A couple of weeks ago, a Passover rap video—all in Hebrew, and with beat-boxing—went viral. It featured two fairly typical looking American Jews dressed up as Pharaoh, Moses, and a sleuth of other biblical characters. Then there were scenes of a Jewish girl in an Israeli-flag bikini; the two main singers playing poker in a retirement community; and then them again, rapping on a beach lined with skyscrapers. I thought, Wait, I know that place: Florida.
All eyes were on Bibi Netanyahu yesterday as he delivered his AIPAC speech. At times he was disarming, at others bellicose, both emphasizing that Obama has Israel’s back, but that if need be, Israel would go it alone. “The purpose of the Jewish state is to secure the Jewish future,” he thundered. “That is why Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.”
Cornell partnership cements a reputation for high-tech research and development that’s been building for 100 years.
Jerusalem — When Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last month that the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, and Cornell University had won a bid to create a state-of-the-art technological campus on Roosevelt Island, it confirmed what Israelis already know: that the Technion, with its reputation for innovation and Nobel Prize-winning scientists, is as respected abroad as it is in Israel.
From speed dating to weddings, three New York Musical Theater Festival productions give a 21st-century Jewish spin on romance.
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From the rival lovers in “Oklahoma” to the interracial relationships in “South Pacific,” romance has always been a major theme of the Broadway musical. Now come three new productions in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) that give a 21st-century Jewish spin to themes of love and sex.
There was an interesting tidbit in The New York Times you might have missed last week: Patricia Cohen posted a small item about a research paper presented at this year's American Psychology Association convention. The researchers were from Yeshiva University and argued that the Sanhedrin--or, the judicial body that governened Jerusalem in ancient Israel--was surprisingly effective at combating "groupthink."
Our hearts go out to the members and leadership of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, the landmark synagogue on the Upper East Side that suffered serious fire damage this week.
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the venerable spiritual leader of the 140-year-old congregation, expressed gratitude that no one was injured in the four-alarm blaze and that, since the synagogue had been under renovation since May, no Torah scrolls were on site.
This summer’s high-profile interfaith under-the-chupah wedding will be New York’s First Legal Same-Sex Wedding, set to take place at the strike of midnight on July 24, when the new law goes into effect.
A four-alarm fire erupted at Congregation Kehillat Jerushun on the Upper East Side Monday night. Four firefighters were treated for minor injuries sustained while fighting the blaze, which drew some 170 responders, including medical technicians.
WNBC News reported that the Torahs had been previously removed from the 110-year-old building on East 85th Street due to construction. Services are being held at a building across the street. The blaze, which started on an upper floor, was brought under control around 10 p.m.
Upper West Side residents are mourning the loss of H&H bagels, which closed this week after almost four decades serving up the classic Jewish food. But one New York bagel lover is not taking the news lying down.