Arts Culture

  • U.S. Genocide Task Force Recommends Military Prep

    A blue-ribbon U.S. panel on preventing genocide proposed a designated military capability. The Genocide Prevention Task Force, operating under the aegis of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Academy of Diplomacy and the U.S. Institute of Peace, published its findings Monday. At a news conference, task force co-chairs Madeleine Albright and William Cohen, the… More ▸

  • Yakar Founder Mickey Rosen Dies

    Rabbi Michael “Mickey” Rosen, who founded a network of progressive Orthodox synagogues in Israel, has died. Rosen died Sunday night from injuries sustained three weeks ago in a fall. He was in his late 50s and suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative neurological disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He spent his final… More ▸

  • Joza Karas, Chronicler of Terezin Music, Dies

    Joza Karas, a Czech musician who collected music composed by Jewish inmates at the Terezin concentration camp, has died. Karas, a Christian, died Dec. 5 in his home in Bloomfield, Conn., The New York Times reported. He was 82. In 1985 he published the book “Music in Terezin, 1941-1945,” which chronicled the musical life at… More ▸

  • Engaging Young Hungarian Jews

    When hundreds of young Hungarian Jews gathered last month for the latest Limmud offering around the world, they were partaking in yet another cutting-edge Jewish activity offered in this city. In some ways, young Hungarian Jews have been spoiled by the increasing number of initiatives aimed at providing positive Jewish experiences. But the third Limmud-Keset… More ▸

  • Edgar Bronfman: Here’s to Hoping

    Reading through Edgar Bronfman’s new book, “Hope, Not Fear: A Path to Jewish Renaissance,” my mind kept flashing to a pair of his fellow Jewish gazillionaires: George Soros and Sheldon Adelson. It’s not that Bronfman (with the help of co-author, Beth Zasloff) doesn’t have anything to say. Their message — that Jewish institutions need to… More ▸

  • Controversy Highlights Challenges for Liberal Orthodox School

    A liberal Orthodox rabbinical school’s response to the controversial action of one of its graduates highlights the challenge facing progressives in the Modern Orthodox community. Rabbi Darren Kleinberg participated this summer in a mixed-denominational beit din, or religious court, in Phoenix, where he runs an adult education organization. Kleinberg, a 2005 graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei… More ▸

  • ‘anne Frank’ Apartment Closed

    An Amsterdam rental agency removed an advertisement for an apartment that said guests could “live like Anne Frank.” The amsterdamstay.com agency changed its Web site and removed the slogan after being contacted by the Anne Frank Foundation, which oversees the Anne Frank House and museum here. The foundation holds legal rights to the Anne Frank… More ▸

  • Broadway Boss Gerald Schoenfeld Dies

    Broadway impresario Gerald Schoenfeld, one of the most influential figures in the theater world, has died. Shubert is the largest theater-owning enterprise in the United States, owning and operating more than a dozen Broadway theaters in addition to venues in Boston, Washington and Philadelphia. Schoenfeld took over the organization at a time when New York’s… More ▸

  • ‘madagascar 2′ Stars Visit Israel

    The stars of the film “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” received a warm reception in Israel. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, were in the Jewish state over the weekend for the Israeli premiere of the animated movie. The trio of actors signed hundreds of autographs and were… More ▸

  • Living Like Anne Frank?

    An online accommodation agency I came across recently used one of the most tasteless slogans I’ve ever seen to advertise a holiday rental in Amsterdam. “Amsterdam Stay Apartments present the Anne Frank apartment,” read a banner across the top of the apartment’s Web page. “Live like Anne Frank during your Amsterdam stay,” it promised, “with… More ▸