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Jewish Artists Pushing The Tech Frontier

12/18/2013
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Jazz music drifts from speakers down to the cherry wood tables of the West Cafe in Williamsburg as the Israeli artist Nurit Bar-Shai prepares to show examples of her latest work. With deft, freckled hands, she opens a manila envelope and slides three petri dishes across the table.

“Layered Histories” is an interactive digital representation of  the history of the Marseilles Bible. Cynthia Beth Rubin

Day School Tuition Wars Heat Up

12/18/2013
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A Mamaroneck elementary school is trying a new tack to increase revenue — lowering tuition.

Westchester Day School decreased its rates by 25 percent this year for three grades: the pre-K program for 4-year-olds, Kindergarten and first grade. Next year it is extending the lower tuition to second grade.

From Paris With Song

12/11/2013
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France may be increasingly inhospitable to Jews, given record levels of Arab anti-Semitism, but French Jewish culture continues to thrive.

David Serero:  A sly wit and a  French sensibility.

Young Blood On East Side Pulpits

12/11/2013
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One floated a trial balloon earlier this year: that the Conservative movement consider accepting converts, then teaching them, turning the usual chronology on its head. A second said he’d like to bring “literature, music and the visual arts,” along with worship and study, into the life of his synagogue. And a third, by the very nature of her background — Korean and Jewish — is breaking boundaries.

New spiritual leaders on the East Side are, clockwise from left, Elliot Cosgrove, Joshua Davidson and Angela Buchdahl.

Found In Translation

12/04/2013
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There was good news this week for Israel from the United Nations of all places. Some of it was official, some not.

Israel received an invitation Monday to join the Western European and Others Group in Geneva effective Jan. 1. That paves the way for it to join the UN Human Rights Council it cut ties with in March 2012 to protest what it said was that group’s anti-Israel bias. The group had condemned Israel 46 times in its five-year history — far more than any other country in the world. (See Editorial on page 6.)

A UN translator inadvertently pulled back the curtain on Israel bias at world body. Getty Images

Shave For The Brave

12/04/2013
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For almost a month, Rabbi Phyllis Sommer of Am Shalom Synagogue near Chicago has known that her 8-year-old son Sammy will die. So right after Thanksgiving, she decided to join a group of her colleagues who have signed up to shave their heads in solidarity with “Superman Sam,” as he has been known since he was diagnosed with leukemia, and other children with cancer.

The Sommer children, three wearing “Superman Sam” T-shirts. Sammy is second from left. Photo courtesy Rabbi Phyllis Sommer

Getting A ‘Beat’ On Bullying

11/27/2013
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This time around, the Maccabeats are getting serious.

Instead of dressing up like brutish Greek philosophers in togas with undershirts and Nikes, they’re sporting dark jackets and serious expressions to take on bullying.

Maccabeats’ “Burn” video sheds serious light on social ill. Photo courtesy Maccabeats

Beit Rabban Pilot To Cap Tuition Costs

11/27/2013
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As parents struggle with the rising costs of a full-time Jewish education, one Manhattan school has announced a pilot program to help address that need.

A class at Beit Rabban: Seats will be less expensive soon. Photo courtesy Beit Rabban

Solomon’s Comic Wisdom, Part 3

11/19/2013
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Jewish-Christian intermarriage is a fertile area for demographic research, as the recent Pew Research Center survey amply shows. But as comedian Steve Solomon knows, it is also a durable subject of humor. Solomon will appear in his latest one-man play, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Home for the Holidays” this Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College ($30; 718-951-4500).

Steve Solomon and the humor of intermarriage. Photo courtesy Steve Solomon

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Holiday?

11/19/2013
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As Thanksgiving and Chanukah merge into the excitement and frenzy of Thanksgivukah, American Jews are readying their pumpkin doughnuts and cranberry sauce-topped latkes.

 These retro Manischewitz cards tout Thanksgivukah. Images courtesy Manischewitz
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