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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Rabbi Dan Ain’s Six-Word-Memoir: “Beat Your Chest, Repeat After Me”

The Jewish holidays - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - are just around the corner. As part of our ongoing series that brings Smith Mag‘s fantastic Six-Word Memoir Project to life, 92YTribeca’s Rabbi-In-Residence Dan Ain took the stage at last week’s “Oy! Only Six? Why Not More?” a Six-Word Story Show on The Jewish Life.

His six-word memoir? “Beat Your Chest, Repeat After Me.” Lucky for you, we got it on tape. Above is Rabbi Dan’s take on High Holidays past and present. Curious? Check out 92YTribeca’s services led by none other than Rabbi Dan himself. More info, and tickets, here.

[Tribeca’s High Holidays with Rabbi Dan Ain with Cantorial Soloist Amanda Soled]

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Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Fun Facts: There Are More Than 250 Beehives In Manhattan

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Photo: Bee Hives in Battery Park, Manhattan / Credit: Tom Turner on Flickr

In conjunction with the new 92Y.org/Worlds campaign, we’ve got lots of fun facts to share with you. We will be doing that on a daily basis, here on the 92Y Blog and on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook!

Here’s today’s fun fact: There are more than 250 beehives in Manhattan. And as of last year, beekeepers in Manhattan are no longer outlaws!

During Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to eat apples and challah dipped in honey, a symbol of the sweetness we hope to enjoy during the coming year. Enjoy honey, apples and Rosh Hashanah at 92Y and 92YTribeca.

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Monday, July 11, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Sam Hoffman

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Sam Hoffman is the founder of OldJewsTellingJokes.com. He is not an “Old Jew” yet, but give him a couple more decades. He is however, the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A. On July 12, he’s coming to 92YTribeca to share videos from his site and reveal some of the best jokes about everything from rabbis to Jewish mothers.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
If I’m home I read The New York Times on paper. If I’m away I read it on my iPad. I still prefer the paper, though. It takes less time to load.

What are your favorite websites?
Of course I’m a fan of oldjewstellingjokes.com. I also have to admit to an addiction to metsblog.com. If you have the unfortunate habit of being a dedicated Mets fan, it’s the best way to punish yourself a few times a day.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I don’t use Twitter. I’ll check in with Facebook occasionally. I think the novelty is fading, though, now that I know what all the children of my elementary school acquaintances look like.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch: Q&A With Rabbi Dan Ain

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Are you a Twitter or Facebook person?

Dan Ain, 92YTribeca’s Rabbi in residence, prefers Twitter. But he thinks Facebook has its moments. “...it can be,” he told us in the latest 92Y Culture Klatsch, “an InTouch or a People Magazine for the people that you do care about.”

Speaking of Twitter, just a short while ago, Rabbi Dan Ain inquired there: “Can we find a space to talk about #God in this town?”

We can and will this Friday, when 92YTribeca Rabbi in residence Dan Ain and Bill McGarvey host a Shabbat dinner at 92YTribeca with discussion about faith and culture.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?

Certainly not Cable TV. Drudge, The New York Times, Zerohedge, Al Jazeera, Haaretz, Russia Today, The Huffington Post, Google News and local papers. I think it’s important to listen to as many sides as possible and try to get an understanding of what it is they believe (or want to believe or want us to believe that they believe) is going on.

When a story breaks, I try to find a news source that’s as close to the situation as possible and yet still somewhat reliable - like a local paper, blogger or radio station (which I get via the “tune-in radio” app).

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Importance Of Barrel Aging Whiskey

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Photo of whiskey barrels from Flickr user thirtyfootscrew

Jason Wilson, spirits writer at The Washington Post, has penned a fascinating article about the importance of barrel aging whiskey:

Barrel aging is one of the most noteworthy aspects of whiskey making. It endlessly fascinates me that producers will take a clear “white dog” whiskey off the still at eyebrow-singeing proof, pour it into a barrel and let the liquid sit and mellow inside the wood — sometimes for decades.

Magical things happen inside that barrel in terms of flavor, texture and aroma. Beyond what sort of wood is used, the location of where the barrel sits in the warehouse matters greatly — a barrel sitting at ground level ages differently than one resting on a higher floor. In this way, the warehouse becomes a man-made terroir — similar to a winery, in which grapes from different geographic locations will take on different characteristics.

I’ve previously discussed the importance of aging and blending in the process of making whiskey. The craft of distillation is certainly of utmost importance — if mediocre whiskey comes off the still, it’s not going to get better after 10 years in a barrel. But how whiskey ages in a barrel is just as critical.

Read the rest of the article here, and then mark your calendar for the Whiskey Social & Havdalah at 92YTribeca on June 11. 92YTribeca Executive Chef Russell Moss will prepare tasty appetizers while you enjoy sips from a selection of scotches and even a little Jewish ritual from Rabbi in residence Dan Ain. Tickets are available here.

[92YTribeca Jewish Life]

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Thursday, May 05, 2011
The Best Jewish Voices On Twitter

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The Huffington Post has a neat post highlighting “some of the best Jewish voices on Twitter,” and 92YTribeca’s own Rabbi Dan made the list!

“More and more members of the world’s faith communities,” The Huffington Post wrote, “are taking to the internet and social media in order to connect with fellow believers.” See the 14 members of the Jewish faith highlighted.

In addition to his Twitter account, you can also follow Rabbi Dan on his Tumblr.

If you want to attend the Shabbat dinner Rabbi Dan posted about on his Twitter in the screengrab seen at top, tickets are available here.

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Friday, April 08, 2011
Google Exodus: What If Moses Had Facebook?

Aish.com has produced this fun video, “What if Moses had Facebook?”, showing a web-based story of Passover. “FAKE!!!,” a YouTube commenter wrote. “His iGoogle says he’s from Los Angeles @ 0:42. Obviously not the real Moses.”

Of course, you can celebrate Passover at 92nd Street Y or 92YTribeca with a variety of events.

Previously:

  • 92YTribeca Purim: More Than Just Some Hamantaschen
  • Jake Gyllenhall Hides The Afikomen

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    Monday, March 21, 2011
    92YTribeca Purim: More Than Just Some Hamantaschen

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    How was your Purim this weekend? Did you get married? Andrea Kussack and Jeremy Berman did, upstairs from 92YTribeca, after meeting at a Purim party here in 2008. Watch their New York Times Vows video

    And don’t forget our Passover Seder on April 19. You might find more than the afikomen.

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    Thursday, March 17, 2011
    Jake Gyllenhall Hides The Afikomen

    Cue fawning: In this video we spotted on Jezebel, Jake Gyllenhall hides the afikomen for Shalom Sesame, a Sesame Street series about Judaism. “The afikomen,” Jake explains, “is a piece of mazza you eat for dessert at the Passover seder. Before you can finish the seder, you have to find it.”

    If you attend one seder this year, make it the second one—at 92YTribeca. You can engage on your own terms, ask anything, eat (or not eat) many things and find your own meaning in this elaborate and multi-layered Passover ritual. See the incredible smorgasbord of food that will be served, below.

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    Guess What Happens When? (It Rhymes With Durham)

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    92Y Blog readers, come on down! You’re the next contestants on Guess What Happens When™!

    Ok, you only get one guess here. Please leave it in the comments below.

    What do you get when you mix drink specials, carnival games, arcade games, Hamantaschen, a costume contest and prizes, at a party hosted by comedian Wayne Federman, along with I Love Vinyl DJs Jon Oliver and DJ Scribe?

    If you want a hint, we can tell you the first word in the event name rhymes with a city in North Carolina and the event is taking place at 92YTribeca this weekend. Leave your guess in the comments! The answer can be found below by highlighting or clicking the space in between the brackets.

    [Purim Carnival: I Love Vinyl (Couches), Hosted by Wayne Federman]

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    Thursday, February 03, 2011
    Are You Head-Over-Heels Or Heartbroken?

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    Photo Credit: Kirti Podar/Flickr

    Chocolate doesn’t care whether you’re single, searching, or super-committed. A sweet for your sweetheart, a comfort for the dumped — it has long been associated with love and romance.

    At their Chocolate Shabbat Dinner on Feb 11, 92YTribeca’s Rabbi-in-Residence Dan Ain and Rabbinic Intern Adena Kemper will give the lowdown on some of the Torah’s greatest love affairs and most dangerous liaisons at the which would make even the editors of Us Weekly blush. Afterward, dine on a special Shabbat meal created to enhance the unique flavor notes of chocolate and enjoy a not-to-be-missed chocolate dessert tasting (four different kinds of chocolate paired with four unique and flavorful drinks) led by 92YTribeca Head Chef Russell Moss. See the dinner and chocolate menu below. 

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    Tuesday, December 07, 2010
    What You Missed: Beer + Latkes = Fun Times

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    92YTribeca’s 3rd annual Beer + Latke Hanukkah Celebration took place last week. Those in attendance sampled the classic and innovative latke creations of 92YTribeca head chef and culinary daredevil Russell Moss, alongside carefully chosen beer selections handpicked by cicerone (beer expert) Dan Moss. Then they held a fierce dreidel competition and a Hanukkah trivia contest! Check out the photo album on 92YTribeca’s Flickr.

    It was fun, but don’t be to hard on yourself if you missed it. Chinese and a Movie, featuring Airplane! and The Naked Gun—with an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet!—will happen December 25.

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    Tuesday, November 30, 2010
    Grand Revival of the Jewish National Holiday of Chanucka

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    Children from the School of Music play songs in the lobby of 92nd Street Y during Hanukkah in the 1950s

    While Hanukkah celebrations in America probably date back over 350 years ago when Jews first came here, they developed a formal flair in the late 19th Century with social clubs in New York. Such as one in 1863 at Irving Hall under the auspices of the Orpheus Club, reported in The New York Times as a “Fancy Ball and Masquerade.”

    In 1995, historian Jonathan Sarna published an essay titled “A Great Awakening,” that included the first celebration in the 92nd Street Y’s history (then called the YMHA):

    Of primary significance, for our purposes, was their campaign, carried out in association with the YMHA of New York (founded in 1874), for the “Grand Revival of the Jewish National Holiday of Chanucka,” complete with appropriate pageants and publicity. This was an effort “to rescue this national festival from the oblivion into which it seemed rapidly falling,” and was a direct challenge to Reform Judaism, which had renounced national aspects of Judaism as antithetical to the modern spirit; presumably, the campaign also sought to counteract the evident allure of Christmas. In 1879, the “revival” proved a triumphant success. “Every worker in the cause of a revived Judaism,” one of the organizers wrote, “must have felt the inspiration exuded from the enthusiastic interest evinced by such a mass of Israel’s people.”

    The New York Times reported on this occasion as well and noted: “The throng that assembled in the Academy last evening completely filled the building...The evening’s entertainment included a series of tableaux, interspersed with Hebrew melodies, the whole followed by a ball.”

    That spirit lives on today with our annual Hanukkah Festival, this year on Dec 5, a family favorite and highlight of the season.

    For the downtown set, we’re having a Beer + Latke Hanukkah Party on Thursday before Soulfarm and Pharaoh’s Daughter play at 92YTribeca as part of the 6th Annual Sephardic Music Festival.




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    Thursday, November 18, 2010
    Beer + Latkes Hanukkah Celebration

    imageThe holidays are right around the corner, (yah!) and 92YTribeca is back with some old favorites and new traditions. For example, everybody’s favorite (and the city’s only) Beer + Latkes Hanukkah Celebration returns on December 2 for a memorable night.

    First, we’ll taste the innovative latke creations of 92YTribeca head chef and culinary daredevil Russell Moss, alongside carefully chosen beer selections handpicked by cicerone (beer expert) Dan Moss. Then, a fierce dreidel competition and Hanukkah trivia contest!

    And finally, you’ll enjoy chocolate gelt and sufganiyot (traditional jelly donuts). OH YAH. See you there.

    [Beer + Latkes Hanukkah Celebration]

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    Wednesday, November 03, 2010
    Global Day of Jewish Learning

    imageRabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “I tried to make pathways through which people will be able to enter the Talmud without encountering impassable barriers.”

    This Sunday, Rabbi Steinsaltz will formally conclude his 45-year project to produce a Hebrew translation of the Babylonian Talmud and to mark the occasion hundreds of Jewish communities around the world will celebrate with a Global Day of Jewish Learning. JTA reports:

    For Steinsaltz, the Talmud is not a rarefied tome that should remain in the hands of experts, but the foundational text of Judaism itself. As a teacher who has spent his life bringing Jewish knowledge to students around the world, most notably through the Aleph Society he founded, Steinsaltz says he could not ignore the challenge of opening the Talmud for as many Jews as he could.

    “The Talmud is the central pillar of Jewish knowledge, important for the overall understanding of what is Jewish,” he told JTA. “But it is a book that Jews cannot understand. This is a dangerous situation, like a collective amnesia. I tried to make pathways through which people will be able to enter the Talmud without encountering impassable barriers. It’s something that will always be a challenge, but I tried to make it at least possible.”

    A major part of studying Talmud is working through the accompanying rabbinic commentaries, which guide as well as confound those who tackle the books. In addition to his straight translation of the original Talmud text, Steinsaltz added his own commentary, in Hebrew, alongside the text, as his contemporary take on the ancient debates.

    The 92nd Street Y is proud to be the flagship location for this once in a lifetime day. We will present a full day of panel discussions, broadcast via satellite throughout the United States and Canada, focusing on the themes of Leadership, Prayer, God and Love, with participants such as Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbi Leon Morris, Rabbi Jennifer Krause, David Ellenson, Richard Joel, Arnold Eisen and many more.

    At our downtown location in Tribeca, we are partnering with Limmud to offer a variety of learning options for both kids and adults.




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