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27
Dec
11

This Week’s Radio Show


We are back with a live show, tomorrow eve at 8:00pm Eastern Time, after 2 weeks of prerecorded (but previously unaired) shows. Our guest, will be Rukhl Schaechter. Rukhl is the news editor of the Forverts, and writes a bi-weekly column called Nayes far Bney Bayis” (News for the Family). She frequently covers trends and issues in the Orthodox community, and has received several awards by the Independent Press Association of New York.

She also co-hosts a Yiddish cooking show on the Forverts website, together with Yiddish cooking blogger Eve Jochnowitz. Their show gets thousands of hits on YouTube.

A number of Rukhl Schaechter‘s short stories and songs have been published over the years. Four of her songs are included in the album “Vaserl“; and the title song, “Vaserl“, which she co-authored with Paula Teitelbaum, appears in the CD “Zingt!“, performed by the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus.

Mrs. Schaechter also helps run the annual Yiddish-speaking retreat called the “Yiddish Vokh“, and is the proud mother of three Yiddish-speaking young men.

Meanwhile, if you missed our last two weeks of shows you can hear them here:

Please tune us in tomorrow evening on BlogTalkRadio.com/kosherscene at 8:00pm (Eastern Time), for what promises to an interesting, entertaining, informative show. We’ll be waiting for ya!

CS

15
Dec
11

The Jewish Daily Forward’s Annual Party


This past Thursday December 8th, the Center for Jewish History was the venue for the Jewish Daily Forward‘s Annual Holiday Party for its staff and associates. Kim Amzallag, Advertising Director of the Forward – graciously invited SYR and I to meet the JDF family.

It was delightful to spend an evening among such an eclectic group of people spanning the full spectrum of religious and political positions. What made the night so special was the collective passion and commitment of the weekly publication’s staff and contributors to remain at the peak of journalistic excellence. It was touching to hear so many political journalists, editors, writers on music, the arts and Jewish culture, chatting it up in Yiddish, in true mameloshen, clearly dispelling the myth that Yiddish is dead.

Dr. Wisse, of Y.U.M, introduced the evening’s program which consisted of a panel discussion with four of the women artists represented in the museum’s Graphical Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women an exhibit co-sponsored by the Jewish Daily Forwards

Dr. Jacob Wisse, Director of the Yeshiva University Museum

Next on the podium was Sam Norich , Publisher and Executive Director of the Forward Newspaper. He is a past Executive Director at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Sam Norich, Publisher and Executive Director of the Jewish Daily Forward

The Museum’s curator, Zachary Paul Levin

Yeshiva University Museum's curator, Zachary Paul Levin

… introduced the Graphic Details‘ creator, Michael Kaminer, and the panel of women comics artists. Michael writes on travel and other subjects for New York’s leading newspapers, his interest in creating this exhibit came from his own fascination and extensive collection of comics.

From Left to Right: Michael Kaminer, Miss Lasko-Gross, Miriam Katin, Diane Noomin and Lauren Weinstein

Various questions were asked the panelists, in response to the query whether the writing or the drawing was hardest, the answer that best summed up the effort involved came from Diane Noomin that “each balloon is like a haiku and therefore harder to perfect. ” To underline the growing importance of this genre – as American literature – Lasko-Gross said that seeing the pages “behind glass, commands respect.”

The Forward began publication in 1897; when my family moved to the US from Uruguay, in 1962, my parents – whose English was weak – joined thousands of other Jewish households in a daily reading ritual of the newspaper. The news, the editorials, the serialized novels, were relevant subjects of discussion with their friends. The evening’s program clearly showed the publication still holds its finger firmly on the cultural pulse of Jewish life in America. Its political writing and commentary are now more thought provoking, even more germane to current realities. It was was an evening filled with information and great conversation.

CS




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