Sara Trappler Spielman

Hasidic Art Show Takes Off in Crown Heights

Hasidim are often thought of in shades of black and white. An art show at a storefront space in the Lubavitch section of Brooklyn is challenging that notion.

Students at the Lamplighters Yeshivah in Crown Heights.
Kabbalistic Wisdom: A KabbalaToon explains that trimming a plant?s ?dead ends,? prevents it from wasting life.

A Wizard in the Classroom

With his foot up in bed after surgery for a broken ankle, Rabbi Avraham Kivelevitz, a teacher at SAR High School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, contemplated how to reach students taking his senior elective Kabbalah course. It was the start of the school year, and the plethora of English texts attempting to explain esoteric concepts wasn’t completely clicking for a group of 30 teenage boys and girls mostly intrigued with science fiction and magic.

‘Cutting Film’ Takes Top Prize

A documentary exploring circumcision won the prize for best New York documentary April 30 at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards Ceremony, held at the Union Square Ballroom.

MOVIE NIGHT: Actresses Judy Winegard (left) and Barbara Heller (right), with director Robin Garbose at the film?s premier in Los Angeles.

Screening in Protest

Director Robin Garbose is planning protest screenings of her film “A Light for Greytowers” at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Israel on December 13 and 15, coinciding with the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, which refused to screen the movie for women-only audiences.

Hasidic Rabbi by Day, Pop Artist by Night

Punctuating his dark suit, Yitzchok Moully wears a bright-pink yarmulke, orange socks and a green tie. Moully, a youth director at the Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge, N.J., wears both of his identities — Hasidic rabbi by day, painter by night — proudly.

CHICK FLICK: The new film is intended fro female-only audiences.

Girls’ Night Out in Hollywood

Imagine a Hollywood premiere with all the glitz: red carpet, beautiful cast, photographers’ flashing lights, exhilarating buzz. Now, picture that same event with just one difference — only women may attend.

Inspired by Henson — and Schneerson

Dovid Taub has two main inspirations: Jim Henson and the Lubavitcher rebbe. Through his ability to knit threads of holiness and ancient kabbalistic wisdom into the fabric of his puppetry, Taub has created a comedy sitcom to which fellow Hasidim return every week. The “Itche Kadoozy Show” features a Hasidic rabbi and his troublemaking young neighbor who poke lots of fun at each other and see the world through very different eyes, yet ultimately learn life’s mystical lessons from each other. Through these opposing characters, Taub brings a new dimension to his genre — secularism and sacredness mingled into one — leaving all types of fans begging for more.