April 1, 2005

Published April 01, 2005, issue of April 01, 2005.
  • Print
  • Share Share

100 YEARS AGO

• Sixteen-year-old Jacob Goldstein was sent upstate to New York’s Elmira Reformatory after he was convicted of kiting checks. Goldstein, who worked as a bookkeeper for the Hacker Luncheon Company, was able to keep the swindle a secret and managed to pilfer more than $5,000 from company accounts. In his defense, he told the judge that he took the money not to drink or gamble it away, but to invest it in good business opportunities. And invest he did: Goldstein bought chunks of prime real estate in Brownsville that are now worth far more than he paid for them. But he also managed to buy a $400 diamond ring for his mother and a $300 piano for his sister.

75 YEARS AGO

• When Molly Picon hit it big last year with “Yiddishe Blues” on the Broadway circuit, producers began to understand the value of hiring a Jewish star. This year, Broadway has hired none other than Yiddish Art Theater actor/director Maurice Schwartz to star in specially designed “Scenes From Shylock.” This will not be the first time that Schwartz, one of the Yiddish theater’s major talents, will be playing the role of Shylock. Seven years ago, he was invited to perform the role in a Shakespeare festival in London, which he did to critical acclaim. Having studied the role assiduously, Schwartz said that he hopes to bring a “new Shylock” to the stage, a Shylock different from those performed by such Yiddish greats as Rudolph Schildkraut and Jacob P. Adler.

• This week a Soviet court in Moscow sentenced 90 Jews, all of them in their 20s and younger, to internal exile in Siberia on the charge that they belonged to an illegal organization, the socialist Zionist Hashomer Hatsair. It was discovered that another 55 young Jews also belonged to Zionist organizations and were forced to sign documents saying they would not remain in Moscow and never again would join organizations such as Hechalutz or any other such Zionist groups, which are illegal in the Soviet Union.

50 YEARS AGO

• Bronx laundryman Mike Greenberg went up to the top of the 17th-floor Louis Morris Apartment Building on Grand Concourse and prepared to jump to his death. Sitting with his feet hanging over the edge, Greenberg would get up and threaten to jump every time someone would approach him to talk him down. When the police arrived, he told them that his business was bad and that no one except for one of his daughters wanted to help him. In addition to other family trouble, he was out of money and saw only one way out. One of the police officers, Meyer Rosenbaum, began to speak to Greenberg in Yiddish. While they were talking, another officer grabbed Greenberg off the ledge, thereby saving his life.






Find us on Facebook!
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
  • Getting ready for Seder? Chag Sameach! http://jd.fo/q3LO2
  • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
  • Aperitif Cocktail, Tequila Shot, Tom Collins or Vodka Soda — Which son do you relate to?
  • Elvis craved bacon on tour. Michael Jackson craved matzo ball soup. We've got the recipe.
  • This is the face of hatred.
  • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
  • BREAKING: Smirking killer singled out Jews for death in suburban Kansas City rampage. 3 die in bloody rampage at JCC and retirement home.
  • Real exodus? For Mimi Minsky, it's screaming kids and demanding hubby on way down to Miami, not matzo in the desert.
  • The real heroines of Passover prep aren't even Jewish. But the holiday couldn't happen without them.
  • Is Handel’s ‘Messiah’ an anti-Semitic screed?
  • Meet the Master of the Matzo Ball.
  • Pierre Dulaine wants to do in his hometown of Jaffa what he did for kids in Manhattan: teach them to dance.
  • "The first time I met Mick Jagger, I said, 'Those are the tackiest shoes I’ve ever seen.'” Jewish music journalist Lisa Robinson remembers the glory days of rock in her new book, "There Goes Gravity."
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.