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  • At end of life, Oliver Sacks craved gefilte fish, and Judaism

    On Aug. 30, at age 82, noted neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks succumbed to a cancer that first plagued him nearly a decade ago, paused, and recently reappeared. One of his last essays, published posthumously, appears in the Sept. 14 issue of The New Yorker and is, surprisingly, an ode to gefilte fish. “Our… More ▸

  • Brooklyn’s hippest bowling alley to host blues-rock Rosh Hashanah service

    Peter Shapiro — the owner of Brooklyn Bowl, a mid-sized music venue in Williamsburg that boasts a bowling alley and a Blue Ribbon restaurant — has referred to himself as the “rabbi” of his unique venue. But, come Monday, an actual rabbi will be taking over the joint. The event, appropriately titled “Bowl Hashanah” will be a only-in-Brooklyn… More ▸

  • A shotgun (literally) Jewish wedding and two lawsuits

    It’s a story that highlights two unique, and frequently maligned, aspects of American culture: easy access to guns and a zeal for lawsuits. And at its center is a Jewish wedding. Anna Goldshmidt and Elan Stratiyevsky are suing Stratiyevsky’s cousin Vladimir Gotlibovsky for ruining their June wedding at the Waldorf Astoria by accidentally firing his… More ▸

  • Why the N.Y. Times was wrong to link Jewishness, Iran deal opposition

    In a chart of lawmakers who are against the Iran deal, The New York Times singled out Jewishness as an implicit cause of opposition to the nuclear agreement. The chart, posted Thursday, originally included a column with the heading “Jewish?” “Yeses” were highlighted in yellow (yellow!), while “noes” were not. Another column showed the estimated Jewish populations in the… More ▸

  • 9 Jewish pop culture moments from 5775

    This year, as always, Jews contributed to the worlds of art, music, literature, film, television, comedy — and even Instagram modeling. Here are some of the moments that made members of the tribe stand out in the increasingly bizarre, fast-paced whirlwind of American pop culture. 1. Jon Stewart’s montage of his Jewish moments on “The Daily Show” In July —… More ▸

  • Preserved remains of Jews used for Nazi medical experiments laid to rest

    The preserved remains of two Holocaust victims subjected to gruesome Nazi medical experiments finally received proper burial rites last weekend after being kept in a Nazi laboratory for 72 years. The remains — belonging to a Polish Jew named Menachem Taffel and another unidentified victim — were buried in the Strasbourg-Cronenbourg Jewish Cemetery in France in… More ▸

  • Read rabbi Barry Freundel’s full apology letter

    Rabbi Barry Freundel is serving a 6 1/2 year prison sentence for voyeurism for secretly filming 52 women in the shower room of the mikvah adjacent to Kesher Israel, the prominent Orthodox Washington synagogue he led for some 25 years. On Wednesday, he published this apology letter in the Washington Jewish Week: No matter how many times I attempt… More ▸

  • Why Putin embraces Jews, but not gays

    For the Kremlin, the interfaith roundtable last Thursday at Kazan’s Hall of Culture provided the perfect propaganda moment. Before the meeting, dozens of journalists snapped pictures of Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar posing alongside the mufti and archpriest of Tatarstan — a predominately Muslim state with its capital, Kazan, 800 miles east of Moscow. Set… More ▸

  • Shanghai opens park to honor its 20,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees

    Beginning in 1938, as Jewish persecution by the Nazis went into high gear, approximately 20,000 Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, one of the few safe havens in the world that did not require a visa. On Sunday, a Jewish Memorial Park was opened at the Fushouyuan cemetery in that city’s Qingpu district in their honor…. More ▸