Arts & Culture: General
Teaneck’s Cedar Lane Family Festival offers activities for all, rain or shine, on Monday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival begins with a service at the Municipal Green. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a veterans’ tribute with a guest of honor, John E. McGilchrist, Vietnam veteran and retired New Jersey National Guard lieutenant colonel. Special guests include Sen. Frank Lautenberg, State Sen. Loretta Weinger, Angelo Badalmenti, Tina Cervasio, and Denise Richardson.
The Teaneck Community Chorus will perfom at 1:30. Butterflake Bakery sponsors a blueberry pie eating contest at 2 and there will be a pickle eating contest sponsored by Picklelicious at 2:30.
From 3 to 6, there will be a cabaret competition hosted by Heather O’Connor.
Throughout the day, there will be children’s activities from American Legion Drive to Elm Avenue.
Event sponsors are Butterflake, Picklelicious, and Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. For more information, go to www.cedarlane.netwww.cedarlane.net.
WARSAW, Poland — Krzysztof Sliwinski, a longtime Catholic activist in Jewish-Polish relations, gazed wide-eyed at the swooping interior of this city’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Nearly two decades in the making, the more than $100 million institution officially opens to the public this week amid a month of high-profile state-sponsored events marking the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
“It’s incredible, incredible, incredible how things have changed,” Sliwinski said. “I remember commemorations of the ghetto uprising under communism, when only a few people showed up. How good it was that we were optimistic.”
>Our community of Jews here in Shushan, Persia, has just had the pleasure of reading the newly written account of events that occurred last year, in 350 BCE, in our capital city and in surrounding towns in the kingdom of Ahasuerus: How an evil man, Haman, rose up against us and with the help of Mordecai and Queen Esther we were able to defeat him and all our enemies and make merry on the great day which we now call Purim.
This wonderful scroll, megillah in Hebrew, or the Book of Esther, has circulated widely and I now offer you my view of this wonderful narrative.
The political unrest that overthrew Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and empowered the opposition in other Arab countries has been called the Facebook Revolution because the opposition used Internet services like Facebook and YouTube to promote their causes and expose government crackdowns.
So The Jewish Standard asked Jonathan Golden of Drew University if the Internet is a factor in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Absolutely,” he said. “You’re seeing more Palestinians communicating with one another and trying to organize. I think they’re taking a page from the ‘Arab Spring.’ They are indeed trying to leverage the power of the Internet in order to organize.
The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., will hold its seventh annual Paper Bridge Arts Festival from July 10 to 14.
The five-day festival features concerts, theater, workshops, author lectures, and Yiddish film. Tours of the Yiddish Book Center’s repository and exhibits will be offered Sunday at 12:30 and Monday through Thursday at 1:30. Reservations are suggested for all performances.
Throughout the festival, authors will present lectures on a range of topics and preservationists will lead workshops on capturing oral histories, writing memoirs, and archiving ephemera. Yiddish translation sessions will be held Monday and Thursday at 4:30 p.m. A schedule of events follows.