When I received the first phone call, I was confused, to say the least. I’m a potential match? For what? Are you sure? …also, how did you get this number?
The call was from Gift of Life, an incredible organization that works to give people with blood cancers, like leukemia and lymphoma, a second chance at life. Most notably, they match patients in need of stem cell transplants to donors.
Gift of Life was born of an effort by founder Jay...Read More
Superstitious folks eat all kinds of specific foods to ring in the secular New Year, hoping the items they consume – all of which are said to represent various forms of success in the year to come – will positively impact their days ahead.
Whether or not you believe in such superstitions, it can be fun to put your own spin on them! Close out the year by putting a Jewish twist on some of these traditional New Year’s foods.1. In the American South, greens are said to represent money and financial success.
Tina Wasserman’s...Read More
Every 10 days, I get my hair cut. I don’t have much hair, and if I wanted to, I probably could do it myself. But instead of trying to see the back of my head in the bathroom mirror like a contortionist, I go to Daniel who owns a small barbershop on Azza Street – a five-minute walk from our apartment.
It takes Daniel literally eight minutes to cut my hair – but we spend about half an hour together. Daniel understands just a bit of English, so we talk in Hebrew. He’s patient with my semi-fluent Hebrew and is pleased when he can correct me and introduce me to new words – such as “...Read More
Last winter, our family took a cruise that coincided with the first six days of Hanukkah. We called the cruise line beforehand to see if there would be a celebration aboard the ship. Yes, we were told, plans were in place for meals to include latkes, gefilte fish, and matzoh ball soup.
But, said the young woman on the other end of the phone, “We don’t have a rabbi.”
“I’m a rabbi,” I told her, and would be willing to lead the services. Also, I added, latkes and jelly...Read More
Avi Hoffman was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Willy Loman in a Yiddish-language production of Death of a Salesman. He is best known for his award-winning, one-man shows, Too Jewish? and Too Jewish, Two.
We sat down with him to talk about the revival of the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre project and the inaugural YI ❤ NY YiddishFest, which will include a tribute to Joseph Papp.
ReformJudaism.org: Legendary Broadway impresario Joseph Papp (1921-1991) is best remembered for creating free Shakespeare in the Park and...Read More