Short Takes

Dancing To Shel Silverstein

04/28/2014 - 20:00
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

04/23/2014 - 20:00

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

ZOA Tries To Block J Street's Membership In Umbrella Group

04/23/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Jewish community’s so-called big tent when it comes to Israel is large enough to include Alpha Epsilon Pi, the college fraternity, but it may not be big enough for J Street, the dovish pro-Israel lobby group. AEPi, as far as anyone knows, isn’t a powerhouse, Israel-wise, but in 2012 J Street distributed $1.8 million to 71 candidates, believed to be the most in history by a pro-Israel political action committee.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the public face of J Street.  JTA

This Year In Lviv: Emergency Seder Supplies For 2 Ukrainian Towns

04/16/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

With Ukrainian instability growing and the value its currency dropping, Ukrainian Jewish leaders suddenly discovered they couldn’t afford enough food for their communal seders.

Rabbis Michael Schudrich and Moshe Bloom packing kosher food bound for seders in Ukraine. Steve Lipman

Did Hitler’s Mistress Really Have Jewish Roots?

04/16/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A couple of Jewish genealogists have thrown a twist in a DNA analysis suggesting that Hitler’s longtime lover comes from Jewish stock. 

Eva Braun with Hitler, walking their dogs. Wikimedia Commons

Deli, Berkeley Style

03/10/2010 - 19:00

No one expects most Jewish delis to be kosher anymore.
But when you pull Hebrew National salami and Dr. Brown’s soda from the menu — and downsize the iconic, mile-high corned beef sandwich — can you still claim to be a guardian of the great Jewish deli tradition?

No Dr. Brown’s? Saul’s Deli, where the pastrami is grass-fed and the sodas small-batch.

Close Shave For A Good Cause

04/08/2014 - 20:00

This week, 73 North American rabbis will be missing something when they go to Shabbat services: their hair.

As part of a campaign that raised more than $570,000 for pediatric cancer research, approximately 60 male and female rabbis voluntarily shaved their heads last Tuesday night at the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis convention in Chicago. (Several rabbis who were unable to make it to the mass hair-shedding event shaved their heads elsewhere at different times.)

An assembly line of rabbis having their heads shaved last week at convention of Reform rabbis in Chicago. Julie Pelc Adler

A Date With Moses, Maybe Pharaoh Too

03/31/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A long long time ago, in a desert far away, there was a land where people worshipped cats, and men wore eyeliner. No, this wasn’t the Internet; it was the land of Egypt.”

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

03/31/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Observant Jews in Israel can’t get no satisfaction.

That was the mantra this week as word spread that the Rolling Stones will make their first-ever appearance in the Jewish state on June 4. The reason for the dissatisfaction: because the Tel Aviv show will begin just a few minutes after the end of Shavuot (Israelis keep one day of Shavuot, not two), which rules out attendance for most of those who observe the holiday.

Everybody must get Stoned: Timing of the Rolling Stones’ Tel Aviv show irks religious Jews. Getty Images

For Dara Horn, It’s Back To Publishing Future

03/25/2014 - 20:00
Culture Editor

Sometimes a book begins before its opening pages.

Just as Dara Horn’s acclaimed novel “A Guide for the Perplexed” is being published in paperback, she is offering a short novella in ebook form that is a prequel to her most recent novel. “String Theory: The Parents Ashkenazi” provides the backstory.

Dana Horn’s ebook novella is a prequel to her most recent novel, “A Guide for the Perplexed.”  Brendan Schulman
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