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Émigré Finds Success As Team Manager

02/04/2014
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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

02/04/2014
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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

02/04/2014
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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 snowmakers.com

Ruderman Foundation Awards First $100,000 Inclusion Prize

01/29/2014
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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

01/27/2014
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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

01/21/2014
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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.

01/21/2014
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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

Marrying Reb Shlomo To An Afrobeat Groove

01/14/2014
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First you hear some vocal “percussion,” then the drummer drops a bomb and a ferocious horn section tears into a complicated, propulsive riff. You listen and you’re thinking, “Gee, I know this tune, but ... oh, wow, it’s Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s ‘Ein Keloheinu!’”

The Zion80 musical group, inspired by the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Phovo via Zion80.com

Sunrise On ‘Fiddler’ Lyricist’s Forgotten Musicals

01/14/2014
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He may be best known as the lyricist for “Fiddler on the Roof,” but Sheldon Harnick, who turns 90 this year, is one of the most prolific artists in the American musical theater. Now, audiences will have a rare opportunity to see some of Harnick’s lesser-known works, including some for which he also wrote the book and music. For its annual Musicals in Mufti series, the York Theatre Company is staging four forgotten Harnick musicals over the next two months (yorktheatre.org, [212] 935-5820).

Best known for “Fiddler on the Roof,” Sheldon Harnick says he never saw himself “specializing in Jewish themes.”

Presidents Conference Goes Greek

01/08/2014
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W ill meetings of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations soon feature togas and beer kegs? Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi is the first college student organization to be a full member of the conference, an umbrella organization for more than 50 U.S. Jewish groups that focuses primarily on promoting pro-Israel positions. Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is an adjunct member of the conference.

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