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Star-Studded Holocaust Benefit Hits NYC

05/05/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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.

Celebrities at a benefit sponsored by the Survivor Mitzvah Project. Courtesy of Survivor Mitzvah Project

For Dershowitz, Unlikely Calm At Brooklyn College

05/05/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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.

Alan Dershowitz making a point last week at Brooklyn College, where his Israel views met little resistance. Moshe Berman

In The Swim, Gottex Style

04/28/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

JCC in Manhattan show features the work of iconic Israeli swimsuit designer Lea Gottlieb of Gottex. Koon

Stern Student's Tearjerker Nabs Top Film Prize

Medical clowning film wins audience choice award.

04/28/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

While studying abroad in Jerusalem, college junior Carmelle Danneman spent most of her time clowning around.

Stern’s Carmelle Danneman on the set of her “Send in the Clowns.” Courtesy of Carmelle Danneman

A Cinematic Fashion Statement

04/21/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

These days, calling Iris Apfel for a telephone interview is like crossing the main level of Grand Central Station at rush hour. The subject of a new documentary by the late Albert Maysles, Apfel has been rendered by his recent death the primary source for comment on the film, “Iris,” which opens April 29 at Film Forum (209 W. Houston St.; [212] 727-8110) and the Lincoln Plaza Cinema (Broadway and 62nd Street; [212] 757-0359).

The stylish Iris Apfel in scene from “Iris.”  Inset: Apfel with Albert Maysles. Courtesy of Maysles Films Inc.

WNET To Fight Anti-Semitism In Big Way

04/21/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

During an event sponsored several years ago by WNET, New York City’s public television station, Sylvia Poyta, a longtime supporter of the station, took Neal Shapiro, WNET’s president, aside for a short, quiet conversation.

Dr. Simon and Sylvia Poyta leave record estate to WNET.  Courtesy of WNET

Ido Mizrahy’s Cinematic Moment

04/14/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

He was born in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and lives in New York City, but Ido Mizrahy is emphatic about his identity.

Ido Mizrahy on the set of “Gored,” his Tribeca entry about bullfighting. Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

Celebrating Israeli Independence Day In Prayer

04/14/2015 - 20:00
Culture Editor

Among the many questions with many answers about Jewish prayer is whether on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day (April 23 this year), one adds the special prayers of praise and thanksgiving, Hallel, and/or omits the prayers of serious supplication, Tachanun.

The new Koren Mahzor.

Bridging The Shoah Divide — On Stage

04/07/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

To many children of Holocaust survivors, bridging the gulf between their own lives and their parents’ horrific wartime experiences seems virtually impossible. But opening in New York next week are two one-person plays that attempt to do just that by both elucidating and strengthening the bond between the playwrights and the memories of their parents.

Janice Nova in “Janka,” in “Do This One Thing.”  Raymond Reilly

At U.N., Two Sides Come Together In Art

04/07/2015 - 20:00
Culture Editor

For this week, a corridor of the United Nations is filled with bright hope for peace in the Middle East.

Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian, and Robi Damelin, an Israeli, in front of coexistence mural at the U.N. Courtesy of Parents Circle
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