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

04/17/2014
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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?

04/17/2014
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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

03/11/2010
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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.
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Close Shave For A Good Cause

04/09/2014
JTA

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

04/01/2014
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

04/01/2014
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

03/26/2014
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

HaZamir Chorale Makes It To Carnegie

03/26/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Nobody has to tell Vivian Lazar how iconic Carnegie Hall is. After all, no one tells a joke that asks, “How do you get to [fill in your favorite concert venue here]?”

At 21, HaZamir has made it to Carnegie Hall. Its concert is on March 30.  John Kenney

Israel As Foodie Destination

03/19/2014
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Israeli cuisine is hot these days. Over the past few years, the country’s status as a foodie destination has risen precipitously, thanks in no small part to Israeli-born British chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his best-selling cookbook “Jerusalem,” which has elevated the profile of Middle Eastern Jewish food. Last year, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism reported a record 3.5 million visitors, up .5 percent from 2012. No one can say for sure how many of those tourists visit the land of milk and honey for, well, its milk and honey, but Jewish organizations in the U.S. are now betting on the strength of those numbers.

Brochure for JFNA’s cuisine tour.

A Composer Has His Debut — At 82

03/19/2014
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It’s unusual for a composer to debut his first opera at the age of 82.

Then again, Harry Bialor is an unusual composer. His opera, “Masada,” is having its world premiere March 23 at the JCC of Staten Island (1466 Manor Rd. 718 475-5200) as part of a UJA-Federation of New York-funded Jewish Music Month program. The piece will be performed by Voyces and Young Voyces, two S.I.-based ensembles, conducted by Michael Sirotta and accompanied by pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe.

A Holocaust survivor, Harry Bailor tackles the story of “Masada” for his first opera. George Robinson
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