Exhibit is meant to counter stereotypes of Jewish moms

July 9, 2006 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Fun | Leave a comment

(San Jose Mercury News) Photographer Lloyd Wolf looked at the negative stereotypes of Jewish mothers in TV shows such as “Seinfeld” and books such as Philip Roth’s “Portnoy’s Complaint” and did not like what he saw.

“There was no positive material on Jewish mothers,” he said. “It didn’t correspond to reality.”

To remedy the problem, Wolf and writer Paula Wolfson decided to interview and photograph dozens of women across the country, “from very alternative to very orthodox types of people.” The project yielded portraits of real, capable women: midwife Alice Bailes, who calmly delivers a squealing infant; grandmother Sydell Laskowitz, posing at her bat mitzvah at age 101; doctor Rachel Eitches, proudly breast-feeding her twin daughters.

Read more at http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/state/15000097.htm


Hasidic Rapper Strives To Stay Atop the Charts

March 9, 2006 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Fun | Leave a comment

(Forward) This may be hard for some people to believe, but there was a time when MTV did not feature a Lubavitch Hasid in regular rotation.

In just three short years, Matisyahu, also known as the Hasidic reggae superstar, has become a veritable phenomenon of Jewish and American pop culture.

Read more at http://www.forward.com/articles/7459

Sharon Stone offers kisses for peace in Israel

March 8, 2006 at 11:10 am | Posted in Fun, Israel | Leave a comment

Sharon Stone is ready to do her part for Mideast peace: The steamy American actress said Wednesday she “would kiss just about anybody” to end the Israel-Arab conflict.

Read more at http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1139395563825

New Year for the Trees!

February 13, 2006 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Announcements, Fun | Leave a comment

Today marks the Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for trees. The YDA Jewish Caucus wanted to share some information on this little known holiday and encourage everyone to celebrate by making sure they recycle and protect the environment:)

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Jewish networking site offers youths a chance to b-linked

January 30, 2006 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Fun | Leave a comment

(Boston Herald) There’s nothing like the Internet for quick connections. With a click of the mouse, it will bring you to thousands of other spiritually stressed-out teens faster than you can say “Shalom.”

BBYO (B’nai B’rith Youth Organization) has been touting survey results that show 68 percent of teens say religion is important to them, but 92 percent want a better connection with their faith. In response, BBYO has created b-linked.org, a Jewish MySpace for high-schoolers. Features include a personal profile, “shout outs” to friends, message boards and even help with the ruthless college search.

Read more at http://theedge.bostonherald.com/teenNews/view.bg?articleid=123509

Study finds why Jewish mothers are so important

January 13, 2006 at 10:42 pm | Posted in Fun | Leave a comment

(Reuters) Four Jewish mothers who lived 1,000 years ago in Europe are the ancestors of 40 percent of all Ashkenazi Jews alive today, an international team of researchers reported on Friday.

The genetic study of DNA paints a vivid picture of human evolution and survival, and correlates with the well-established written and oral histories of Jewish migrations, said Dr. Doron Behar of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, who worked on the study.

Read more at http://today.reuters.co.uk/News/NewsArticle.aspx?

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