Arts & Life

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And one that fills your sukkah with delicious delights
BY Ilene Spector
October 9, 2014

Sukkot celebrates the joy of the late summer harvest and is often thought of as the Jewish Thanksgiving. However, at this holiday, where we eat is as meaningful as what we eat. Through the sukkahs we simulate the experience of the Exodus from Egypt. Traveling to the Promised Land for 40 years through the desert, CONTINUE »

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Sukkah leasing grows in popularity
BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
October 3, 2014

Many observant Jews own a sukkah that they put up every year for the weeklong fall holiday of Sukkot. But renting the temporary structure is a lesser-known option than owning. The sukkah-rental business is a relatively new space in which the Litton family of Lawrence, N.Y., is a pioneer. “We were the first ones to CONTINUE »

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For Israeli tennis star Andy Ram and ‘home’ crowd in Florida, a finale to remembe
BY Howard Blas/JTA
October 3, 2014

SUNRISE, Fla. — It wasn’t Tel Aviv, but thousands of people chanting his name at a Davis Cup match following a grueling victory was a pretty good way for Israel’s Andy Ram to leave the game of tennis to which he had devoted more than half his life. Ram, 34, and his longtime doubles partner, CONTINUE »

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Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ connects with NBA stars
BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
October 2, 2014

Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift — a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen CONTINUE »

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Documentary provides close-up look of stunningly accomplished life
BY Tom Tugend/JTA
October 2, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Ambitious girls of yore looking for role models among successful and accomplished women might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a social justice champion. And then there was Altina Schinasi, the subject of a new documentary feature, “Altina,” directed by her filmmaker grandson Peter CONTINUE »