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Hundreds Toast Bronfman at Hillel Tribute

By Masha Leon

The extended Bronfman family clan was among more than 600 guests at The Pierre Hotel for the April 6 Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life tribute to Edgar M. Bronfman, whose many “hats” include president of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, former president and CEO of the Seagram Company Ltd., father of seven and grandfatherRead More

DER YIDDISH-VINKL April 29, 2005

Once again Al Grand returns to Der Vinkl with another of his Yiddish translations of the works of the Savoyards (Gilbert and Sullivan). Grand has been not only a translator, but also an actor who has performed in his own creations. Indeed his life has been so involved with the Savoyards that his e-mail address is followsRead More

Unleavened Dread: Setting the Seder Table’s Empty Places

By Marjorie Ingall

I could measure my halting, lurching progress toward adulthood through Seders.Three years ago, we were at my parents’ house in Providence, R.I. Tiny Josie dozed on my lap. My dad and my mom each ran one Seder — my dad’s traditional, my mom’s egalitarian — and jockeyed good-naturedly over whose was better.Two years ago, my parentsRead More

Remembering a Legend, YIVO Marks Milestone

By Masha Leon

The preservation and continuity of Yiddish culture were the drumbeats at the April 5 benefit celebrating the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research’s 80 years of survival and growth and the concurrent opening of its exhibition “A Brief Encounter with Archives.” Among those helping to celebrate this Center for Jewish History fete were: YIVORead More

Afikomen Costumes

If any part of the Seder needs an upgrade, it’s the afikomen hunt. So much fuss over a broken cracker wrapped in a wine-stained napkin — really, people, we can do better. This year, give your afikomen the snazzy outfit it deserves with these fabulous afikomen costumes. Choose straightforward camouflage or a more elaborate disguise.Read More

DER YIDDISH-VINKL April 22, 2005

On his 85th yahrzeit, Sh. Anski was featured in the Pearls of Yiddish Poetry columns of the Yiddish Forward. Sh. Anski was the nom de plume that the composer derived from his mother; his given name was Rapoport. Sh. Anski’s most memorable work was the classic “Der Dibek,” (“The Dybbuk”). He wrote two popular songs dedicatedRead More

Yeshiva Hosts Rabbi’s 75th Birthday Bash

By Masha Leon

Yeshiva University’s March 20 tribute to 75th birthday celebrant Rabbi Arthur Schneier — spiritual leader of Park East Synagogue, president of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and originator of Y.U.’s newly dedicated Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs — may haveRead More

DER YIDDISH-VINKL April 15, 2005

Stanley Siegelman returns to Der Vinkl once again with a rare news item and a poetic piece in his peculiar and distinctive Yiddish and English versions — both of them in his very own Yinglish vernacular, a mix of Yiddish and English. “Kiddish Klubs,” he wrote, “have come under fire. They are groups whose members too often steal away fromRead More

Lifting a Ray Of Sunlight From An Otherwise Bleak Historical Chapter

In July 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt convened a conference in Evian, France, to discuss the plight of Nazi-occupied Europe’s Jewish refugees. Thirty-two nations attended, but nearly all refused to open their borders.In a world turned upside down by war, only the Dominican Republic’s military dictator, Rafael Trujillo, agreed to let inRead More

Where the Torah Meets the Torus

By Rick Harrison

While watching a science fiction program alone in his Newton, Mass., apartment in 1968, Stan Tenen saw a strange code flash across the screen, prompting him to consult the opening passage of Genesis — in the original Hebrew. “This was a strange urge,” he admits in one of his instructional videos, “because I didn’t know Hebrew.”Read More

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