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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
Book Critic
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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
Special To The Jewish Week
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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

For November Holidays, A Turkey Of A Menorah

08/27/2013
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On the way back to the Upper West Side from Florida on a family vacation last December, Asher Weintraub’s mother, Caroline, mentioned an upcoming anomaly she had just discovered on the Internet — Chanukah and Thanksgiving will coincide this year for the first time in history.

9-year-old Asher Weintraub, has turned the Thanksgiving turkey into a Menorah. Photo courtesy Caroline Weintraub

Culture Foundation's New Commission: A Musical Sarajevo Hagaddah

The famous illuminated manuscript will become a multimedia musical presentation.

08/22/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent
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The Sarajevo Haggadah, the famous illuminated manuscript, is the inspiration for the new multimedia art project entitled, “The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book,” the Foundation for Jewish Culture has announced.

Another Schechter Shutters

08/21/2013
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A Conservative day school in central New Jersey is closing, just three weeks before the first day of classes.

Solomon Schechter School of the Raritan Valley is one of several Conservative day schools in the New York region to close in recent years.

Schechter of Raritan Valley’s final first day of school. Photo via Facebook

What Makes Sammy Dance?

08/21/2013
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Sam Horowitz of Dallas, on being congratulated on his recent bar mitzvah performance, said he practiced for three hours every Sunday for a month. With his choreographer.

Today I am a hoofer: Sam Horowitz turns recent bar mitzvah into a Vegas-style show, complete with scantily dressed dancers.

For Israeli Grad Students, American Jewry 101

08/13/2013
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Will Israeli graduate students really be able to distinguish between the Upper West Side and Great Neck, or tell Philip Roth’s fiction from Allegra Goodman’s?

University of Haifa students will visit the Tenement Museum as part of unique curriculum. Photo via Angelorensanz.com

Coexistence On The Prairie

08/13/2013
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In the heartland city of Omaha, at a meandering stream called Hell Creek, Jews, Christians and Muslims are knocking on heaven’s door.

The interior of Temple Israel’s new building in Omaha.  Photo courtesy Temple Israel
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