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Joe At YU: Steer Students Toward Public Service

Staff Writer

Two years after he ended four decades as an elected official, and a year after he co-taught a course at the Columbia University Law School about the role of Congress in American foreign policy, Joseph Lieberman is adding another entry to his post-Senate resume.

Joe Lieberman trading Washington for Washington Heights. Getty Images

Prime Grill Guy Now Casting For Fish


Joey Allaham, owner and founder of the iconic kosher restaurant Prime Grill, has conceded that there are only two ways to cook a steak: broiled or grilled.

Joey Allaham kashers Butterfish restaurant.  John Uher Photography

Gaza: With God On Our Side

Associate Editor

Israel has had some terrific war songs, going back to 1948’s Palmach march, and 1967’s “Jerusalem of Gold,” performed for the first time as an elegy in May of that year, but transformed into a celebratory psalm three weeks later after the Six-Day War. The greatest English song supporting an embattled Israel is Bob Dylan’s blistering, sarcastic and yet poetic “Neighborhood Bully” of 1983, written in the wake of Israel’s leveling of an Iraqi nuclear reactor and of the 1982 Lebanon war.

Peter Himmelman’s “Maximum Restraint” is reminiscent of his father-in-law Bob Dylan’s “Neighborhood Bully.”  Peter Himmelman via

Israeli Pianist’s Newest ‘Venture’

Special To The Jewish Week

When rockets are falling on your hometown and you’re half a world away, it’s hard to concentrate on music. Alon Nechushtan’s family is in Rishon LeZion, “in rocket range, just north of Rehovot,” the pianist-composer says with a wan smile. He is in New York City with his wife and child, pursuing a burgeoning career as a jazz musician. He doesn’t want to talk about this subject, other than to drily observe that “these are toxic times.”

Alon Nechushtan moves between jazz, klezmer and classical music.   Spencer Gordon

For Alan Dershowitz, There’s Life After Harvard


Alan Dershowitz’s house is a bit of a mess.

The rooms of his Martha’s Vineyard home are cluttered with half-unpacked boxes from his Cambridge house, which he and his wife sold after he retired from Harvard Law School in June.

Alan Dershowitz hanging out on the porch of the Chilmark General Store in the Martha’s Vineyard town of Chilmark, Mass. JTA

The Jewish Foodie Behind The Black Ant

Staff Writer

Don’t complain about the bug in your soup — it’s supposed to be there. The Black Ant, a modern Mexican restaurant that opened in May, might be the most treif restaurant you can find.

From gefilte fish to crispy grasshoppers: Black Ant co-owner Cliff Freid.  Courtesy of The Black Ant

A Dream ‘Gig’ In The Bygone Catskills

Special to the Jewish Week

By the time that Kutsher’s Country Club fell to the wrecking ball in May, the Catskills were already long past their prime as a Jewish vacation paradise. In fact, the popularity of the “Jewish Alps” was already waning in the 1970s, when “The Gig,” Doug Cohen’s new musical about a group of amateur jazz musicians who land a prized booking in the Borscht Belt, is set.

Doug Cohen’s musical captures a “sense of celebration” about the heyday of the “Jewish Alps.”  Courtesy of Doug Cohen

Everyone’s A Comedian

Special To The Jewish Week

Miriam Borenstein, 27, had a great line about online dating. Saul Daiell, 33, joked about teaching. But in the end, “High-Powered” Howard Newman took home the title of Funniest Jewish Comedian in the annual contest sponsored by The Jewish Week.

Funniest Jewish Comedian winner Howard Newman, left, and Geoff, who produces the annual event.

Eyal Maoz’s Many Sides

Special To The Jewish Week

Eyal Maoz not only remembers the first guitar he ever was given. He still has it, a Spanish classical guitar.

“I remember my first electric guitar, too,” he adds. “It was red and very hard to play, and I have it even now. I completely ruined it making it into a fretless.”

Eyal Maoz is curaing a week at The Stone.    Courtesy of Eyal Maoz

Pew, The Play(s)

Special To The Jewish Week

Last fall’s survey of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center, which found increasing numbers of American Jews eschewing religious labels, triggered a chorus of commentators, galvanized a debate about Jewish identity, and pitted huge segments of the Jewish community against each other.

Survey says?… Actors who participated in last week’s “Pew-ish” theatrical showcase.  David Shmidt Chapman
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