Rick Harrison

Study Finds Nationwide Increase in Antisemitic Incidents

A wave of antisemitic incidents is raising alarm in the country’s second- and third-largest Jewish communities.Several synagogues in Los Angeles have received almost identical hate mail in recent weeks that has arrived in large manila envelopes addressed to “Jew child molesters” and “Jew murderers.” Hate-filled handwritten messages

Where the Torah Meets the Torus

While watching a science fiction program alone in his Newton, Mass., apartment in 1968, Stan Tenen saw a strange code flash across the screen, prompting him to consult the opening passage of Genesis — in the original Hebrew. “This was a strange urge,” he admits in one of his instructional videos, “because I didn’t know Hebrew.”

These Kids Can Jump: Boychik Team Wins Illinois Title

The hardiest stereotype in basketball is that “white men can’t jump.”If this view needed disproving, a boy’s high school team with an all-Jewish starting five has won the Class AA Illinois state title. The victory, several observers said, hearkens back to a pre-World War II era, when Jewish players dominated the game at all

Keeping Songs Alive — With Karaoke

Mention karaoke, and most people think about tacky bars where alcohol-impaired customers mumble forgettable renditions of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” or maybe something more contemporary from the songbook of Britney Spears. But a father and son in California are following the bouncing ball online with a more sober

YIVO Opens Internet Portal to the Past

Ever wonder what it was like to walk down Lubartovska Street in the Polish city of Lublin in 1937? Or what a Jewish self-defense group in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa looked like in 1918? Or how a kindergarten music class in a Lithuanian Jewish school sounded 70 years ago? A new curriculum targeted at secondary school and college students —

Ali G’s Jokes Aside, Report Lauds Kazakhstan

When Jewish organizations lobbied for a law requiring the U.S. Department of State to issue an annual report on antisemitism around the globe, they probably weren’t looking to do a favor for Kazakhstan.The Central Asian country is a frequent target of “Da Ali G Show,” the HBO program in which British Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen

Students Chop Cemetery’s Pine Trees

Santa Claus might not have to check his list twice to judge the naughtiness of five college students in Michigan who hopped the fence of a Jewish cemetery on December 6. According to police, the students cut down a pair of pine trees to decorate their dormitory.Four 18-year-old boys and one 19-year-old girl, all from the University

Florida Woman Wanted After Abduction Threat

A woman from Boca Raton, Fla., who in recent years has placed ads in the Forward imploring readers to pressure courts to return custody of her two children to her, is wanted by the police for nonpayment of child support and for improper contact after placing ads in a local newspaper seeking others to help her kidnap the kids.Police

Rabbi, Interfaith Leader Solomon Bernards, 90

Rabbi Solomon Bernards, director of interreligious cooperation at the Anti-Defamation League for 22 years, died on the morning of November 9 near his home in Rockport, Md., of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 90 years old.A progressive bridge-builder between faiths, genders and races, Bernards’s tenure at the ADL was focused in

Labor, Civil Rights Organizer Harry Fleischman, 90

Harry Fleischman, a leader of Eugene V. Debs’s Socialist Party USA, and a life-long agitator for civil rights and social justice, died of cancer at his son Peter’s home in Manhattan on November 1. He was 90 years old.Born in the Bronx on October 3, 1914, Fleischman became involved with the party as a teenager, eventually organizing