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Once fixtures at Wrigley Field, Orthodox Jewish vendors are dwindling

Once fixtures at Wrigley Field, Orthodox Jewish vendors are dwindling

CHICAGO — Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team.

But there’s one little-known quirk at Wrigley that appears to be fading away as the ballpark, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last week, enters its second century: the numerous Orthodox Jewish vendors who sell food and drinks in the stands.

A few subtle signs could give them away: a stray tzitzit strand flapping out of a jersey, a name tag reading Simcha, the mincha prayer minyan that used to take place in the outfield stands before or after games.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:46 )

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Gary Rosenthal’s Judaica

Gary Rosenthal’s Judaica WHEN Gary Rosenthal began his career as a sculptor in 1974, Shabbat candlesticks and menorahs were usually made of brass, silver or the predictable Israeli blue patina — and strictly functional. Same thing with mezuzzot and seder plates. A Havdalah set? What was that? And Rosenthal himself was simply a budding sculptor with no particular bent to his work. He created sculptures that reflected hobbies, trophies and awards. His largest account at the time, though, was the Kennedy Center in Washi...
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Wronged Olympians to get their due

Wronged Olympians to get their dueBALTIMORE — Nancy Glickman was a teenager when she heard the story about her father at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin: Marty Glickman and another Jewish sprinter, Sam Stoller, were replaced as members of the 400-meter relay team for the US squad on the morning of the event. Asking her father about the slight one night, he pulled out his uniform from the bottom drawer of a large dresser to display it. Right there, Nancy Glickman requested the item be bequeathed to her when he died. Marty ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 08:35 )

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Globetrotters, Jewish history, artist memoir

Globetrotters, Jewish history, artist memoir PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION C PAGE 10 For the IJN Passover Edition, Chris Leppek reviews three new books: Thicker Than Paint, The Story of the Jews and The Legend of Red Klotz. MANY in Denver, especially members of this city’s arts and Jewish communites, knew Sandra Wittow as an artist of significant skill and unique vision. She exhibited in many venues, including many times in the Denver Art Museum, and although she never attained the status she aspired to — and probably deserved — ...
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Former Nuggets coach Larry Brown barely missed March Madness with SMU

Former Nuggets coach Larry Brown barely missed March Madness with SMUBALTIMORE — Before leading the Southern Methodist University men’s basketball team onto the practice court Sunday afternoon, March 16, coach Larry Brown spent a few moments in his office with several of his six grandchildren visiting from Charlotte, NC. The day being Purim, Brown was asked whom he was masquerading as. “I’m dressed like a coach,” the straitlaced Brown responded. Not an NCAA Tournament coach, as it turned out this season. Brown had hoped later that day to figurativel...
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