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Irwin Corey, Wit And Leftist, Celebrates 100, Feels 99

08/07/2014
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Even as he entered his hundredth year, Irwin Corey remains an irreconcilable opponent of a Jewish state. Furthermore he doesn’t want you to call him a Jew. He says that’s “pejorative.” He prefers to be called a Hebrew. That sounds more respectful in certain leftist circles.

Rabbi Jill Hausman and Gilbert Gottfried have Irwin Corey’s left ear at the Actors Temple. Tim Boxer/JW

Down By The River

Fall’s opening of the Tobin performing arts center will add to San Antonio’s already fabled River Walk.

08/06/2014
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Dallas may be sophisticated and Houston a booming business hub, but San Antonio — America’s seventh-largest city — remains the historical heart of urban Texas. It’s the place where a proud Jewish heritage meets mariachi culture in a Mexican-spiced hybrid, and where even the newest attractions have a historical twist.

San Antonio’s La Villita Historic Arts Village is highlight of the city’s downtown River Walk. San Antonio Convention

Progress Seen In Iran Talks

Government advisor and scholar Robert Einhorn says Iran is cooperating because it truly wants sanctions lifted.

08/05/2014
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Robert Einhorn is a senior fellow with the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to Brookings in May 2013, he served as the State Department special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, playing a leading role in the formulation and execution of U.S. policy toward Iran’s nuclear program with respect to sanctions and negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries (the U.S., Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain).

Robert Einhorn: “Iran genuinely wants an agreement that will lift the sanctions against it.”

Biking For Worthy Causes

08/05/2014
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Last week was a busy week for the People of the Bike. Two groups of Jewish New Yorkers held long-distance bike rides for their respective causes.

Courtesy of Chai Lifeline

The Fault In Our Dating Stars

Can anything tender survive on Tinder?

08/05/2014
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In this summer’s hit film, “The Fault in Our Stars,” two cancer-stricken adolescents meet in a support group and fall deeply in love. The boy, Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort, is 18, and the girl, Hazel Grace Lancaster, played by Shailene Woodley, is 16. Because Hazel is dying, their time is short. After leaving the film, it occurred to me that the type of relationship these characters share is the opposite of what many singles, Jewish and otherwise, experience in big city dating.

Heather Robinson

‘The Enemy Has A Face’

08/05/2014
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As I write this, it is hours before Tisha b’Av, the day of Jewish mourning when we read the haunting words of Lamentations, of how Jerusalem “weepeth sore in the night.”

Elicia Brown

How David Met Ronit

'Meet your spouse at Hillel House,' even if you're in your late thirties.

08/04/2014
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“Meet your spouse at Hillel House” – was the chant of student leaders at the St. Louis Hillel, according to the late Rabbi James Diamond, the respected executive director of Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) from 1972 until 1995.  Rabbi Diamond wrote:  “I always regarded matchmaking among the items on Hillel’s hidden agenda. What better way to promote the Jewish future? Marriages are made in heaven, but Hillel helps.”

David and Ronit. Kevin Dern

New UJA-Fed. Exec Feeling Israelis’ Pain

07/29/2014
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Eric Goldstein, who became CEO of UJA-Federation of New York on July 1, flew to Israel Saturday night with 20 other New Yorkers on the organization’s first solidarity mission since the start of Israel’s war with Hamas. Goldstein, 54, who had been a leading partner at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, has a long record of Jewish communal service. Most recently he served as UJA-Federation’s vice chair, president of the Beth Din of America, and as a board member of the Ramaz School. He spoke by phone Tuesday from the southern Israeli city of Beersheva.

Eric Goldstein: “Israelis are not callous; they mourn the innocent loss of life on both sides.”

Israel’s War-torn Three Weeks

07/29/2014
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For traditional Jews, the Three Weeks are the darkest period on the Hebrew calendar. The period, which starts on the 17th day of Tammuz and ends on the ninth day of Av (Tisha b’Av, next Tuesday) when both Holy Temples in ancient Jerusalem fell, to the Babylonians and Romans, respectively.

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Bohemia On The Prairie

07/29/2014
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Few New Jersey commuters think of Interstate 80 as the conduit to grand adventure. And for those who do contemplate the transcontinental journey on I-80 — its western terminus is San Francisco — the long Midwestern slog through days of corn fields may seem less exciting than the southerly route through deserts and canyons.

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library lies on the banks of the Cedar River across Lion’s Bridge.  Cedar Rapids Conven
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