March 15, 2016 |
Bernie Sanders is the most successful Jewish candidate for the presidency ever. It's a rare sign of the health of our republic that no one seems to much care or even notice. Least of all, Sanders himself. Which prompted Anderson Cooper in a recent Democratic debate to ask Sanders whether he was intentionally keeping his Judaism under wraps. "No," answered Sanders: "I am very proud to be Jewish. " He then explained that the Holocaust had wiped out his father's family. And that he remembered as a child seeing neighbors with concentration camp numbers tattooed on their arms.
October 23, 2014 |
Rabbi Deborah Waxman leafed through her mail before unwrapping a small orange, the punch line to a fabled Jewish myth. As it went, a rabbi once teased that a woman rabbi was like an orange on a ceremonial seder plate used during Passover. Neither belonged. The orange was a sly affirmation from a friend, mailed to Waxman as a symbol of the history she made by becoming the first woman and the first lesbian to lead a major movement of Judaism. Waxman, 47, took over in January as head of the Reconstructionist movement and president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, the movement's seminary.
October 26, 2012 |
Philadelphia Theatre Company's world premiere musical Stars of David , based on Abigail Pogrebin's collection of interviews, asks a whole lot of famous people a single question: How do you feel about being Jewish? The net result of those answers is a survey of a dozen public figures whose attitudes toward Judaism range from ambivalence to outright chauvinism. This is less a celebration of being Jewish in America than a window onto a splintered minority - many of whom, despite being defined by religion, find their religion's teachings largely irrelevant, and identify with being Jewish mostly through empty rituals and food.
November 11, 2011 |
UNCONVENTIONAL, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is a portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth. "Heroic" may seem like an odd word to attach to a man like the legendary songwriter and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg, a giant of 20th-century French popular music but also a man to whom creating outrage and scandal was second nature. Best known in this country for "Je T'Aime . . . Moi Non Plus," the racy duet he recorded with British actress Jane Birkin (actress Charlotte Gainsbourg is their daughter)
July 13, 2007 |
Bush unimpressed as House votes to set pullout date WASHINGTON -- The Democratic-controlled House, buoyed by a White House report showing mixed results toward progress in Iraq, defied President Bush yesterday and voted to begin withdrawing U.S. troops within 120 days. "I don't think Congress ought to be running the war," Bush, urging patience until a September status report, told a White House news conference before the House vote. The 223-201 House vote calls for the removal of all U.S. troops in Iraq by April 1, except for a limited force to train Iraqis, to battle al Qaeda and to protect U.S. assets.
December 15, 2006 |
People who celebrate Christmas always have endless options for cutting down on the holiday stress. But what about the Jews? We have lots of agita, too. We have to come up with a different Hanukkah gift for eight days, and eat questionable food prepared by sensitive relatives whom we haven't seen since Passover. However, Jews know better than almost everyone that the key to survival is humor. That's where Good for the Jews and Jewmongous come in - two musical comedy groups visiting the Tin Angel this month.
April 28, 2003 |
"URGENT! To all Ghetto Inhabitants! Resettlement means Treblinka and Treblinka means Death. Defy the Enemy, Defend Yourself and Your Family. Attack the Enemy with Whatever you have, Even with your Bare Fists. " If the new measure of modern massacre is Sept. 11, consider for a moment the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943, where 400,000 Polish Jews were herded into the tenements of the city's Jewish quarter with little idea the Nazis planned to simply slaughter them all. Then alarming leaflets such as the one above appeared on buildings and gates.
September 10, 2002
By Terri Akman We so often travel through life on autopilot that we lose track of our real identities. Sitting in a warm, sweaty gym in the outskirts of Montreal, I recently learned a lot about my inner self, my family, community, country, and heritage. In August, as my 14-year-old son and his seven teammates competed in basketball in the 20th annual Jewish Community Center Maccabi Games, I felt the seed of pride take root deep inside me. The Maccabi games are a Jewish Olympics for teenagers, a tradition dating back to 1895 when the first all-Jewish sports club was formed in Constantinople.
March 16, 2001 |
Can Jews preserve their identity in contemporary U.S. society? Or does freedom erode bonds forged by generations of prejudice? Elliott Abrams, assistant U.S. secretary of state in the Reagan administration, will tackle that question in a program open to the community at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Rd., Penn Valley. The temple's Fishman Institute for Adult Jewish Learning is presenting the free program. Abrams is president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, and chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
November 21, 1999 |
Instead of spending their winter break in Cancun or Costa Rica, more than 150 local college students will tour Israel for 10 days with thousands of peers, courtesy of Jewish philanthropists, Jewish federations and the Israeli government. With headquarters in New York City, the project, called Birthright Israel, aims to send every Jewish 15-to-26-year-old to Israel because it is their birthright, organizers say. The students traveling to Israel this winter will be the first to stake their claim, in an effort expected to cost $210 million over five years.