Sara Trappler Spielman


Hasidic Art Show Takes Off in Crown Heights

By Sara Trappler Spielman

Hasidic Art Show Takes Off in Crown Heights
When people think of Hasidim, the image that comes to mind is often in black and white. An art show currently exhibiting local Hasidic artists’ work at a storefront space on Kingston Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidim in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is challenging that notion.Read More


Are GMO's Kosher?

By Sara Trappler Spielman

Are GMO's Kosher?
When the only kosher agency to certify organic food for the USDA announced last month that it will no longer grant kosher certification for products that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms), it had me wondering: What is the relationship between kosher food and health?Read More


Women Behind Creative School in Crown Heights

By Sara Trappler Spielman

Women Behind Creative School in Crown Heights
There’s a new Hasidic Montessori school for elementary boys in Crown Heights and creative women are behind the change.Read More


Friday Film: Women’s Only Screening in Jerusalem

By Sara Trappler Spielman

Director Robin Garbose and the Cast of ‘The Heart that Sings’ at the World Premiere at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on March 27, 2011. Read More


A Wizard in the Classroom

By Sara Trappler Spielman

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.Read More



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