Short Takes

Top Spot For Jewish Films Gets New Owner

09/10/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Charles Cohen can remember the exact moment at which he fell in love with cinema.

“I was 3 years old and my grandmother took me to see the Walt Disney ‘Cinderella,’” he recalled in a telephone interview last week. He laughs and adds, “I made her sit through it twice.”

A fan of cinema since seeing Walt Disney’s “Cinderella,” Charles Cohen now owns the Quad Cinema.  Courtesy of Quad Cinema

Deli Food For Syrian Jews?

09/10/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Redolent of tamarind, allspice, cinnamon and honey, and often made with vegetables and dried fruits, the Mediterranean and Levantine cuisine of Syrian Jews differs markedly from the salty, garlicky, fatty fare that forms the basis of traditional Eastern European Jewish cookery. But for Yaron Harazi, the owner of Brooklyn on Rye, a new kosher deli at 543 Kings Highway in Midwood (brooklynonrye.com), deli sandwiches are just the ticket for the growing Sephardic population in that district. “Syrians especially like bologna,” he said. “I’m selling bologna sandwiches as fast as I can make them.”

   Yaron Harazi’s new Brooklyn on Rye offers a combination of Sephardi and Ashkenazi fare.  Michael Datikash

Crown Heights Soon To Be Smokin’

09/03/2014
Staff Writer

Sruly Eidelman, 27-year-old Jewish foodie from Brooklyn, is constantly smoking. Meat, that is.

“It’s a hard habit to break,” said Eidelman, 27, in a recent phone interview. “I smoke whatever I want, even cholent.”

Sruly Eidelman’s pop-up BBQ restaurant now has a home in Brooklyn.

Hillel The Sage Gets A T-Shirt

09/03/2014
Staff Writer

What do H&M and a far-left political group have in common? Mishnaic sage Hillel, of course.

Both the Swedish retail giant and a Jewish anti-war group allied with JVP are using “If not now, when?” the rhetorical question found in Ethics of Our Fathers [Pirkei Avot]: H&M as a T-shirt slogan and the group #IfNotNow as a name.

Talmudic rabbi suits fashion to a T: Famous dictum from the Mishna is a hit at H&M retailer. Via hm.com

Rocking The Cello, Fuzz Box Included

08/27/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Maya Beiser calls her eclectic and unpredictable musical career a “wild ride,” and her latest CD, “Uncovered” (Innova), certainly suggests that the brilliant cellist is up for any challenge.

A former “classical music geek,” cellist Maya Beiser brings rock music and blues to her latest CD.  Via Mayabeiser.com

From BDS To Beastilization: The Campus Wars Are On

08/27/2014
Staff Writer

As anti-Israel wars loom on college campuses nationwide with the start of the fall semester, embattled Jewish students will now be armed with a new weapon, thanks to the legal eagles at the Washington-based Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights — a top 10 list of age-old anti-Semitic canards that seems drawn from the pages of a 19th-century world history textbook.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) activists at Boston’s Northeastern University in March. Courtesy of Northeastern SJP

At Jewish Week Forum, Brevity Is Key

08/21/2014
Editor And Publisher

Larry Smith, creator of the Six-Word Memoir project, wore a tee shirt that read, “Now I obsessively count the words,” in keeping with his successful effort to reduce big and often witty ideas into just six words.

Starbucks’ Venti Israel Problem

08/19/2014
Staff Writer

For Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Israel has always been a fraught topic. Raised in a Brooklyn Jewish family, he’s been accused of supporting Israel and also of not supporting Israel, although in general he keeps his religious sentiments and commitments very private.

Grounds for controversy?

Woman To Head YU’s Women’s Torah Study

University rescues master's degree program from budget cuts and hires alumna Nechama Price to run it.

08/19/2014
Staff Writer

With women’s roles in some corners of the Orthodox world changing rapidly, it was no surprise that when it was reported that Yeshiva University’s advanced Talmudic study program for women was on the chopping block, there was a real outcry.

Nechama Price will be the first female director of YU’s Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Study. Courtesy of YU

Holocaust Denial Gets The Comic Treatment

08/13/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Mel Brooks laughs at Hitler (“The Producers”), Roberto Benigni sends up the Fascists (“Life is Beautiful”) and Robin Williams uses humor to keep hope alive in a Polish ghetto (“Jakob the Liar”).

But a comedic look at the issue of Holocaust denial?

Barry Levey satirizes Holocaust denial in “Hoaxocaust!” Dixie Sheridan
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