Short Takes

Lipstadt’s Ward Churchill Moment

Staff Writer
Deborah Lipstadt watched the television coverage the other day of Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado scholar under fire for calling the 9-11 victims “little Eichmanns,” and something seemed familiar. Churchill had compared Lipstadt, the Emory University professor of Jewish and Holocaust studies who won a 2002 libel suit brought by a British Holocaust denier, to Eichmann, an architect of the Final Solution.

QB Gets His Hall Pass

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More than 70 years ago, a young quarterback named Benny Friedman was dubbed “the greatest football player in the world” by the renowned Daily News sportswriter Paul Gallico. Last week the Pro Football Hall of Fame certified that Friedman, who played for the New York Giants and three other NFL teams, ranks among the sport’s greats. On the eve of the Super Bowl, the hall announced that Friedman was among four 2005 inductees.

Back To Budapest

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On a family vacation in Israel last year, the Silbermans of Bayside started discussing the forthcoming bat mitzvahs of twins Naomi and Giselle. They didn’t want a ceremony, a typical gaudy American-style ceremony, back in Queens. They ruled out Israel. Too traditional. Caryn Silberman, the girls’ mother, suggested Budapest — and the decision may have marked a first in post-Communist Budapest. Caryn, an attorney, and her husband George, a retired social worker, have roots in Hungary. The Silbermans had visited Budapest a few years earlier.

Out Of The Ashes

Staff Writer
Some l’chaims. A few speeches. A little dancing. The ceremony for the opening of an afternoon drop-in center for Russian Jews yesterday at the Young Israel of Brighton Beach seemed ordinary. Only one thing was extraordinary. Chamah, the independent cultural and educational organization that is sponsoring the new Russian Club, suffered a fire that destroyed its international headquarters in Lower Manhattan barely two months ago.

Quick, Do Your Verse!

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In Jewish tradition, Passover is known as the time of freedom. In some Jewish circles this year, it will be the holiday of free verse. Two prominent Jewish poets will compose original works, on a Pesach theme, on the Internet, on deadline, as part of, a Web site that describes itself as “a cutting contest, a linguistic jam session, a series of on-the-fly compositions.”

Hoop Dreams, Sabra Style

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Basketball, an urban game, was known as a Jewish game in its early decades, as scrappy Jewish athletes came out of the ghettos for places on professional rosters. It’s happening again — but the cities the players are coming from are Tel Aviv and Ranaana.

JCCs And The Gender Pay Gap

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If you go to your local Jewish community center, the employees you meet there are more involved in Jewish life and more likely to stay at their job than their counterparts in recent decades. But if the employee you meet is a woman, she probably earns a smaller salary than a man in a comparable position. Those are among the findings of “Centering on Professionals: The 2001 Study of JCC Personnel in North America,” a study of some 1,800 JCC staffers released this week by the Florence G. Heller-JCC Association Research Center.

Never Again: 2002

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On the day that Jews remember the victims of the Holocaust, a rally in Manhattan this week protested a contemporary strain of European anti-Semitism. On Yom HaShoah several dozen poster-carrying Jews, including Holocaust survivors and yeshiva students, marched in front of the French Consulate on the Upper East Side, prompted by a recent wave of attacks in France against members of the Jewish community and on Jewish buildings. The rally was led by the Coalition for Jewish Concerns-Amcha.

Across The Great Divide

Staff Writer
A mini-van with 18 high school students aboard will stop at the museum of Kibbutz Lohamei Haghetaot, north of Haifa, on Sunday afternoon. The students will spend four hours — viewing an exhibit, watching a film, taking part in a seminar — learning about the Jewish ghettoes established by the Nazis during World War II. The students all are Arab.

Colleges Intifada On The Green

Staff Writer
Call it Intifada III. Through student rallies and verbal attacks, the 18-month-old Arab uprising against Israel is spreading to college campuses across the United States. Anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda, which had faded at historically politicized universities after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has now assumed its former high profile since the Israeli army embarked on its campaign to root out West Bank terrorists.
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