Short Takes

A Realtor To The Rescue

07/27/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The Kaminer family of Kiryat Bialik, a Haifa suburb, needed a new place to live, temporarily, on short notice. A Katyusha missile fired by Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon exploded near their apartment two weeks ago. It was 20 yards away. “It was a miracle no one was injured,” says Chaim Kaminer, a 59-year-old businessman. His home wasn’t damaged, “thanks God,” but his family’s psyche was. “It’s driving you crazy to stay all day in the shelter.”

Standing Up For Pesach

04/15/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Passover or tennis? Passover or politics? Passover or crustaceans? Members of the Jewish community are this year facing — and in increasing numbers, protesting — the need to make such choices at Passover. Newspaper and Web sites around the country have reported a wide range of conflicts for Jews who wish to observe the holiday, which coincides with events scheduled in apparent disregard for the Jewish calendar. This year, the Jewish community is fighting back.

Double His Pleasure

07/13/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Andy Ram, a native of Uruguay, calls himself “a huge soccer fan.” But he was on an airplane during the World Cup final on Sunday, unable to watch Italy’s victory over France. “I had the best excuse,” he said — he had made history the previous night. Ram, 26, teamed with Vera Zvonareva of the Czech Republic to win the mixed doubles finals at Wimbledon, in England. His win marked the first by an Israeli in a tennis Grand Slam tournament.

Is Hall Of Fame In The Cards?

07/06/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A century after he was a standout major league baseball catcher, Johnny Kling has been bypassed by the national pastime. When the Veterans Committee of baseball’s Hall of Fame made its last choices for long-retired players, in 2001, Kling did not make the cut. When Jewish Major Leaguers issued its initial set of Jewish baseball cards in 2003, and an updated version earlier this year, Kling wasn’t there. Was it because Kling, who died at 71 in 1947, was too Jewish, or not Jewish enough? Gil Bogen says it’s both.

A Road That Divides A Nation

08/16/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In most countries, a new highway is just a stretch of asphalt. In Israel, a new highway is a source of national debate. Israel is building a unique four-lane highway through the West Bank, east of Jerusalem — two lanes are for Israelis, two for Palestinians. Separated by a tall wall of concrete that looks like Jerusalem stone, the nearly completed road will keep the nationalities separate from each other, allowing Palestinians to travel through Israeli-held land with few exits along the way.

Holding Up Jewish Tradition

07/05/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Somewhere, someone is holding a Torah scroll. Somewhere, a new parchment scroll is finding a new home. Somewhere, in other words, a Torah dedication ceremony is taking place. The participants, as in a religious neighborhood of Jerusalem, below, may wear black hats. Or, like Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Jesse Kopelman, right, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the Norfolk, Va., harbor, they may favor white caps.

More Green From Green

04/26/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Shawn Green has taken his place in the major leagues – of Jewish philanthropy. Last week the Mets right fielder announced he will donate $180 to UJA-Federation for every run he drives in. This week UJA-Federation asked more people to step up to the plate. The philanthropy unveiled its RBI Initiative, encouraging people of various means to pledge amounts of their choosing to the annual campaign for every Green RBI.

Marking Israel’s 59th

04/26/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In Israel, Independence Day is a cause for giving thanks: singing “ Hatikvah”; hanging the flag from apartment banisters and on automobile aerials. For bopping friends over the head with small toy hammers. Following Yom HaZikaron, Israelis celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Independence Day, as usual in a spirit of joy over the country’s accomplishments in its first 59 years with a twinge of apprehension over what future years will bring.

Shalom In The Homeland

03/22/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In the United States, he’s known colloquially as “The Jewish Dr. Phil.” In Israel, he’ll simply be Rav Boteach. Rav is Hebrew for “rabbi.” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, for two years the host of the “Shalom in the Home” reality-advice program on the TLC cable channel, is bringing his brand of low-key Jewish wisdom to the Jewish state. He arrived in Israel this week to start filming of an Israeli version of the program that will premiere on Channel 2 this spring.

Zayds Goes To Germany

03/15/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Visitors to a new Jewish museum, which opens Thursday in the heart of Munich, will be able to learn on four exhibition floors about Jewish life and culture in Germany’s Bavaria region. And at the entrance to the building they will learn a bit about a Jewish family from Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Ten original cartoons from “Everything’s Relative,” a decade-old comic strip that appears in this newspaper and a handful of other Jewish papers in the U.S., will be posted as silk screens on the walls at the front door.
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