"The Hangover" for the older generation, says Joan Schwartz of the new movie starring senior citizen actors Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Robert de Niro. How many bagels will it earn?
How do you being innovative Jewish projects to the forefront? Aaron Herman spoke with Seth Cohen of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation about their new micro grant project Make It Happen (http://makeithappen.schusterman.org).
I must admit, I am fairly addicted to technology and gadgets. I grew up loving video games (Pong and Atari 2600 started it all for me) and still have four different console systems at home. I tend to be an early adopter of new devices, and can seldom be found without my iPhone or iPad close by. Yet, even when I admit this to myself, there is still a little judgmental voice inside that believes that smart phones, tablets, computers and games disrupt society and distance us, especially in a Jewish context. Luckily, a number of recent experiences have proven that technology actually helps to connect us and to improve our Jewish lives.
My family knows well that the Rob Reiner/Aaron Sorkin film “The American President” is one of my all-time favorites. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve watched it, and during particularly difficult times in this country, notably after the events of 9/11, it served as a source of comfort.
As he would later do so magnificently in “The West Wing,” Sorkin painted a picture of politicians and government who were able to transcend the innumerable temptations to compromise principles for expediency, and actually even reach greatness.
Gabriela Geselowitz interviews Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor -- authors of the tome "Superheroes: Capes, Cowls and the Creation of Comic Book Culture" -- about the Jewish roots of the comic industry and its masterminds.
Susan Nussbaum, a playwright and novelist confined to a wheelchair for decades, says she doesn’t really think about her disability. Her faith, she told a standing-room-only audience of some 300 people at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on the Upper West Side Monday night, comes from resilience and from “people capable of tremendous love and flexibility and creativity — for me that’s enough.”
Comedienne Rachel Dratch dishes on dating disasters and an accidental pregnancy.
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From her days as Boston Teen Denise “Zazu” McDonough to her recurring appearance as Debbie Downer on “Saturday Night Live” from 1999 until 2006, Rachel Dratch has amused millions. In 2012, after becoming pregnant by accident at nearly 44, she penned an autobiographical book, “Girl Walks into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle” (Gotham), about her journey from singlehood to motherhood and partnership with her baby’s father, John Wahl.
How do you create a social environment for children with special needs. Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Yehudis Silverman from the Friendship Circle about their unique social inclusion program on the Upper East Side.