Short Takes

Jewish Jocks: Grasshoppers vs. Giants

06/04/2013
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Jews have often regarded themselves within the realm of American sports not unlike the Israelite scouts who imagined themselves as small and insignificant as “grasshoppers” in comparison to the Canaanites who seemed to them as giants.

All-star line up of writers, subjects: “Jewish Jocks” takes an eclectic look at Jews who have made their name in sports.

Arab-Israeli Vocalist Blends Genres, Cultures

06/04/2013
Book Critic
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At first, Mira Awad didn’t want to be thought of as a bridge between cultures. The Palestinian-Israeli singer and songwriter grew up in an Arab village in the Galilee, studied music in Tel Aviv and has written and performed with musicians of many backgrounds. She felt the weight of being an Arab in Israel who moved between cultures.

Originally reluctant to call herself a bridge between Arabs and Jews, Mira Awad now embraces the term. Nanni Fontana

Ma’ayanot Girls On Track With Groundbreaking Science Victory

05/28/2013
Associate Editor

For the first time, an all-girls school has taken first place in a national science competition for Jewish day school students.

Noam Weinberger and a team of eight Ma’ayanot sophomores will represent U.S. day school students. Courtesy of Ma’ayanot

Act One For Bilingual Theater

05/28/2013
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New York may be the best city in the world to see Jewish theater, but how much of it is geared to children?

So mused two ex-pat Israelis, Denise Kornitz and Karin Hershkovitz-Kochavi, when they arrived in New York three years ago.

Russian Heritage Month Highlights Community’s Growth

05/22/2013
Staff Writer

As the city’s Russian-speaking Jewish community grew by the late 1990s, Jewish organizations in south Brooklyn frequently sponsored daylong celebrations of Russian culture, emphasizing art and music.

Violinist Philippe Quint will play June 19 at The Brownstone in Manhattan as part of Russian Heritage Month.

Israeli Soccer Team On The Mets’ Pitch

05/22/2013
Staff Writer

The Israel national soccer team’s timing should be so good on the field.

Israel’s national soccer team, which features Elad Gabay, and Maor Melikson.

A Nosh And A Walk

The American Jewish Committee offers a walking tour of the old neighborhood to more than 100 world diplomats.

05/14/2013
Associate Editor

It may have been the folksiest diplomatic rendezvous since the Roosevelts had the King of England over for hot dogs in the Hyde Park backyard.

Diplomats visit the Lower East Side, including a stop at the Bialystoker Shul, right, as part of AJC program.

Jewish-Arab Harmony

05/14/2013
Book Critic

David Margalit, 11, gave the slightest of nods, and he and Nasif Francis, also 11, began playing a Mozart Sonata. Margalit and Francis, on piano and violin, made subtle music together, enchanting listeners in a house concert last week on the Upper East Side.

Violinist Yamen Saadi and cellist Hagit Bar Sella in mid-performance.

10 Reasons A Married Woman Longs For Singlehood

05/13/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor's Note: For a singleton's longing list of what married life must be like, click here.

10. Sex

A strange man is inherently interesting, at least at first. Fotolia

Talking Baseball

05/07/2013
Associate Editor

Like Yiddishkeit, baseball is never what it used to be, and what used to be is often different than remembered. Legend tells us that fans were most loyal and passionate in Brooklyn.

Did anyone love Jackie Robinson more, or Sandy Koufax even more? And yet, despite Brooklyn finishing first or second nine times, with four World Series appearances and a championship in the years after Robinson’s debut (1947), Brooklyn attendance plunged some 780,000 in the next decade. Meanwhile, Koufax, of course, the beloved Brooklyn Jew who was a well-known athlete in the borough, was the starting pitcher 13 times in Brooklyn home games, but the average attendance was a very modest 16,289, with several of his starts attracting anemic turnouts in the range of 6,000-7,000.

Baseball’s Jews are the topic of a panel at the 92nd Street Y. Above, Ryan Braun; left, Sandy Koufax.
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