Arts & Culture

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June is upon us and with it, wedding preparations are in full swing: last minute fittings; anxious consultations with the clergy or other officiants; continual emendations to the seating chart; and, perhaps most significantly, a seemingly endless stream of conversations with the caterer — arguably the person of the hour.When it comesRead More

The Bride, the Groom, the Rabbi...

An Excerpt From ‘Clearing the Aisle, by Karen Schwartz (Downtown Press)* * *Any lingering doubts I may have had about the Gershons’ rabbi had started to fade when he’d suggested we meet over lunch at Barney Greengrass. “I can’t be in New York and not eat there,” he said, “so this way, I’ll kill two birdsRead More

Is This Too Much To Expect?

By David Curzon

Zechariah 3:1-4, in the Haftarah to this week’s portion, reads: And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said unto Satan: “… is not this man a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was clothed in filthy garments, and stood before theRead 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

Karaoke Without the Culpability

By Jordana Horn

The best trends always come around again: Leg warmers grace the pages of Vogue, shag carpets line the floors of hipster apartments and — finally — shira betzibur is cool once more.Shira betzibur, which translates as “singing in public,” is an Israeli communal activity of passing out songsheets and singing Israeli songs together, usually toRead More

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