Miscellaneous

May 30, 2013

Did they know he was laughing at them? A museum in Kiev, Ukraine, recently kicked off national observances of the 150th anniversary of the birthday of the legendary Yiddish satire writer Sholem Aleichem –– who made a living gently making fun of gentile peasants and stereotypical Jews in his famous writings.CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

The idea of Jews camping or jumping out of airplanes for the heck of it seems like an oxymoron to many. But Jewish groups across the country are increasingly planning outdoor events — running the gamut from camping, biking, hiking, skiing and even jumping out of airplanes. For those who doubt it, Lew Groner, co-president CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Now you really know there’s an economic meltdown turning everything once taken for granted inside out. How else can one react to the news that the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring –– with its deep roots in the Jewish socialist labor movement –– is promoting credit cards?CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

“Fill her up with unleaded and give me some gum and that homemade gefilte fish, too.” It’s not common lingo at gas stations across the nation, but it’s becoming more frequent in Brooklyn, thanks to the Rio Gas Station in Borough Park. Yes, the nation has just received its first kosher petrol plaza, according to CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Next time some good ol’ hate mongers in Springfield, Mo. head out to the annual We Hate Everybody BBQ, they might be cruising down the Highway to Heschel — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, that is. That’s because the state legislature last week adjourned after passing a bill aimed at aggravating the ulcers of the local CONTINUE »