jewelry they can buy or borrow. To the groom, his finance’s deliberations over which necklace or headpiece to wear can feel like an obsession.
While many Israeli women, especially if they are very religious, continue to choose traditional strands of pearls or a diamond pendant with matching earrings for their wedding day, an increasing number of Israeli brides are going the less-traditional route.
When my niece Simone turned 4, I instinctively knew what she would treasure: a set of miniature-sized nail polish in brilliant hues of red and pink. She smiled at those tiny bottles all evening; even with the lids closed, lined up like dolls on our coffee table, they delivered endless amusement.
At certain times of the day, the stretch of Lexington Avenue from 26th to 30th streets is fragrant with the aroma of cardamom, cloves, cumin, ginger and the other spices that fire up Indian cuisine. Taxis park all along the side streets, as their drivers take their breaks in the Indian restaurants, fast-food places, sari and spice shops that dominate the neighborhood known alternatively as Curry Hill and Little India. Diners include couples, colleagues and families, with men in turbans as well as kippot, as several of the restaurants are under rabbinic supervision.
It’s not surprising that a committee at UJA-Federation of New York is now in the process of reviewing grant proposals, looking at agency budgets and visiting those same agencies. It’s the sort of work that typifies the allocation of money by any large charity, be it federation or another organization.
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The other day, after an especially grueling week on call, I read something about a traditional healer somewhere in Africa who was chronically cranky and sick because her healing technique involved taking on so much of her patients’ ailments.
I had never met that lady, but I knew just how she felt, because I too felt like I had just given birth to seven babies, undergone three C-sections and was barely recovered from a life-threatening post-partum hemorrhage.
It started as a joke. After a tap show in early 2008, Shelby Kaufman and some other dancers were out celebrating. When they counted the number of Jewish tappers among their ranks, they started referring to themselves as “choofers” a play on “hoofer,” a common term for the style of dance Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers made famous, and more contemporary icons like Gregory Hines and Savion Glover carried into subsequent generations.