“We are totally blown away by the turnout,” said Scott Smith, corporate chair of the UJA-Federation of New York’s twenty-first annual Summerfest, at Westbury’s NYCB Theatre on August 10. “Tonight we have [a record] 1,400 people in the house!” The crowd was treated to an astonishing pre-concert diet-defying buffet before being entertained by rock ’n roll artist Meat Loaf. Chaired by Rachel and Frank Zuckerbrot, who head UJA’s New Leadership Campaign, the event raised $1.6 million for UJA-Federation.
Jews in Washington D.C. and Richmond, Va., evacuated shuls and community centers. There were no reports of injuries. Luckily, one bris did not start until later in the day.12
David Weprin seemed like a safe choice to fill the seat of scandal-tarred Rep. Anthony Weiner. Now, he’s locked in what could be a close race with support for Israel a key issue.
Every rabbi wants a snappy sermon for the High Holy Days. And who knows drama better than the scriptwriters who keep you glued to ‘Mad Men’ or ‘The Simpsons’?7
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