Israeli-born hip-hop break dancer Ephrat Asherie has heads spinning (her own included).
Near the start of the dance performance piece “Brothers,” break dancer and choreographer Ephrat Asherie turns and faces the audience dressed like a boy. Her long brown hair is covered by a black bandana and she wears a plain red sleeveless sweatshirt. Her baggy jeans are ripped open, thigh down to shin, which exposes her black kneepads, a basic piece of equipment for any b-girl.
Completing the gender-bending look are her arms, which are so chiseled they would make Madonna envious.
BATTERY PARK Wednesday, July 10
“What’s Up, Doc?,” 6:30 p.m., film screening, in the Barbra Streisand film series, free, Museum of Jewish Heritage- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, (646) 437-4202, mjhnyc.org.
REGO PARK Sunday, July 21
“Operation Thunderbolt,” 2:30 p.m., screening of film about Operation Entebbe, with refreshments, $5, Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., (718) 459-1000, rpjc.org.
DOBBS FERRY Friday, July 12
Open house, 7 to 9 p.m., with refreshments, meet the clergy and learn about educational and childhood programs, Greenburgh Hebrew, 515 Broadway, (914) 693-4260, g-h-c.org.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s son, an ardent critic of post-9/11 government tactics, will speak at Central Queens Y.
He was only 6 years old when his parents — Ethel and Julius Rosenberg — were executed in 1953 by the United States government, after being accused of passing atomic secrets to the Russians.
“I was 3 when they were arrested and 6 when they were executed, and I don’t remember any of that sort of thing,” said Robert Meeropol, who took the last name of his adoptive parents.
But that hasn’t stopped him from dedicating his life to helping other children in similar positions, by starting the Rosenberg Fund for Children in 1990.
Katrin Yaghoubi wanted to find a synagogue with gemutlichkeit. That’s German for coziness. And it had to have eshtemah. That’s Farsi for community.And a rabbi whose services kept her interest. That’s English for not boring.
It took her almost eight years.An Iranian Jew born in Germany, Yaghoubi now lives in Manhattan but her shul is in Great Neck, home to her mother, one of her three siblings and thousands of other Iranian Jews.
The Schneider family of Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester is running out of shelf space. The bookcase in their living room is packed with the chess books, in Russian, that Dimitri brought from his native Riga, and the ones in English he bought after the family immigrated to the United States eight years ago.There are the chess sets that Dimitri likes to buy. And the trophies he keeps winning.Dimitri, 14, is the top-ranked player in the country in the U.S.
Abraham Gordon, a good Jew from Poland, has a favorite Christmas tradition. Each year on Dec. 25 he tells the story of the cast iron stove. It’s a tale with a happy ending — about the family that saved Gordon and his family from the Nazis.On Christmas Eve, 1943, the youngest son in the Ziemczonek family — Catholics who lived on a farm in the part of Poland that became Byelorussia in 1939 — carried the heavy stove to the cave in the forest where the Gordons were hiding.