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Strip tease

Sometimes good stories just write themselves. From the “this-could-only-happen-in-a-TV-sitcom” department, an Israeli policeman was sent to quiet down a rowdy all-female party at a Jerusalem apartment. Instead of being greeted with fear and respect, the policeman was mistaken for a male stripper sent to the party and the women began to undress...

Victory for Open House

Jerusalem’s gay rights advocacy group, Jerusalem Open House, was awarded a victory this week when the city of Jerusalem was ordered to pay 40,000 NIS ($8,500) towards 2002’s gay pride parade. (c/o New Israel Fund News Release) Of last year’s event, the LA Times wrote, “Undeterred by the outrage of ultra-Orthodox Jews...

The pop-in

What’s the deal with Jerry Seinfeld? Last year the Jewish comedian got cold feet and bailed on a scheduled solidarity trip to Israel, instead sending his opening act, comedian Larry Miller. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Well it looks like Seinfeld, who once spent a summer living on a kibbutz...

Making of a Godol

In his book “Making of a Godol” Rabbi Nathan Kamenetsky depicts (“often in biographies for the Orthodox market“) the Lithuanian sages “wrestling with the lures of secular life.” This two-volume book was published privately by Rabbi Kamenetsky in a limited edition of only 1,000 copies. The $40 copies are now being auctioned...

Do Jews Run America?

Does the “Neo-Conservative” Israel lobby really have as much influence on American foreign policy as some claim, or is this just another attempt by closet anti-Semites at scapegoating Jews?

Nosh for Ha’aretz

Now you can support Israel with your stomach. This Sunday May 4, restaurants in Toronto, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Livingston, NJ will be donating 10% of their earnings to seven worthy charities. B’tei Avon! (c/o Protocols)

“It is not not unprecedented.”

On March 29, Rabbi Janet Marder was installed as the first woman president of the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinate of the Reform movement). In her first sermon, Kos Y’shuot Esa she postulates what the sages might have said when commenting on this historic occasion.

Bush's Solar Powered Flaslight

Looks like George W. Bush is getting in touch with his Nazi roots. According to an article in this week’s Forward, “the Bush administration is undermining the fight to win compensation for Jewish victims of Nazi Germany.” Apparently Bush doesn’t want Poland—a country which was complicit in Nazi attrocities during WWII—to pay...

Trance Opening

Pearl Gluck and Basya Shechter’s installation, Trance, opened tonight at the Eldridge St. Project. The installation, which features Ms. Gluck’s camerwork accompanied by Ms. Shechter’s audio arrangements, vividly interprets Jewish life on New York’s Lower East Side. The show runs through July 30th. Pearl Gluck exhibits “People of the Book”—a video collage...