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  • Spectator - A Sane Italian Jew? Fugedaboutit

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Historians have indicated there were roughly 50,000 Jews in Rome when Caesar reigned and the same number under Mussolini. Beyond the obvious assimilation, it's clear Jews and Italians know how to coexist. No wonder the two peoples lived in adjoining neighborhoods on the Lower East...

  • A Step Into Secular

    By Sue Fishkoff

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Chaim breezes into a diner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan clutching two huge shopping bags.

    "I got some clothes, this plaid shirt, two for $5, this leather jacket just $20," says Chaim, 19, in the clipped, Yiddish-accented English of the Chasidic world he comes from. "I didn't...

  • Bike the Big Apple

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chasidic Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City are easily navigable by bicycle, but given New York's frenetic pace, you might prefer an expert take you there.

    Bronx native Joel Seidenstein stands ready at the handlebars.

    After 33 years teaching social studies in the...

  • ‘Oy Vey’  Such a Sign

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    October 6, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    A traffic sign with the words, "Leaving Brooklyn Oy Vey!" went up on the Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan. The city's Department of Transportation approved the sign earlier this month, after rejecting an earlier request from Borough President Marty Markowitz.

    "The beauty is, every ethnic group knows it," Markowitz said of the expression.

     

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  • Say Cheese, L.A.

    By Leora Alhadeff

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What's a Brooklyn-born Jewish engineer doing photographing the streets of Los Angeles?

    "Anything is possible," said Larry Brownstein, photographer, author and publisher of "Los Angeles, Where Anything is Possible." (Brownstein Publications, $19.95)

    "My folks were encouraging me to...

  • Yonah and the Wail

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Johnny Childs, blues musician, has come a long way from his old life as an ultra-Orthodox hoodlum. He started off in Brooklyn as Yonah Krohn, the unruly third child in a family of 10, who would sometimes briefly steal the fancy cars outside synagogues and take them for joy rides. He...

  • Wingman Wanted

    By Carin Davis

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Let's talk about Ruth and Naomi, two smokin' hot babes who Thelma and Louised it from Moab.

    Ruth could have ditched her friend to find a new dude. But instead, she played her "where you go I go, where you stay I stay" wingman card and schlepped across the desert with Naomi. My...

  • Mark of the Werewolf

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1970s -- dubbed "the Bronze Age" by comic book historians -- I was a kid living in Canarsie, Brooklyn, N.Y., where, every week, I blew my allowance on Marvel Comics. What I didn't know at the time was that Don Perlin, a Canarsie native, was illustrating some of those books in...

  • Ghosts of Passovers Past

    By Amy Klein

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I have never quite gotten used to celebrating two seders.

    After doing only one seder for each of the nine Passovers I was in Israel, the second night now seems like religious deja vu, a "Groundhog Day," where I'm setting the table yet again, rereading the haggadah and singing the...

  • A Boy and His Golem

    By Tom Tugend

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Snow in August" is an offbeat TV movie, part gritty reality and part fantasy, at the center of which is the curious friendship between an Irish Catholic altar boy and a refugee rabbi in post-World War II Brooklyn.

    The two-hour production, based on the 1997 best-seller by Pete...

  • The Divorce Force

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    By J.J. Goldberg

    Gangs of masked, Yiddish-speaking thugs inBrooklyn have been abducting Orthodox Jewish men and beating themsavagely to force them into granting their wives a religious divorce,or get, according to several men who say they were victims of such assaults.The beatings...

  • Of Morality and Memory

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Cast members, from left, Carlyle King, Jennifer Parsons(standing), Dorothy James and Rachel Davies. Toward the end of "The Yiddish Trojan Women" at the Theatre 40,the ghost of a woman murdered in a long-ago Polish pogrom begs hersister to "teach me how to look away," to ignore the...

  • Cleared of Charges?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Charges against a Brooklyn Chassidic rabbi of groping a 15-year-old girl during a transpacific flight were part of an extortion plot and will be dismissed by federal prosecutors.

    So states prominent Washington attorney Nathan Lewin, who's representing Rabbi Israel Grunwald, leader of...

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