Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Do you enjoy watching Top Chef, but think there is way too much pork involved? Are you famous for a particular, tantalizingly delicious kosher recipe? Do you smile coyly when people compliment said dish? Do you never let on that it’s actually quite simple and prepared in one hour or less? Does that recipe include Manischewitz Ready To Serve broth? If so, send it in! Five rising chefs will be sent to New York for a live Cook-Off showdown. Enter through January 31, 2010; finalists will be chosen in February leading up to the March finale in New York City.
And, as a personal favor to any hopefuls reading the blog, if anyone wants to do a couple of test runs before sending their recipes to Manischewitz, I offer my services as an official “Delicious Dish Taste Tester. ”
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
All visitors are encouraged to bring their own canned goods to donate.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
A while back, we blogged about the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia taking votes on the first 18 luminaries inducted into its Only in America Gallery. Recently, the results of this vote were revealed.
And they are...
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Leonard Bernstein (pictured... can you tell he was one of my votes?)
Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Isaac Mayer Wise
Golda Meir (She immigrated from Kiev to Milwaukee in 1906, and lived there for 15 years before leaving for Palestine)
As museum director and CEO Michael Rosenzweig points out, it is interesting to note that many of these people were born outside of the United States, emphasizing the importance of the immigrant narrative in American Jewry. The gallery will be part of the museum's core exhibition when it opens on Independence Mall in 2010. And don’t worry, if one of your favorites didn’t make the “Top 18”, the museum says it will choose a different group of 18 Jewish Americans to be featured in the exhibit in the future.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Four Seasons Lodge, which will open next month at the IFC Center in the West Village, tells the story of a community of Holocaust survivors who founded a vacation colony in the Catskills. For decades they gathered; the film follows what may be their final summer together. The film documents the Lodgers' passion for living, the tightly bonded friendships that have been forged over the years, and their quest for inner peace. “This is our revenge,” one camper explains. “To live this long, this well, is a victory.”
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Pictured here: Sally with students from the Satellite Academy in Manhattan. The students came to tour the Museum, especially items relating to the genocide in Darfur. After the tour led by Sally, students heard from Motasim Adam, president of the Darfur People’s Association of New York City, and wrote letters of hope to children in Darfur.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
For over four years, Munoz and his family have been feeding those in need 365 days a year. Every weeknight, after he gets home from his job as a bus driver, he brings home-cooked dinners to a designated corner in Jackson Heights and gives food to whomever shows up. On Saturdays he does the same for breakfast, and on Sundays (“his day off”) he brings sandwiches. Munoz estimates that food and gas cost approximately $400 to $450 a week; he and his family are currently funding the operation (now a non-profit called An Angel in Queens) through their savings and his weekly $700 paycheck. To date, he estimates he's served more than 70,000 meals.
So why does Jorge devote so much time to people he doesn’t even know? "I have a stable job, my mom, my family, a house... everything I want, I have. And these guys [don't]. So I just think, 'OK, I have the food.' At least for today they're going to have a meal to eat."
Bravo, Mr. Munoz.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
As an example of this imaginative and original choreography, check out “Coupling,” choreographed by Daniel Gwirtzman. Tickets are still available for Tribe: I hope I’ll see you there next week.
Monday, October 12, 2009
This weekend’s Wall Street Journal includes both a review and an excerpt of the book. As the review says, anyone who has been in a department store lately will appreciate the old world charm and superior customer service outlined in the book, which is a warm and compelling account of how Sternberg’s parents, Erich and Lea, fled from Nazi Germany to the United States, embraced their new home, and together with their children built Goudchaux’s into a Baton Rouge legend. The store that eventually became Goudchaux’s/Maison Blanche was an independent retail force during the golden era of the department store and, by 1989, the largest family-owned department store in America.
Following the discussion, please join us for a reception.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Question: Where does a Museum professional go on her day off?
Answer: A museum.
Yesterday was a much appreciated vacation day and I decided to travel upstate a spell to go to Hyde Park. Not only is it a particularly gorgeous area (especially in the fall), but it is home to Springwood, FDR’s family home. Modest as far as mansions go, Springwood ‘s 1945 furnishings truly reflect the personalities of FDR and his mother, Sarah. (Eleanor, apparently, could not wrest aesthetic control of the home away from her mother-in-law, even after Sarah’s death in 1941.)
Adjacent to the mansion is the FDR Presidential Library and museum. Contained therein were personal mementos from the Roosevelt family, the White House (including the president’s desk replete with about a hundred tchotchkes), and even items belonging to adorable little Fala, the Roosevelts’ Scottish terrier. And though it was a day away from work, items pertaining to my professional life seemed to find me. As I ooh-ed and ah-ed over Eleanor Roosevelt’s jewelry collection (it has been said that if you ever need to find me, look for the jewelry), I was pleased to see a silver filigree necklace that had been given to the first lady by her dear friend, Elinor Morgenthau, wife of Henry Morgenthau, Jr..
Henry (who himself has a number of objects in the Roosevelt Museum) was Roosevelt’s Secretary of the Treasury and father to MJH chairman Robert M. Morgenthau. Their extraordinary family will be the subject of the exhibition The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service opening November 16.
The trip was indeed a day well-spent. The personal artifacts told the story of a tumultuous and fascinating 12 years in office, as well as the life of a family who overcame enormous personal obstacles. Of course, Roosevelt’s presidency is not without controversy, including his actions leading up to and during World War II. Six decades since his death, this debate is nowhere near solved. We will be examining this often polarizing figure in December at a panel discussion FDR and the Jews.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Later in the day, Betsy sent this article from New York Magazine’s Daily Intel. Commenters on the site speculate what kept the panda away for so long—was it maternity leave? A bamboo juice detox? A Chinatown getaway? We may never know, but we are very happy to have our panda back.
Photo: Lisa Johnson via Gothamist.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Voices of Liberty features brief oral histories of people from different backgrounds and generations relaying their experiences of immigrating to America and their experiences of adapting and becoming an American. There are several stations featuring different themes (i.e., Arriving, First Impressions, Adapting). Each of us got an iPod Touch and a headset. At every themed station, there is a transmitter that sends photos of the speakers and their particular stories to the iPod.
The technology made listening to these stories such a personal experience—as if the people were speaking directly to me, sharing their struggles and lack of freedoms in their home countries and the gratitude and pride they have about their new home here. While viewing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the background, I was very proud, too, both of my Museum and my country. I can’t wait to move on to the “beta test”.
Monday, October 5, 2009
One particularly wonderful episode is called “Deaths-Head Revisited,” which was written as the Eichman trial was going on in 1961. In the episode, a former Nazi captain returns to Dachau where he is put on trial by the ghosts of his victims. The ghosts retain their dignity and humanity and sentence him not to death or to torture, but to remember the atrocities he perpetuated on others. It drives the captain insane, which prompts his doctor to ask why Dachau still stands. This is the closing sentiment delivered by Rod Serling.
"All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes — all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk God’s Earth."
Friday, October 2, 2009
If you find yourself downtown this week, we invite you to visit a sukkah located around the Museum. There is one at Bowling Green Park right in front of the old Federal Customs House on Monday, October 5 and at the Battery Park Synagogue (380 Rector Place) Saturday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Families of all ages are welcome to visit the JCP Downtown Sukkot block party this Sunday, or stop by their sukkah afternoons and evenings this week. The block party will include live music, arts and crafts, and more.
You can also stop by the Museum to check out the extraordinary Steinberger sukkah on the first floor. Hand-painted by canter Aryeh Steinberger, the seven-paneled masterpiece was hidden in the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest during the war. It is still a precious family heirloom and is visited by Aryeh’s heirs. (Before you visit, please do take note of our holiday hours.)