Short Takes

Hollywood Pitches For UJC

09/17/2004
Staff Writer
A few Jews were hanging around Los Angeles’ City Hall, a can in their hands, asking for money the other day. You’ll soon be able to see their appeal on TV. Marlee Matlin, Jonathan Silverman and three other actors made their pitch as part of “Live Generously,” an advertising campaign coordinated by United Jewish Communities.

Emanu-El Broadcast Needs A New Home

10/09/2009
Staff Writer
The rabbis and cantors of Temple Emanu-El have for decades kept an eye on the clock on the bima near the end of Friday night worship services. Since 1940, WQXR Radio — and before that, WHN — carried a live broadcast from the sanctuary starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending exactly at 6 o’clock.

Telling Two Stories With One Voice

10/16/2009
Staff WriterS
Bill Tingling, founder of a Brooklyn-based literacy project that teaches public school students the fundamentals of journalism, was looking for a new way to discuss prejudice a few years ago. Have the students — mostly from the minority community — interview Holocaust survivors, suggested an Irish friend of Tingling.

Jewish Joy In Mudville

08/27/2004
Staff Writer
Soccer and basketball are Israel’s most popular sports, so what is U.S. Ambassador Dan Kurtzer going to discuss at an event called “A Celebration of Jews in Baseball” — alef-beisball? No, Kurtzer tells The Jewish Week, he plans to use baseball as a mirror on American culture.

Holy Days For The Unaffiliated

08/20/2004
Staff Writer
A Manhattan rabbi who is organizing, for the first time, High Holy Days worship services this year in her neighborhood, has a message for New York City’s active, identified, affiliated Jews: Stay where you are.

Eyes On The Prize

12/17/2004
Staff Writer
At 4 she became part of history as the patient in a medical experiment — the recipient of a then-rare cornea transplant. At 16, she made history again, because of a medical experiment she had conducted. Taylor Bernheim, a junior at Ramaz day school in Manhattan, last week was named winner of a $50,000 second prize in the annual Siemens Westinghouse science competition.

The Ark Of History

11/19/2004
Staff Writer
Every year for the past quarter-century, Rick Landman has held the same Torah scroll during the hakafot dancing on Simchat Torah at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in Greenwich Village. The sefer Torah belongs to him.

AMIA Bombing Remembered

03/29/2002
Staff Writer
Last Monday morning, as the digital clock atop the Itau bank building that towers over the tree-lined park across from the steps of the Supreme Court read 9:53, a few tears fell from a cloudy sky. A crowd of some 150 people, huddled around a man at the edge of the park in front of a microphone, fell silent. It was time for Memoria Activa.

Remembering ‘Every Soul’

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
Naftali Weisz went to Israel along with 400 Yeshiva University students on the Operation Torah Shield II in January, studying Torah as a form of solidarity with Israelis, attending seminars on how to act as “ambassadors” back home, meeting families of the Jews killed during the current Palestinian Arab uprising. How do we apply everything we learned there, Weisz and some fellow YU students asked themselves when they returned to the United States. Their answer is on page 34 of this week’s Jewish Week.

Vitebsk Returns To Manhattan

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
It’s not in Kansas anymore. Marc Chagall’s “Study for Over Vitebsk,” an 8-by-10-inch oil painting valued at $1 million that was stolen from The Jewish Museum last year, returned for a day to the East Side Jewish institution last week. It had turned up at a post office in Minnesota and was shipped to Topeka, where it was first identified. The painting was later authenticated by Bella Meyer (pictured), granddaughter of the late, Vitebsk-born artist.
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