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  • Celebration, Sadness at Opening of Berlin Mikvah

    The dedication of a new mikvah at the Chabad center here was tinged with sadness as participants remembered two Chabad emissaries killed last week in the Mumbai terror attacks. A memorial service for Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg is planned here for Dec. 2, Rabbi Yehudah Teichtal, the director of the Rohr Chabad Center, said… More ▸

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    A weeklong Yiddish language seminar opened in Ukraine in a suburb of Kiev. About 50 Jewish activists, including directors of Jewish Sunday schools, actors, singers and journalists, from throughout Ukraine gathered Wednesday for “Di Yiddishe Voch” to learn about Yiddish and Yiddishkeit. The seminar is designed to help bring Yiddish culture to Jewish communities in… More ▸

  • Latest Slingshot Guide Highlights Old and New Innovative Programs

    When a group of young philanthropists decided to put together a short Zagat’s-style directory of innovative programs four years ago, the goal was to identify cutting-edge Jewish causes for their peers to invest in. The result was Slingshot, an annual directory of 50 hot nonprofits that has helped put several upstarts on the philanthropic map… More ▸

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    Estelle Getty, who gained acclaim as the acerbic Sophia on the “The Golden Girls,” has died. Getty, who had suffered from dementia for years, died Tuesday. She was 84. She was born Estelle Scher on July 25, 1923, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Polish-Jewish immigrants. Her show business career started in the Yiddish theater,… More ▸

  • The Jewish (celebrity) Songbook, Zohan’s Diddy and Jdub’s Latest

    A new CD of classic Jewish songs features Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and the biggest surprise of the album isn’t even that they all manage — more or less — to stick to the original lyrics. The big surprise is, they’re entertaining when they do. The truth is, the… More ▸

  • Leader of Darfur Project Wins a $100,000 Humanitarian Prize

    The simplest innovations sometimes lead to the greatest rewards, as Rachel Andres learned this week when she was named the 2008 recipient of the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize. The annual prize is awarded to a person or team of people younger than 50 whose Jewish values spark humanitarian efforts that help improve the world. Andres… More ▸

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    The National Yiddish Book Center received a $2 million gift. The donation from the Kaplen Foundation of New Jersey was the largest single gift in the 27-year history of the center in Amherst, Mass., according to a release. More ▸

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    The National Yiddish Book Center is to receive $750,000 for a Yiddish fellowship program for college students. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Cuban Salsa Combined with Klezmer

    Klezmer music, rooted in the Jewish shtetls of 19th-century Eastern Europe, is making an unprecedented comeback. So is Cuban salsa, whose distinctive Afro-Caribbean rhythms are enjoying a wave of global popularity. It was only a matter of time before some enterprising musician came along and combined the two. That would be Havana-born drummer Roberto Juan… More ▸