For Jewish Democrats vying to make 2010 the year in which they ascend to the national level, these midterm elections pose a special challenge.
If you’re trying to defend the Jewish deli to a roomful of locavores and food activists, it’s good to have Michael Pollan on your side.7
For decades after its Jews were rounded up and deported in 1944, Etz Hayyim in Hania, the only synagogue on this Aegean island, served as an informal rubbish dump. Little was left but the floor and walls when Nikos Stavroulakis began a long process of reclamation and reconstruction. Stavroulakis, founder of the Jewish Museum of Greece, located in Athens, had decided to return to Crete; once there, he felt the 14th-century synagogue “calling out to him.” Thanks to his tireless fundraising, adept bureaucratic negotiations and superbly restrained aesthetics, Etz Hayyim was rededicated in 1999, an island of Ottoman authenticity in the vast, generic sea of the Greek tourism industry.
The Forward’s list of 10 up-and-coming Jewish political hopefuls was compiled based on conversations with Republican and Democratic Jewish political activists. The list represents Jewish politicians who are either making their first steps on the national scene or are viewed as possible future leaders.
You won’t find Congregation Me’Ever Lechomos in a directory of Toronto’s Orthodox synagogues. That’s because the name’s an alias for downtown’s Theatre Passe Muraille, now convincingly dressed up as a synagogue for its latest production.
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