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‘When comedy went to school’ investigates the secret of the Catskills

‘When comedy went to school’ investigates the secret of the Catskills

TO everyone under 40, and anyone outside of New York, the popular Catskills summer resorts of the mid-20th century must seem as distant, obscure and foreign as the Yiddish theatre.

Both institutions were important signposts in the history of Jews in America. Now, both belong more to the past than the present.

“When Comedy Went to School,” a new documentary by Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank and Lawrence Richards, picks a particular entry point to revisit the heyday of Grossinger’s and the many other hotels that catered to a primarily Jewish clientele: The multitude of Jewish stand-up comics who honed their routines on tough-to-please audiences, and eventually went on to success on television.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 September 2013 11:05 )

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Hiking through Israel at 63, feeling the footprints

Hiking through Israel at 63, feeling the footprints ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 10 AFTER miles of climbing the jagged edge of Israel’s Karbolet Mountain, wilting from the vertical and melting in 98-degree desert heat, we held the treasure map in our trembling fingers. This was not a map to Roman ruins or a friendly hikers’ hut, though there were plenty of those on our 600 mile route through the “Shvil.” What we sought was far more precious: Bottles of water, left by our outfitters, buried in sand as protection from desert pira...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:40 )

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Rosh Hashanah in the summer

Rosh Hashanah in the summerThe days are still long. The sun is still bright. Yet Rosh Hashanah is rapidly approaching. With its early arrival, it makes it hard to want to turn on the oven and heat the house. Labor Day is just days before Rosh Hashanah. It’s still grilling season. As a result of the early holiday, it allows for a change of foods and flavors. Embrace that Rosh Hashanah is early because you just might find that new favorite dish. Mary Fabrikant, owner of Le Vie Catering, recommends utilizing the summer p...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:58 )

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Formula One in Jerusalem: Accelerating past regulation

Formula One in Jerusalem: Accelerating past regulationTHERE is something different about taking a ride from Shlomi Bakish. Not only can he get from Haifa to Tel Aviv in half the time, but passengers also don’t feel the road. The car accelerates without strain. Unlike many Israeli drivers, Bakish doesn’t express rage when a slower car cuts him off. He sees his opportunity and easily passes on the right. It’s as though he’s driving in a race. For the past decade, talented Israeli drivers like Bakish were stranded in traffic by an unpopular ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:06 )

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After his heart attack, Grandpa rides bike 3,000 miles

After his heart attack, Grandpa rides bike 3,000 milesMike Samuelson, 67, doesn’t “fear the force of the wind, the slash of the rain.” He “[faces] them and [fights] them ... to walk like a man.” These are the words of Samuelson’s favorite childhood poem, “Do you fear the wind?” by Hamlin Garland, that are inspiring him to bike 3,000 miles on the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to New Mexico. Samuelson grew up in South Africa. He was a very active boy and teenager, always playing sports. In 1970, at the age of 20, he made aliy...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:53 )

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U.S., Israeli security advisers pledge ‘coordination’ on Iran talks

Ron Kampeas The United States and Israel will maintain “unprecedented coordination” as nuclear talks go forward with Iran, the White House said after a summit of the two nation’s security advisers. ... [Link]

U.S. officials banned from Old City on Friday

Ron Kampeas U.S. government officials are banned from entering Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. ... [Link]

Haaretz stands by its explosive Bibi cartoon

Julie Wiener Haaretz, often described as Israel’s New York Times, didn’t do itself any favors Thursday when it published a cartoon featuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flying a plane into the World Trad... [Link]

Peruvians arrest alleged Hezbollah operative

Ron Kampeas Israeli media reported that he allegedly was planning an attack on Jewish targets in Peru. ... [Link]

Top U.N. official urges Security Council to address Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Ron Kampeas His remarks could signal a readiness by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to champion a Palestinian bid for statehood in the wake of collapsed peace talks. ... [Link]

Kerry: Netanyahu slur is ‘disgraceful’

Ron Kampeas The secretary of state said the derogatory reference by an anonymous White House staffer is damaging and does not reflect the president or himself. ... [Link]

Temple Mount to reopen, but with restrictions

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration called on Israel to reopen the area to Muslim worshippers after it was closed in the wake of an assassination attempt on a Jewish activist. ... [Link]

Nathaniel Melnitsky gets real-world medical training in Guatemala

Raffi Wineburg The Florida teenager not only helped set up a clinic for poor people in Guatemala, he even gave eye exams and ran some tests like an EKG. ... [Link]

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