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Second Renaissance Taking Hold

02/18/2014
Travel Writer
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It may be the heart of the beleaguered Rust Belt, but don’t underestimate Cleveland. A recent visit to Ohio’s Jewish and cultural capital revealed a downtown in its second renaissance of recent decades, with enough urban energy to warrant exploration even during these freezing months.

Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Amy Larson

A Leap Of Musical Faith

Beloved singer-songwriter David Broza recorded his new CD at a studio in Jerusalem's only refugee camp.

02/18/2014
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The latest project from the acclaimed Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza involves a leap of faith, both culturally and politically. For his new CD, “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem,” Broza, 58, crossed over into the Arab part of the city to record at a studio in east Jerusalem’s only refugee camp. He recorded the ambitious session with both Israeli and Palestinian musicians (including Israeli-Arab singer Mira Awad and the Palestinian hip-hop duo G-Town), along with alt-country rocker Steve Earle and Wyclef Jean. The CD, Broza’s attempt to bridge cultures, also includes the Jerusalem Youth Choir, a group comprised of Israeli and Palestinian teens.

David Broza: Breaking musical, cultural boundaries. Michael Datikash/JW

Operation Human Warmth

Video blogger Aaron Herman takes a look at Operation Human Warmth, an operation led by Dror-Israel movement, The General Federation of  Students, Young Workers (hanoar halved vehalomed) and Israeli Flying Aid that collects winter supplies for those displaced by the civil war in Syria.

The London Jewish Community: Just Fine, Thank You!

02/14/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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I left London this past Tuesday morning after a long weekend and wonderful Shabbat there, and landed in Madrid this afternoon, preparing to meet up with the Conference of Presidents mission here.  If anyone asks you what London and Madrid have in common besides both being in Europe, the answer is that, right at this moment, they're both cold and wet! 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Tim Boxer On Sid Caesar

02/14/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Sid Caesar, the pioneer of television sketch comedy who died on Feb. 12 at home in Beverly Hills, grew up in a Yiddish speaking home in Yonkers. He lived above the family diner, the St. Clair Buffet, that catered to the European immigrant workers from a nearby hat factory. His Russian-born mother Ida held forth at the cash register; his three older brothers also helped out.

Alan King, right, honors Sid Caesar on his Jewish humor in 2000.  Tim Boxer

When Things Finally Click

Online dating can be rough on intimacy, but for two couples real chemistry prevailed.

02/11/2014
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I’ve spent the last few columns pointing out the downside of online dating. Now, in honor of Valentine’s Day, a couple of stories about clicking (excuse the pun) via the computer.

Heather Robinson

Telling Immigrants’ Tales, The Old And The New

Born in Kazakhstan, Morris J. Vogel knows firsthand the immigrant experience conveyed in the expanded Tenement Museum.

02/11/2014
Culture Editor
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Morris J. Vogel, a social historian, has been president of the Tenement Museum on Manhattan’s Lower East Side since 2008. A first-generation American, like many of the people whose stories are told in the museum’s exhibitions, he was born in Kazakhstan; his parents escaped there during World War II to avoid the Nazis. After living in a displaced persons camp in Poland, the family moved to the United States in 1949.

Morris Vogel: Will lead expansion of Tenement Museum. Courtesy of Tenement Museum

Outside The Box

02/11/2014
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On my bat mitzvah morning, a September Sunday some 30 years ago, I recall feeling an intense need to suppress a fit of giggles. Not only were my ordinarily garrulous relatives gazing up at me in respectful silence; a few men seemed to be outfitted as aliens for a costume party rather than attired for a bat mitzvah ceremony.

Elicia Brown

Jewish Diversity And Warm Breezes

02/11/2014
Travel Writer
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It’s safe to say that 20 years ago, your odds of seeing a band of mariachis playing klezmer-style Chanukah music in a Mexican resort were slim to none.

The rocks off Los Cabos. Courtesy of Los Cabos Tourism

Athletes In Sochi Honor Memory Of Munich 11

02/11/2014
Staff Writer
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Since the murder of 11 Israeli Olympians by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, the Jewish communities in most Olympic host cities have hosted a memorial ceremony in the victims’ memory.

Via Chabad.org
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