Hanukkah’s eight days, no more and no less, are part of what makes it special. To “celebrate” Hanukkah for more than eight days is to reduce the meaning of the holiday.
Look for ‘neighborhood preservation,’ which focuses on people and culture along with buildings, to become an even bigger trend in American cities — with Jewish activists taking the lead.
Recent news of an eccentric man with 1,280 pieces of Nazi-looted art in his Munich apartment brings to mind ‘Monsieur Klein,’ a classic of cinema from 1976.
Herman Broder is a gangly loser who’s won the biggest prize of all: his life. After surviving the Nazi onslaught in Poland by hiding in a haystack, he emigrates to America — specifically, Coney Island — with the gentile Polish woman who hid him, and who is now his wife. This is the setting of “Enemies: A Love Story,” a play performed for four nights last week by the Gesher Theater Company at the Frederick P. Rose Theater in New York.
Esther Merves, 54
Ben Bochner, 56
For older Jewish workers, job loss can be particularly painful. We spoke with six people about their careers and the road ahead.
Donald Sylvan, 64 Toronto
Jane Trigere, 64
South Deerfield, Mass.
Burt Gitlin, 58
North Bergen, N.J.