Simchat Torah service at Temple Emanuel, Cherry Hill, NJ, on October 7 included a Torah hakafah (procession) and the unrolling of one of our oldest Torah scrolls, a 250-year old Czechoslovakian Torah that survived the Holocaust. It’s the first time in many years that we’ve completely unrolled a Torah, and members chanted from each book in the Torah. See the video below.
In Feb 2011, as part of an intimate meeting with Mark S. Golub, president of Shalom TV and host of the network’s signature talk show, “L’Chayim,” Hamlisch sat at his piano and recreated his composing the haunting title song of the Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford classic, “The Way We Were.”
The American Jewish composer also spoke about his Jewish childhood and background and the influence of Jewish music on his work. You can watch an excerpt from the interview in the player below.
With news that 90,000 Orthodox Jews gathered in Met Life Stadium in the Meadowlands to celebrate the Siyyum haShas, the completion of a seven year Daf Yomi cycle of Talmud study, we were reminded of one of our 2005 CompuSchmooze columns.
In that April 2005 column, we interviewed Yehuda Schmidman, who recognized the power of Apple’s iPod to expand opportunities for Talmud study by offering an iPod pre-loaded with shiurim, commentaries on the Talmud by a respected Talmud scholar.
We also produced one of our earliest podcasts from our interview with Schmidman, which you can revisit here in honor of the completion of the current Daf Yomi cycle.
Congregation Mikveh Israel, the second oldest synagogue in North America, honored its retiring parnas (synagogue president) Leon Levy with the first Haym Solomon Award at a gala banquet at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Sunday, December 4. The Sephardic synagogue, founded in 1740, is located at 4th and Market Streets in Philadelphia. Continue reading
Ted Mann, digital media director for Gannett newspapers in New Jersey, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey in Voorhees, Camden County, on June 1, 2011. Mann discussed the digital changes and technology innovations rocking the news media industry, and its impact on traditional print newspapers. You can read Ted’s blog, TurkeyMonkey and learn more about him professionally.
Mann was introduced by Steve Lubetkin, the Voice’s technology columnist.
A sad postscript to the cautionary comments in Ted’s keynote is the post on his blog July 10, announcing that he had killed Gannett’s hyperlocal effort, InJersey.com, with a detailed explanation of why it went dark.
The Jewish Community Foundation Inc. honored the Raymond and Gertrude R. Saltzman Foundation for its philanthropy in the South Jersey Jewish Community by showing a tribute video at its annual dinner in Cherry Hill, NJ, on May 24, 2011.
JCF, the planned giving and endowment arm of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, engaged Lubetkin Global Communications to produce the video tribute to Gertrude (Ruth) Saltzman.
Saltzman’s philanthropic bequest began the foundation with $25 million, which has grown fourfold to more than $100 million since the Saltzman Foundation’s inception.
The foundation has been the principal funder for many significant projects in the South Jersey Jewish community, including the Lion’s Gate continuing care retirement community and the Saltzman House senior apartment housing; the Jewish Federation campus; and scholarship funding for the Politz Day School and Kellman Brown Academy, two Jewish day schools.
You can watch the Saltzman tribute video in this player.
In the latest in a series of video podcasts on health topics, Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey presents Dr. Allen Seftel, head of the urology division of Cooper Health System, discusses men’s urinary and prostate health and men’s sexuality.
The program, recorded in at the Katz JCC on April 10, 2011, is introduced by Sherry Wolkoff, director of communications and marketing for Samost JFCS, and a contributor to this blog.
Caution: This program contains a frank discussion of men’s sexuality and may not be suitable for all viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
Voice computer columnist Steve Lubetkin produces a podcast series of interviews with authors and other creative professionals called the Middle Chamber Books and Music Podcast.
In this episode of the podcast, Steve interviewed East Brunswick resident Michael Kesler, Ph.D., author of Shards of War: Fleeing To & From Uzbekistan, his memoir of the harrowing experience he and his sister Luba encountered as Jewish teenagers fleeing the Ukraine ahead of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. After the war, they returned to their hometown of Dubno and found all 8,000 Jews, including their parents and relatives, in mass graves, and their home taken over by Ukrainians.
Blinded by glaucoma in 2006, Michael edited and published his late wife Regina’s memoir, GRIT: A Pediatrician’s Odyssey From a Soviet Camp to Harvard, and is currently at work on a novel about a family’s struggle with cancer.