Short Takes

Kosher Deli Role At NFL Games

08/14/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Just what Wall Street trader Jonathan Katz always wanted: a slice of the action. Katz, who deals with hedge funds on weekdays, will handle pastrami and turkey on weekends this NFL season as a partner in Kosher Sports Inc., which will operate a pair of kosher food carts in Giants Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J., during Giants and Jets game. The teams' home season starts Sunday, Sept. 7, with the Giants hosting the St. Louis Rams.

Queens Man Loses Citizenship For Hiding Wartime Role

08/07/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A Brooklyn federal judge last week revoked the citizenship of a 79-year-old Queens resident whom the U.S. government accused of concealing his training as an SS guard during World War II, but Jakiw Palij may remain in this country for several years if he initiates what usually is a lengthy appeals process.

Campaign Of Kindness

08/07/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Somewhere in the United States, a man found himself behind an elderly woman in the checkout line at a supermarket the other day. As she counted out her money, she discovered she didn't have enough for one remaining item in her hand. Put it on my bill, the man whispered to the cashier. The old lady, a little confused by the transaction, went home with the item: a box of Shabbat candles. The man had done his clandestine act of kindness, indirectly, because of Shoshana Greenbaum.

A Messenger For Portugal's Hidden Jews

07/24/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Fernando Manuel da Costa will speak for a few minutes tonight at the Ashkenazic synagogue in Lisbon. That's not unusual for the 32-year-old native of the Portuguese capital; he's been attending Shabbat services there for nearly two decades. Now da Costa wants to tell other Portuguese with suspect Jewish roots how they can return to the fold.

Summering In South America

07/17/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Jennifer Mesrie had planned to study drama this summer. Michal Benzaquen was going to earn some money as a lifeguard. Shaanan Meyerstein "was definitely going to travel somewhere." All three are traveling to South America this month: as Jewish community volunteers, not tourists.

Mussar On The Upper West Side

06/12/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
About 100 Jews will practice meditation and recite confidence-building affirmations, often-criticized staples of the New Age movement, on the Upper West Side next week. And it will all be under reliable Jewish supervision. A conference at the JCC in Manhattan on June 22 will incorporate a wide variety of spiritual practices when it introduces mussar, a popular component of Orthodox thought, to a largely non-Orthodox audience.

Counting On The Faith

06/05/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi David Forman got some bad news from his publisher the other day: his latest book is selling well. Which makes "50 Ways to be Jewish" a failure, if you believe the rabbi's words. The book, produced by Gefen Publishing House in Jerusalem, is a personal, eclectic, traditional but innovative guide to Judaism for those who don't know the hows and the whys.

New Broth

05/15/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A middle-aged woman walked into J. Levine Judaica, a Midtown bookstore, one recent afternoon, looking for an inspirational gift for a friend with cancer. Owner Danny Levine pointed her to the self-help section. The customer chose one of the "Small Miracles" books, with many Jewish stories, by Brooklyn authors Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal. The woman said someone profiled in one of the books reminded her of her friend. The woman, Levine says, spent "a good 15, 20 minutes" reading many stories in many books.

Israel Gala Postponed

05/15/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A gala concert in Washington marking Israel's 55th anniversary, which was to feature several prominent entertainers but apparently not the leaders of the American and Israeli governments, has been postponed. The Spirit of Israel Concert, sponsored by the newly formed Israel Forever Foundation, had been scheduled for Monday, May 19, in the capital's 21,000-seat MCI Center. It will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, the night before Chanukah starts.

Volunteering To Treat Victims

04/24/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Last year Dr. Daniel Branovan, a Russian-born physician who serves as director of residency training at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, treated, for free, a teenager injured in a terrorist bombing in Haifa. Last month he donated his medical services to another victim of terrorism. Now he is encouraging his colleagues to do the same thing.
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