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Erasing the hate in Brooklyn
September 27, 2009, 8:29 am
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You’ve watched on these pages as I get all down on aspects of the Jewish community, maybe in the same way that Park Slope residents get unnerved by the shortcomings of their hood (baby stroller traffic jams, gentrification, etc.). So it’s nice every now and then when events conspire to somehow bring out the best in everyone.

I’m guessing that when Rabbi Bachman stood on the steps and blew his Jew-horn, it probably struck some divinely-branded electricity into these haterfolk…

These moments, where Jews represent themselves by acknowledging their interdependence with a larger community, seem so much more relevant than the inward-looking networking cocktails, cholents, Jewish singles events, and falafel noshes of yesteryear. I’m only sorry that it seemed to take equal-opportunity hate to bring out equal-opportunity love, but perhaps this can serve as a wake-up call.

local coverage here >>


Yom Kippur.


birthday, Ben E. King.

birthday, Confucius.


Mappa Mundi singer likes smoked fish, Hanco’s
April 1, 2009, 8:35 am
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Love it when separate joys collide: just found out that Mappa Mundi’s A-Lev has a soft spot in his heart for Hanco’s, smoked fish, and all manner of Red Hook / south Brooklyn treats.  

Haven’t even seen them play their beautiful-sounding chamber-core yet but starting to like these guys already. Check us out on the north side not next Tuesday, but the Tuesday after that, keeping it going till late.

Las Rubias at Barbès this Saturday

Las Rubias del Norte are playing at Barbès this Saturday, 3/28. It sounds like they’re going to be previewing some songs that they’re working on for their next album. Las Rubias includes Hebrew Schoolers Taylor Bergren-Chrisman and Giancarlo Vulcano on bass and guitar.

Every time I go to Barbès, there’s a group of bright-eyed young whippersnappers on their way in, one telling the other “have you been here yet?” It’s been around quite a while, but it’s somehow really that special kind of place– always an exciting new discovery.

The Rubias start at 10pm, but the 8pm band, Gato Loco looks like they’ll be very good, too (“Cuban son dance hits from the 1920s-1940s” + “amazing lineup of musicians”), so maybe I’ll come by early and have one of those hoppy beers they have there in the big tall glasses. Yum!

376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY
F train to 7th Ave. / R train to 9th St.

** also, tonight: catch The Dollars, a modern take on the music of Abdullah Ibrahim (a.k.a. Dollar Brand) at Le Grand Dakar restaurant in Fort Greene, 8:30pm

Protocols of the Hypertexts of Zion (Quick Quick Slow)
February 25, 2009, 8:37 am
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recovering the yiddish cha-cha [teruah]

the people of the magazine [n+1]

park slope food co-op to recommend that jewish members wear star of david [fips]

here comes the sun: jewish groups gear up for rare ritual [jta]

the quiet cabal behind the new jewish culture [new voices]

where alvy singer must have gone [umamimart]

bad news for jewcy and an update from zeek [my machberet]

Reminder: This Thursday at Union Hall

Wallace Berman, from “Image of the Wall”

Just a friendly reminder about Hebrew School’s show this Thursday.  With Jesse Rifkin’s Wailing Wall in the house and Joemca’s Poets, it’s going to be a ridiculously fun evening. Here again are the details…

Hebrew School
Joemca & the Poets
Wailing Wall

Union Hall
702 Union St. @ 5th Ave.
(Click here for a map.)
Brooklyn, NY  11215

Tickets: $8
Doors at 7:30, show 8:30

We can’t wait to see you.

“So Hebrew School, what did you do for Chanukah?”

Did you decorate your own Peeps this holiday season?

Did your day job have a Christmas tree? Can you still smell the pine?

Did you check out the lights in Dyker Heights?


Did you see the sunset on Boxing Day?


Have you ever played a version of dreydl involving sleeping wooden animals, where shin can win?

How about “Young Maccabees?”


Did you dress up in your special Santa fleece and act the fool?

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The pork, the park, the South (of Brooklyn)

Some images* and thoughts from the first weekend in 2008, which was a mild and beautiful one here in NYC.

First, I run into Yasmine Alwan in Park Slope. It’s been too long and it’s nice to see her.

Jill and I go to Two Boots in Brooklyn. I never realized until recently what Two Boots meant (the “boots” of Italy and Louisiana) though it’s apparent now in much of their imagery. Back in the day, I used to play here with Mike Mermin. Many happy memories. We eat oyster po’boys and steaks and share a pizza. We meet Tali Shmulovich and her 17-year-old brother John to see John’s guitar teacher’s band, a New Orleans-style mix of Dr. John-tinged blues and R&B.

Excellent musicianship abounds.

We dance.

The next morning (well, afternoon since it starts to get dark), Jill and I meet Yasmine in Prospect Heights for brunch. The area’s residents are infuriated by the large-scale ugly land development occurring here.

Jill helps me demo a new Hebrew School song which uses certain familiar liturgical lyrics (hint– the words can be sung to the tune of La Marseillaise or “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys, though we won’t, and we’re not).

We take a walk in Sunset Park (i.e., the park which is the neighborhood’s namesake). It continually acquires more and more beauty for me.

Directly above: Is this fountain a reified imaginary personification of the park?

…or is this?

The weekend is finished appropriately with pork ribs.

Is the park pork, or is the pork the punctum of the park?

* I found my camera, thus keeping my word about the new year.

Another post about Sunset Park.