Rabbi Boteach held the third annual Champion of Jewish Values International Awards Gala last Thursday.
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‘Is there a liberal in the room?” One couldn’t help but wonder this while looking around the large ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Midtown last Thursday evening. It was filled with about 1,000 attendees of what could have been called “The Shmuley Boteach Show.” They were loudly cheering a succession of major conservative political figures outdoing each other in their support for Israel, condemnation of President Obama’s foreign policy, and giving voice to the fears about anti-Semitism at home and abroad.
Taking advantage of demographic changes in heavily Orthodox Crown Heights, Repair the World, a national Jewish service nonprofit focused on food justice and education, announced last week that it is opening a new community center in the neighborhood to serve as a hub for volunteering and community outreach. Nine fulltime fellows, all recent college graduates, will live at the new Nostrand Avenue location and direct programming.
It sounds like a question that could have come out of the newly released Pew Research Center survey of “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” which found a fast-growing number of Americans who are atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular.”
Like Bob Dylan’s “Duquesne Whistle” train (“I’m gonna stop in Carbondale, and keep on going”), Michael Dorf has an idea for a museum that banks on rock and roll’s penchant for the open road (or track).
The Indigo Girls booked a new gig — raising awareness about Holocaust survivors.
The American folk rock duo will be performing Saturday night in the East Village at a benefit for Holocaust survivors attended by a dozen Hollywood heavyweights, including “Titanic” star Frances Fisher, four-time Emmy-winner Valerie Harper and “Sex and the City” regular David Eigenberg. “The Stars Come Out For Survivors,” hosted by the Survivor Mitzvah Project, a nonprofit that aids survivors in Eastern Europe, will take place at Webster Hall.
He’s thrown haymakers at liberal Zionist Peter Beinart on CNN. He’s said President Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu “have blood on their hands” over civilian deaths in Gaza. And he’s railed against J Street’s so-called “big tent” on Israel.
Long, long ago, appearing partially unclad occasioned no greater agita in my mind than appearing fully dressed; at that time, wearing a bathing suit was a fashion opportunity rather than a moment of shame. But Gottex bathing suits were on a list of items well beyond my price range.