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Two Events Honor Israel’s Contributions

By Masha Leon

Larry King, master of ceremonies at the December 7 American Friends of Rabin Medical Center dinner, alternately amused and dismayed the 500 guests at The Pierre with such zingers as “Remember, Catholics, we gave you your Lord!” and, “People look at me.… They look at her.… They look at me.… If she dies — she dies!” Re: the ageRead More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL December 31, 2004

Hanukkah is ever old and ever new — as the following poem by Alef Katz testifies when he reminds us of events 2,000 years ago and their meaning for Jews today.It is in the light of this everlasting tradition that Der Vinkl now runs the third in a series of poems that appeared in the Forverts devoted to the themeRead More


No One Loves Christmas Like We Do

By Miriam Shaviv

Forget about “Chrismukka,” the hybrid holiday invented for intermarried couples. Consider the other December Dilemma, that of thousands of affiliated and even Orthodox Jews like me. Without a history of celebrating Christmas, and with no intention of celebrating it in the future, either, we get a warm and fuzzy feeling from theRead More


All Jews, All the Time: A New Radio Station Seeks Young Listeners Around the World

By Karen Iris Tucker

B’nai B’rith International, a 161-year-old nonprofit organization and charity, is hardly known as a hip haven through which the new generation can connect to Jewish culture. That could change, however, if the organization makes the desired impact with its new 24/7, Internet-based Jewish-music radioRead More


A Hip-Hop Tour of the Afterlife

By Loolwa Khazzoom

Following 9/11, Tim Barsky felt the world was upside down — not just because of global affairs, but also because of events closer to home. First, Barsky’s next-door neighbor was gunned down in a drive-by shooting as Barsky was sitting on his own front porch. Shortly afterward, in a succession of events, another neighbor was shot to deathRead More


Intrepid Celebs Toast to Pride And Patriotism

By Masha Leon

On November 30, while the Open University was feting Bernard Kerik, former NYC cop and former candidate for Homeland Security chief, at Cipriani 42nd Street (who knew?), 12 blocks away at the Hilton, the America-Israel Friendship League honored Harvey Krueger, vice chairman, Lehman Brothers; Galia Maor, president and CEO,Read More


DER YIDDISH-VINKL December 24, 2004

On the occasion of his 95th yahrzeit, the page of the Forverts devoted to Pearls of Yiddish Poetry dedicated its space to Khaim Alexandrov (1869-1909). He was famous for two of his poems: “Comrades in Arms” and “May Song.”What follows are transliterations of both poems (songs) by Goldie A. Gold and English versions by Gus Tyler.Read More


Stirring ‘Harts’ And Minds at A Tribute Gala

By Masha Leon

At the November 21 Metropolitan Opera Guild’s “Hart to Hart: A Celebration of the Lives and Achievements of Kitty Carlisle Hart and Moss Hart” at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, those in the audience who never knew or who had forgotten Carlisle Hart’s vocal pyrotechnics discovered what a magnificent soprano the “To Tell theRead More


89-year-old Bat Mitzvah Girls

By Julie Kay

Sara Zwerin, 89, of Sunrise, Fla., barely can walk and is legally blind, but she is an avid card player who plays canasta at Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center three times a week, using special large-print cards.And, as of last week, she is also a bat mitzvah.Like most elderly Jewish women, Zwerin never had a bat mitzvah, since the coming-of-ageRead More


Designer T-Shirts Cause ‘Divine’ Conflict With Kabbalah Centre

By Adam Sacks

In the names of God, one fashion designer is producing T-shirts and skirting conflict with the famed Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre.Ayelet Aviv, an Israeli artist from Mitzpe Ramon in Israel, recently went solo with her line of Kabbalah-inspired T-shirts after an alleged collaborative agreement with The Kabbalah CentreRead More


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