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Onetime Lubavitcher Creates New Life Out of Whole Cloth

By Rukhl Schaechter

On a recent Sunday evening at the height of New York’s Fashion Week, the Cafe Deville was bustling. Backstage, beneath the downtown bistro’s dining room, designer Levi Okunov’s latest line of coats hung from a set of racks. A hairdresser and a makeup artist were busy doing up the models according to this year’s theme: theRead More


Young Players Step Up to the Plate at Yiddish Week

By Rukhl Schaechter

How do you say “home run” in Yiddish? Just ask the dozens of generation X- and Y-ers who were on the field for a hilke-pilke (softball) game during the annual Yidish-Vokh (Yiddish Week), from August 20 to August 26.Max Kellerman, 30, the boxing analyst and host of ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” took several days off from his busy schedule, asRead More


Poles Give Warm Welcome to the Exiled Jews of ’68

By Rukhl Schaechter

In 1963, the same year that Beatle-mania was spreading across Europe, three Jewish students in the Polish city of Szczecin (sh’CHE-chin) started a rock band called The Successors. As the Polish youth began tearing at the seams of the restrictive Communist government, they became more and more attracted to the rock and roll songs written by TheRead More


Sportscaster Max Kellerman Pitches for the Mother Tongue

By Rukhl Schaechter

Last August, at the annual Yugntruf Youth for Yiddish retreat in Copake, N.Y., a bearded father pitched a softball to his developmentally disabled 8-year-old son, accompanying each toss with Yiddish words of encouragement. A young man with spiky hair approached the child and asked, “Vilst ikh zol dir vayzn?” (Do you want me to show you how?)Read More





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