Arts & Culture


A Bad Precedent

By Jeffrey Fiskin

Two men, Moses and Aaron, stand on a hill outside Kadesh in the Negev. Moses is bent with the weight of responsibility and knowledge. They look northward toward Canaan. Moses: I’m telling you, this time He’s really angry.Aaron: What else is new? About what this time?Moses: The spies.Aaron: He sent them.Moses: Not exactly.Aaron: Of course HeRead More


Notes on Camp

By Jay Michaelson

The buzzword in Jewish circles these days is “continuity”: What turns Jewish children into actively Jewish adults? Sociologists usually point to parents and schools as the two prime agents of socialization. And yet, in the Jewish community, these agents don’t seem to be doing their jobs. A report released last month by the National StudyRead More


The Stars Toast Elie Wiesel on His 75th

By Masha Leon

Tom Brokaw, master of ceremonies at the Anti-Defamation League’s 75th birthday celebration gala for Elie Wiesel, got the simkha off to a memorable start by declaring: “I’m your shabbes goy.” Among the more than 700 black-tie Wiesel fans were Lily Safra, Richard Ben-Veniste, Ted Koppel, Cynthia Ozick, Kati Marton, George Schwab, General…Read More


The Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards

On June 7, The National Foundation for Jewish Culture Presents the 15th annual Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards in the Arts. Here are the winners:PATRON OF THE ARTS: Daryl Roth A producer of five Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Roth’s current productions include “Anna in the Tropics” and “Caroline, or Change” the latter by Tony KushnerRead More


At YIVO, Honoring Those Who Champion Mameloshn

By Masha Leon

Lolle Boettcher of St. Louis and the Moriah School of Englewood, N.J., were honored with the Janusz Korczak Teaching Award at the May 13 dinner of the American Friends of The Ghetto Fighters’ Museum in Israel. Amy Miller, board president, touted the museum as “the world’s only memorial studying resistance.”Read More


Saving Private Grossman

By Robert Seelenfreund

Forward ForumWhen the film “Saving Private Ryan” came out a couple of years back, I thought that it might be a way to get my father-in-law to talk about his experience at Omaha Beach. So I asked him whether the opening scene in the movie, with its horrific portrayal of the first hours of D-Day, was accurate.“Yes,”Read More


‘Killer Coke’ Campaign Targets UJA Honoree on Colombia Rights

By Steven I. Weiss

Attendees at a United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York dinner next week will have to pass through a picket line on their way inside. The black-tie dinner, set to honor the president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company, Steven Heyer, has become the subject of a protest by the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, a group claimingRead More


Rabbinical Turf Fight in Lithuania Spills From Shul Onto Front Pages

By Steven I. Weiss

A months-long battle between two rabbis in Lithuania turned violent last week as the pair scuffled during the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot.As with most matters involving their feud, both Rabbi Sholom Krinsky and Rabbi Chaim Burshtein are claiming the high road and are unable to agree on the basic facts of the situation. Each rabbi blamed theRead More


Communal Bodies Split Over Federal Budget Talks

By Nathaniel Popper

Two closely linked Jewish representative bodies have staked out opposing stances on the federal budget resolution adopted last week by the House of Representatives, reflecting what observers say is a growing tension between the two arms of the federated Jewish philanthropic system.The two organizations are United Jewish Communities, a nationalRead More


U.S. Groups Warn Israel On Failure To Pull Out

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — American Jewish communal leaders are warning Prime Minister Sharon that a failure to implement his Gaza pullout plan could jeopardize Jerusalem’s relations with the Bush administration.Sharon and members of his Cabinet received this blunt assessment last week from media mogul and real estate magnate Mortimer Zuckerman, theRead More


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