Bieber Knocks ‘Em Dead in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv became Teen Aviv last night, as most of the adult population took cover and girls from across the country headed for Yarkon Park to see Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber.

House Newcomer Defies GOP Leaders on Israel, From the Right

For those who know him, it was no surprise when freshman Rep. Michael Grimm broke ranks with his party and became the first House Republican to call for the release of Jonathan Pollard.

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Kvelling in the Aisles at Folksbiene: Tilson Thomas Thomashevsky Theatre Gala

Before the over-the-top theatrical saga of Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky was showcased at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, there was noshing and shmoozing at the April 6 reception for the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene gala held on the Promenade, at which Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony, and Folksbiene boosters David and Sylvia Steiner were honored. Folksbiene board chairman Jeffrey Wiesenfeld introduced Joseph Benincasa, president and CEO of The Actors Fund. “I was an altar boy… the Jesuits insisted that I attend ‘Fiddler on the Roof… the ‘roof’ is a metaphor for survivorship.

At BYU Seder, Mormons Dip, Eat, Sing Their Own ‘Dayenu’

Passover Seders are a longstanding tradition at Brigham Young University, a Mormon institution in Provo Utah. But attendees will have to do without the four glasses of wine.

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JVP, Harsh Critic Of Israel, Seeks a Seat at the Communal Table

On a recent Wednesday night in New York City, Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that critics label anti-Israel, made the case for her group’s main protest tactic: a targeted campaign of boycott, divestment and sanction — or BDS, as it has become known — against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

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