Short Takes

Limmud NY At 10: A Moveable Feast Of Jewish Learning …

02/18/2014 - 19:00
Culture Editor

Our Limmud experience began on our ride up to Stamford, Conn., where the conference took place at the Hilton. Unexpectedly, we had a very full car — we were six Jews, religious and secular, New Yorkers and Brits, a rabbi, a cantor and a musician, with three presenters, two reporters, several jokesters and lots of lively conversation, a taste of what was to come.

The diverse crowd at one of the many Limmud NY sessions.  JoAnn Tansman

B'nai Jeshurun Rabbis Rapped Again On Israel

02/11/2014 - 19:00
Web Editor

Congregants of the Upper West Side synagogue B’nai Jeshurun, known worldwide for its spirited services, have for the second time in about a year condemned two of their rabbis’ most recent public statements on Israel, this time in an e-mail petition.

B’nai Jeshurun’s 88th Street entrance. Wikimedia Commons

Kosher Barbecue Pop-Up Seeks A Permanent Home

02/11/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Growing up in Midwood, Brooklyn, the Eidelman brothers ate a lot of meat. Their mother, Sara, an accomplished cook was born to Holocaust survivor parents who couldn’t afford the luxury. So she wanted to give her boys all she could.

“She used to buy us filet mignon,” said Sruly Eidelman, now 26 and living in Crown Heights.

Sruly Eidelman currently cooks up his Texas-style barbecue at his parents’ home in Midwood. Lauren Rothman

Émigré Finds Success As Team Manager

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Lenny Kasten’s sport is logistics.

A soccer coach in his native Ukraine, Kasten has traveled the world as an American. He took up his new career as general manager of the U.S. National Bobsled and Skeleton Team by accident.

Lenny Kasten, center, was a soccer coach in his native Ukraine. Courtesy of USA Bobsled & Skeleton

Survivors’ Daughter Heads U.S. Medical Team

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Dr. Gloria Beim, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, will serve as the chief medical officer of the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Olympics.

Dr. Gloria Beim, left, will supervise U.S. medical personnel at the Winter Games and coordinate ties with Russian colleagues.

Israeli Firm Brings Snow To Russian Olympics

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Israel is not bringing snow to the Winter Olympics, but one Israeli firm will help guarantee that there will be enough snow for Sochi’s skiing events.

Snowmaking machines like this will guarantee Olympic-quality ski slopes at the Sochi Games. Photo via

Ruderman Foundation Awards First $100,000 Inclusion Prize

01/28/2014 - 19:00
Web Editor

The growing move for inclusion in the Jewish community got a big push this week with the launch of a $100,000 prize from the Ruderman Family Foundation.

William P. Alford, chair of the Harvard Law Project on Disability, left, prize-winner Michael Stein, center. Aynsley Floyd

Truly 'Kafkaesque:' New Video Game Inspired By Franz

01/26/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

One of the most overused adjectives in English is probably “kafkaesque,” a word that denotes a surreal, nightmarish, overly bureaucratic situation, but no one can complain if that word is applied to a video game that will be released this year – the Franz Kafka Videogame.

Mixed Reviews For Pro-Settler Pop

01/20/2014 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

After two viral videos in which she transformed Miley Cyrus hits into anti-land-for-peace messages, Orit Arfa is reveling in the attention.

Orit Arfa, star of a video in which she swings on a wrecking ball, takes proud right- wing, pro-Israel positions.

A Super Bowl Winner Speaks

Lineman Alan Veingrad to discuss his religious journey at the Manhattan Jewish Experience.

01/20/2014 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

There are some things in life that money can’t buy. A Super Bowl victory is one of them. Undrafted out of East Texas State University and told he didn’t have the chops to make it in the NFL, Alan Veingrad became a starting offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers and later won the Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.

Alan Veingrad
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