Miriam Halberstam


An ESPN Nicknamer’s Night Out With the Boys

By Miriam Halberstam

On a stormy Texas evening earlier this month, almost 900 men turned out to catch ESPN’S Chris Berman at Houston’s fourth annual Men’s Nite Out.The popular event, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, gives the beleaguered sex an opportunity to leave the dishes behind, see old friends and indulge in passionate sports talk. AndRead More


Down to Earth Actress Charms Houston

By Miriam Halberstam

When actress Camryn Manheim, clad in a gray pinstripe pantsuit, strode onto the stage last week at a luncheon sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the 900 or so women who turned out for the event had little idea what to expect.Most knew she was an actress. Many remembered her role as the unabashedly zaftig Ellenor FruttRead More


Throng Thrills to ‘Seinfeld’ Star’s ‘Fairy’ Tale

By Miriam Halberstam

Strollers and sippy cups are not what one usually associates with the self-obsessed George Costanza of “Seinfeld.” This is, after all, the guy who, in one episode, knocked a roomful of birthday-partying children out of his way to escape a blaze. Costanza portrayer Jason Alexander,Read More






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    • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
    • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
    • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
    • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
    • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
    • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
    • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
    • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
    • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
    • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
    • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
    • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
    • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
    • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
    • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
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