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Media Itself Mixes It Up On Israel Bias

12/02/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Western news media coverage of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is again coming under scrutiny — this time from the media itself.

Matti Friedman: Decries what he sees as media bias against Israel.

Why Is This Obama Speech Different From All Others?

11/25/2014 - 19:00

President Obama did not mention Jews once in his Nov. 20 speech announcing immigration reforms, but he ended with a flourish that would be immediately recognizable to anyone who has sat through a Passover seder.

“We were strangers once, too:" President Obama delivering his immigration speech last week. Getty Images

A Violin That’s A Survivor

11/25/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

On the first day of WQXR Radio’s musical instrument drive in March to benefit the city’s public school children, a staff member took a microphone to the drop-off site at Lincoln Center to interview donors.

Joseph Feingold and his violin, which has “some story.” Courtesy of WQXR

Cartoon Music, Yiddish-Jazz Style

11/11/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

She was a devilishly curvy flapper who favored low-cut dresses with short skirts, and hot jazz tunes. He was an old salt with massive tattooed forearms, a taste for greens and a penchant for over-the-top violence. But they seldom met, until now.

The “Fleischerei” group consists of Joe Fiedler, left, Sarah Stiles and Gary Lucas.  Photo collage by Caroline Conejero

'Several Women' Invited To Join Board Of RCA Beth Din

11/11/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Two weeks after the Rabbinical Council of America appointed a new conversion committee with five women, Dr. Michelle Friedman of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah announced her acceptance to the Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Chovevei’s Michelle Friedman is now on Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Dancer

11/04/2014 - 19:00
Culture Editor

The child in the old home movies projected onto a large screen is the young Netta Yerushalmy, at first a toddler walking in front of the camera, and then as a very young dancer, practicing her movements. On stage, the award-winning choreographer Yerushalmy imitates the young girl’s moves. As the video sequences are repeated, Yerushalmy shifts the novice’s movements into formal structures.

Netta Yerushalmy: Movement then and now.  Gadi Dagon

Sexy ‘IDF’ Calendar Draws Fire

10/23/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A pair of entrepreneurs say they’re helping Israel shed its negative image with their calendar of sultry, scantily clad female Israeli soldiers.

Out of uniform: New calendar features Israeli soldiers, appealing to readers’ nonmilitary leanings. Courtesy of MTKL

Met Council Probe Not Over Yet: AG

10/28/2014 - 20:00
Managing Editor
The scandal involving the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which provided a stunning example of charities fraud and toppled one of the Jewish communal world’s most respected figures, might not be over, The Jewish Week has learned.
Eric Schneiderman: Probe could be broadening. Getty Images

Jeremiah Lockwood’s ‘Blueish’ Education

10/21/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For the time being, New York native guitar wizard Jeremiah Lockwood is a resident of Palo Alto, Calif. Make that “reluctant resident.”

Elijah Staley (aka Carolina Slim), left, mentored the young Jeremiah Lockwood (right) in the art of the Piedmont blues.

Serving Up ‘Conflict,’ With Palestinian Fare

10/21/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Jon Rubin, a Jewish restaurateur from Pittsburgh, has a special taste for conflict.

His four-year-old eatery, Conflict Kitchen, has a rotating menu featuring foods from countries currently or previously in conflict with the United States. In the past, he’s featured delicacies from Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela. The menu at his food stand these days: Palestinian takeout.

Jewish owner John Rubin founded Conflict Kitchen, where politics spices up the menu.  Courtesy of Conflict Kitchen
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