By Michelle Albert
- A new children’s book tells the story of how Max Yasgur, a Jewish dairy farmer in Bethel, NY, allowed half a million people to camp out in his backyard for Woodstock, which would become a defining moment in rock and roll history. [Haaretz]
- Jewish summer camps upload thousands of pictures to their websites each day for anxious parents to appreciate. Is this digital link smothering the camp experience? [Forward]
- Comedian Richard Herring defends his show “Hitler Mustache” in the Guardian. [Guardian]
- Tablet takes an in-depth look at the lives of Israel’s mafia. [Tablet]
- Though Iran has been working on creating enriched uranium since 2007, the US State Department registered their doubt that scientists in Tehran could create “weapon-grade material” before 2013. [WashingtonPost]
- Kristen Davis, of “Sex and the City” fame, was dropped from her position as spokesperson for Oxfam International for her work with Ahava cosmetics, a company based in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. [Jewcy]
- Charlene Yi (girlfriend of Michael Cera) talks to Heeb about her new movie Paper Heart and her undeniable attraction to Jewish guys. [Heeb]
Posted in Arts & Culture, Politics
Tagged Charlene Yi, Haaretz, Iran, Israel, Jewish Summer Camp, Michael Cera, Nuclear Weapons, Oxfam International, Washington Post, West Bank, Woodstock
By Marista Lane
This year for the first time, a Passover Peep show was entered into the Washington Post’s third annual “Peeps Show.” Over 30 dioramas made with traditional bunny and chick peeps marshmallow candies (normally considered an Easter tradition) were made for the contest. Number 32 on the slideshow is “A Very Peeps Passover” by Nycole Klein and Chris Patton of Chantilly, Va. Here’s what they said of their creation:
“Who says Peeps are just for Easter?” writes Klein. “Our Peeps have sat down to a traditional Passover Seder, complete with the requisite Passover Haggadah (prayer book), Seder plate, candles, matzo and lots of wine. As an added bonus, the Afikomen is hidden somewhere in the room!”
Number 20 on the slideshow is a creation of Bernard Madoff’s final day in his office, “Bernard Peepoff: The Game is Up” by Heather Kelly and Scott Fay of Berkeley, Calif., and Michael Mavretic of Washington D.C. Most of the dioramas are pop culture references and news stories. Tthe whole slideshow can be seen here.
Despite the controversial prisoner swap two weeks ago and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s ongoing trial, this has been a relatively quiet summer of Israeli news coverage in American papers.
Surely this is because of the ongoing, if shaky, cease-fire. Although we all have our own opinions of Israeli politics (and it isn’t for us at Moment to editorialize), certainly we can all agree that it is nice to see articles about anything other than acts of violence.
Without having to run around the scenes of bombings or shootouts, reporters have time to write more in-depth, wide-lensed stories. For example, the Post ran diplomatic correspondent Glenn Kessler’s article about Arab states’ unfulfilled aid to Palestinians. (Also see the graphic that ran alongside.) Continue reading
Yesterday’s Washington Post featured a front-page article on Barack Obama’s inner circles of advisors and friends.
Although the article focused on the Chicago-based commonality in Obama’s circles, we couldn’t help but notice another fascinating attribute they all had in common: The innermost circle that the Post assembled (which can easily be viewed in the accompanying graphic) is comprised of seven people, all of whom are minorities.
Four of the seven—John W. Rogers Jr., Valerie B. Jarrett, Eric Whitaker and Martin Nesbitt—are African American. The other three—David Axelrod, James Crown and Penny S. Pritzker—are Jewish. Continue reading