Breaking Out

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.

“B-girl” Ephrat Asherie, performing a break dance move known as an air chair freeze, grew up in Westchester County.

Community Events in Manhattan



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,

Community Events in Brooklyn and Queens



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,


Community Events in Westchester


Open House
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,

Community Events in Long Island



Thursday, July 11
“Cavalcade of Jewish Music,” 2 to 3:30 p.m., with Cantor Merlis, $10, Friedberg JCC, 15 Neil Court, (516) 766-4341,

Blood Drive
Wednesday, July 10
“Men’s Club Blood Drive,” 3 to 9 p.m., Manetto Hill Jewish Center, 244 Manetto Hill Road, (516) 935-5454,

Helping Other Activists' Children

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s son, an ardent critic of post-9/11 government tactics, will speak at Central Queens Y.
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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.

Robert Meeropol: Echoes of the McCarthy era.

Under One Tent

Staff Writer
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.  

Thumping His Chess

Staff Writer
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.

A Warm Reunion

Staff Writer
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.

No Longer The ‘Nazis’

Staff Writer
Eleven days in Germany provided an education for teachers who teach about the Holocaust. The group of 28 educators from Westchester and Rockland counties visited schools and memorials recently to observe how the genocide of World War II is taught in the land where it began.It was a trip marked by changes.Some of the teachers said their view of Germany — and of contemporary Germans — was changed by meetings with teachers and students.
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