Deych has fought a longstanding battle against kapparot. JTA

Lens On American Jewry

09/10/2013
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In his thoughtful and provocative new book, “The American Jewish Story Through Cinema” (University of Texas Press), Eric A. Goldman refers to Hollywood films about American Jewish life as “a Haggadah,” the Passover text that is savored and studied annually.

Eric Goldman investigates nine movies that define the Jewish experience. Rachel Banai

Jewish Game Developer To Market Holocaust Game For Smartphones

09/10/2013
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The developer of a Holocaust-themed game which was rejected by Nintendo has announced plans to release his work for smartphone users.

Farm-To-Table Tikkun Olam

09/04/2013
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Liz Neumark realizes that she may not be able to change the world. But she’d like to change the next meal for people who don’t yet understand the links between farm and table, between a carrot that’s just been pulled out of the ground and an unforgettably flavorful dinner. The CEO and founder of Great Performances, one of New York City’s largest off-premises caterers, Neumark has just published her first book, “Sylvia’s Table: Fresh, Seasonal Recipes from Our Farm to Your Family” (Knopf).

Inner-city students at Liz Neumark’s Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm in Columbia County. Photos courtesy Random House

‘Still Jewish’ Avi Hoffman Aiming For Younger Crowd

09/04/2013
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He may be one of the last of a dying breed, but for Yiddish vaudevillian Avi Hoffman, Catskills-type humor never goes out of style. After two previous shows, “Too Jewish?” and “Too Jewish, Too!” in the 1990s, Hoffman is back in New York, after a 15-year hiatus, with the final part of the trilogy, “Still Jewish After All These Years: A Meshugene Life in the Theater.” The show, which is playing at Stage 72 on the Upper West Side, runs through Oct. 23 (158 W. 72nd St., $45; thrice weekly performances are on an irregular schedule; brownpapertickets.com).

Hoffman’s third “Jewish” installment is most autobiographical yet.

In Israel, Time To Make The Cronuts?

08/27/2013
Tel Aviv
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It’s the newest pastry craze sweeping the U.S.: the not-so-appetizingly named cronut. And recently the first cronut — a flaky/chewy cross between a croissant and a doughnut — made landfall in Israel, becoming the first kosher-certified cronut available in the world.

Cronuts: Israel’s Lenchner bakeries bring the “cronut” U.S. pastry craze across the Atlantic. Amy Spiro
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