Last Wednesday night, when much of the Jewish community was still bolting bagels and lox to break the Yom Kippur fast, about 50 Jews were taking in the art and music of Umbanda, an eclectic religion unique to Brazil, at a downtown gallery.
“We tried to provide a creative post-Yom Kippur experience,” said Alex Minkin, 39, a creator of Ticun Brasil, the group that hosted the party. He works by day as a consultant.
At age 13, Zak Kukoff of Thousand Oaks, Calif., would watch his autistic younger cousin sit alone on the playground. “It’s not that students didn’t want to be her friend — they just didn’t know how,” he said. “It hurt me to see.”
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For the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals has found that a case may be brought against a foreign national railroad in a Holocaust-related case that seeks billions of dollars.
Late last month, the court in Chicago refused to dismiss a suit against the Hungarian State Railroads (also known as the MAV) brought by Hungarian victims of the Holocaust who claimed the railroad must compensate them for the property it took from them in violation of international law.
After 92 years, many of them spent in manuscript form piled on a shelf of the Loeb Music Library at Harvard, Joseph Rumshinsky’s operetta, “Di Goldene Kale” (The Golden Bride), will be brought back to the stage at Rutgers University. As ever, the plot hinges on who gets the girl.
Downstairs, in the crowded lower level of NYC hotspot ACME this past Tuesday evening, partiers took photo booth-style pictures with friends, significant others, and potential new spouses holding signs that read “NJB” (Nice Jewish Boy), “Kiss Me I’m Jewish,” and “Shalom, Jew Feel Me?”
Move over, Bar Rafaeli — there’s a new Israeli “It girl” model.
Sofia Mechetner, a 14-year-old from Holon, a Tel Aviv suburb, has been signed — seemingly out of nowhere — as the “new face” of Dior, one of France’s top fashion houses. Israel’s Channel 2 accompanied Sofia for several days leading up to Paris Fashion Week, where she opened the show.