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The Frozen Chosen How the Israeli Bobsled Team Slid Into Existence

By Aimee Berg

If you think an Israeli bobsled team seems like an alien concept, you are not alone. Call the Israeli Olympic Committee, and chances are you’ll be told that the team doesn’t exist. “We don’t have a bobsled team. Not from Israel. No, no, no,” office manager Etty Glickman said. Her colleague, Rakeset Waintraub, had said the same thing onRead More


Broadway Bigs Get Boosts

By Masha Leon

“It would have been lovelier if Jerry were standing here,” host Marian Seldes said — referring to originally designated emcee Jerry Orbach — at the January 24 Theater Hall of Fame “Lifetime in the Theater 2004 Induction Awards” ceremony at the Gershwin Theatre.Lynn Meadows, artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club, describedRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 18, 2005

Yosef Bovshover was one of the “proletarian poets” whose works were well known in the late 1890s. He was the least famous of a group of four poets who dedicated their works to championing the cause of working people. The other three were Morris Winchevsky, Morris Rosenfeld and David Edelstadt. On the occasion of Bovshover’sRead More


Matchmaker, Matchmaker... Hoping To Stave Off the Valentine’s Day Blues, the Hapless Jewish Writer Seeks Professional Help

By Max Gross

Valentine’s Day can summon terrible sadness in Hapless Jews. Last Valentine’s Day, the Hapless Jewish Writer spent the day despairing over his ex.The Hapless Jewish Writer’s girlfriend ended their relationship at an Indian restaurant December 7 — a date that will live in infamy.“IRead More


Tapping Into Her Inner J.A.P.

By Malina Sarah Saval

Talk about embracing the problems. The latest thing to come to Los Angeles is “Coke-free J.A.P.,” a one-woman show in which 31-year-old writer and actress Fielding (née Elizabeth) Edlow brings to life a potty-mouthed, newly sober, cocaine-craving self-described Jewish American princess. The character, Sage Saperstein, is a 22-year-oldRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL February 11, 2005

Once more the inimitable Stanley Siegelman returns to Der Vinkl with a rare news item and his Yinglish versions in Yiddish mixed with English and in English mixed with Yiddish. In England, he reports, an 18-year-old girl has openly advertised the sale of her virginity for several hundred British pounds. Hundreds of men have respondedRead More


Fierstein Fires Up ‘Fiddler’

By Masha Leon

Crooner Julius La Rosa (!), film star Danny Kaye and comic Alan King were among those considered in 1964 for the role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” notes Carol Ilson in her 1989 biography, “Harold Prince — From ‘Pajama Game’ to ‘Phantom of the Opera’” (UMI Research Press). In the end, Prince’s choice, Zero Mostel, becameRead More


Who Is Maxine? What Is She?

By Marjorie Ingall

Comparisons are odious. As the touchy-feely therapist who led my new mom’s group used to say, “Compare and despair!” (I find it fun to repeat this in the flat, nerdy Midwestern accent used by the school principal on “South Park,” despite the fact that the therapist was from Queens.) Yet how can the mother of two girls not compareRead More


Doggone It, People Like Al Franken

His best-known character was Stuart Smalley, a self-help/group therapy addict with low self-esteem who summed up the 1980s’ cultural obsession with psychobabble. Smalley was based on Franken’s real-life venture into Al-Anon, a 12-step program for friends and family members of alcoholics. In Franken’s case, the friend was his longtime writingRead More


Down and Out in the Hollywood Hills: A Reunion

Seth Greenland’s debut novel, “The Bones” (coming out next month from Bloomsbury), follows Lloyd Melnick, a TV comedy writer who has stumbled onto accidental success in Hollywood, and Frank Bones, a racy stand-up comedian whose once-thriving career has stalled. With hopes of hitching his broken-down wagon to Lloyd’s rising star, FrankRead More


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