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Arts & Culture: General

Support Jewish troops and receive tee

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In honor of Flag Day, which was June 14, and Independence Day on July 4, KosherTroops is sending a tee shirt with donations of $36 or more. The offer is valid until July 10. There are small, medium, and large sizes for adult and children.

Koshertroops is a non-profit organization that sends care packages to Jewish U.S. troops all over the world to help them celebrate holidays. The organization also helps chaplains in various state side Army bases with their holiday needs. Some strictly kosher soldiers, who are stationed far from Jewish communities in the U.S. and abroad, rely on Koshertroops for their dietary needs.

Koshertroops has no administrative costs or hired employees. Donated funds are used solely for purchasing holiday items and shipping them to Jewish troops stationed around the globe.

For information, visit Koshertroops.com or call (845) 354-7763. Checks can be sent to Koshertroops, 8 Pleasant Ridge Road, New Hempstead, NY 10977.

 
 

‘World’s Best Short Films’ in Tenafly

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From “Globe Trot”

The JCC U at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will present “Asbury Shorts: An Evening of the World’s Best Short Films” on Tuesday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Asbury Shorts, a touring exhibition that presents films around the country, will bring its nationally acclaimed short film exhibition to the Tenafly JCC.

The night will include a screening of award-winning films curated from the top global film festivals. It will feature a mix of Oscar winners and nominees in short film comedy, drama, animation, and documentary.

Films include “A Poet Long Ago,” directed by Bob Giraldi; “In The Dark,” directed by Bettina Bilger; “The Bloody Olive,” directed by Vincent Bal: and “Globe Trot,” directed by Mitchell Rose.

To register call Kathy at (201) 408-1454 or go to jccotp.org.

 
 

‘2 by Wolf’

New Yiddish Rep introduces old British playwright

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“The hunted are all on the same side,” says the old Jewish merchant in the first of two one-act plays by British writer Wolf Mankowitz, now Off-Off Broadway at The Cell, 338 West 23rd St.

The merchant is speaking to an Irish revolutionary who is hiding out in his upstairs shtiebel in Cork in the early 1920s. That sentiment is central to Mankowitz’s worldview, as it was to millions of left-leaning Jews in the twentieth century. Their perspective arose in a world where most Jews were poor, and in the way of the world were often crushed under the heels of those who were richer and more powerful.

New Yiddish Rep has adapted two plays by Mankowitz that show off his deep Jewish roots and his identification with the oppressed. In the first, “The Irish Hebrew Lesson,” the aforementioned revolutionary sneaks into the house where the old man is davening to hide from the Black and Tans, or British police, who are after him.

 
 

Kaplen JCC seeks artists for its gallery exhibition

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The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly is looking for artists interested in exhibiting their work for the 2015-2016 calendar year. The JCC’s monthly art shows, featuring the work of painters, photographers, digital artists, and other creative visual artists, is displayed on the walls of the JCC’s Waltuch Art Gallery. The focus of the gallery is to exhibit thematically Jewish artwork or art produced by Jewish artists.

All exhibits include a meet-the-artist reception hosted by the artist, who buys food for the party through the JCC Cafe. The JCC provides coffee, tea, and paper goods.

All work on exhibit is for sale, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support JCC programming. To be considered for a solo exhibition, send a brief bio and artist’s statement, the title of the show, and its theme; three or four high resolution jpegs of the work that will be shown (and, if you have a website with images, include the URL), and the works’ price range.

A JCC committee that meets twice a year will select artists for exhibitions. Exhibits run from four to eight weeks. The JCC publicizes all shows and receptions in local newspapers and websites, as well as in JCC brochures and newsletters. The exhibits are open and art can be bought during the JCC’s business hours.

Send submissions to Ruth Yung at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For information, call (201) 408-1408.

 
 

Tee off with YJCC and Moriah

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The Bobbie Berkley YJCC Golf Outing, in memory of golf enthusiast and avid Bergen County YJCC supporter Bobbie Berkley, will be held on Monday, July 13, at the Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y. The outing begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration and brunch, followed by a shotgun start at 11:30. Cocktails and dinner are at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in various contests.

Howard Haber, Steve Merson, and William Rose are chairing the outing. For information, call Ashley Warren at (201) 666-6610, ext. 5832, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Moriah School in Englewood will host its 12th annual Golf, Tennis & Cycling Outing on Monday, August 10, at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Each year Moriah holds an online auction to help raise additional funds. The auction will be held from August 5 through 9, at http://www.bididngforgood.com/moriah.

Items include tickets to major sporting events and concerts, golf foursomes, beauty treatments, children’s classes and camps, personal training packages, travel-related items, and local shopping and restaurants.

For information on Moriah or the Golf, Tennis & Cycling Outing, call Nila Lazarus, the school’s development director, at (201) 567-0208, ext. 373, or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). To register for the dinner, go to www.moriahgolf.org.

 
 

Whitewater rafting trip

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Join congregants from Fair Lawn’s Temple Beth Sholom on Sunday, June 28, for its 26th annual Delaware River Gourmet Rafting Trip.

Carpools leave the shul at 7 a.m. and return at about 7 p.m. The cost is $125 and includes a gourmet kosher lunch, transportation, and rafting costs. For information or to make reservations, call (201) 797-9321.

 
 

Movies at KulturefestNYC

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It is not every week when you can see 37 films in seven days — all celebrating the renaissance of Yiddish culture.

Starting Sunday, as part of KulturfestNYC, the National Yiddish Theatre — Folksbiene will present the largest festival of Yiddish culture cinema ever presented anywhere. (In full disclosure, I am pleased to have been asked to curate and moderate the film series.)

A century ago, Yiddish cinema began. It was seen as a way to convey Yiddish theater to the far ends of Europe. In Soviet Russia, it became a medium for Jewish expression in a Communist realm that first encouraged it and then later demanded ideological conformity. Throughout the 1930s, it continued as a creative force, both in the United States and in Poland, as a source of entertainment and a bulwark against assimilation. After World War II, Yiddish movies served to provide comfort to those in need of that consolation.

 
 
 
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