Yiddish

  • Authors Aim to Defang Jap, Shiksa Labels

    “So are you a JAP?” I’m sitting at Abigail’s in midtown Manhattan and next to us, an older couple visiting from Ireland is delighted they have unwittingly happened upon a kosher restaurant and some real, live Jewish women. “Excuse me?” I say, almost choking on my gazpacho. “Are you a JAP? I’ve always wanted to… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • A Jewish festival where there are no Jews

    From “Studio 360:” For 18 years, the historic Jewish quarter of Krakow, Poland has been home to a Jewish cultural festival – nine days of dancing, lectures, and concerts. 25,000 people attend, most of them Poles with no Jewish family. Stephanie Rowden wondered what Jewish culture can mean in a place where it has been… More ▸

  • News Brief

    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 ▸

  • News Brief

    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 Jackie Robinson of Yiddish

    The New Standard, which bills itself as “Central Ohio’s Largest Circulation Jewish Newspaper,” has a profile on Colleen McCallum-Bonar, a graduate student at Ohio State who is poised to be the first African-American ever to receive a Ph.D. in Yiddish literature (at least she thinks she will be). “I can count on one hand the… 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 ▸