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Irony defines Jewish cool


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A marriage of hip and Jewish that emerged in the late 1990s has redefined religious identity for irony-loving 20- and 30-somethings from New York to Los Angeles and beyond. They flock to all-night multimedia celebrations of Jewish holidays; fill nightclubs where Jewish storytellers are the headlining act; start magazines, journals and Web sites – all while wearing a wide array of irreverent clothing. Among the edgier items is a bra made out of yarmulkes. Traditional Jewish leaders who for years have been wringing their hands over declining religious observance among young people and rising intermarriage rates are hardly rejoicing at the trend. For them, it is a superficial fad as welcome as a Hanukkah bush. But the young entrepreneurs spearheading these new ventures say their elders should look beneath the kitsch. There, they say, is the modern-day answer to the question that has vexed Jews for generations: how to keep the religion alive. “Our mission is to promote Jewish literacy and to empower people to take it on their own terms,” said Amichai Lau-Lavie, 36, president of Storahtelling, whose shows are an explosion of traditional ritual and contemporary performance. He sometimes goes onstage dressed as a woman, Hadassah Gross, a Jewish motivational speaker whose motto is “a little bit of irreverence is very good for battling irrelevance.” “We use edu-tainment. We make them laugh. It’s 95 percent humor, culture, radical fun, and 5 percent meaning. If they want more, they’ll come back next time,” Lau-Levie said. This is what vibrant religious life looks like in one corner of American Judaism: A T-shirt that says “W.W.B.D.?” above a sketch of Barbra Streisand. A man in drag teaching Torah. A Web site called Mazal Tov Cocktail, a self-described “encyclopaedia of Jewish radical culture” represented by a flaming rag inside a bottle of Manischewitz. The significance of this debate within the community cannot be overstated. Jewish groups have spent millions of dollars researching how they can prevent young people from abandoning their faith – which studies have found they are doing in steadily increasing numbers. Community leaders have started programs ranging from free Israel trips to singles dances to hip cafes for the younger generation. But these efforts, while achieving some success, haven’t come close to the popularity of the outlets young people have devised for themselves. Storahtelling is booked around the country. “Heeb,” the quarterly magazine most identified with the trend, printed 25,000 copies of its latest issue. It’s also trying to diversify into other media and continuing to sponsor sold-out literary events that have expanded from the United States to London and Berlin. “What we’re doing is creating Jewish experiences where there otherwise weren’t (any),” said Heeb editor Josh Neuman, 33, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it led to Jews marrying more Jews. I wouldn’t be surprised if it led to Jews becoming more Jewish. But it’s definitely not the goal. This audience feels so comfortable because people feel they’re not being manipulated for some larger agenda.” No one disputes that these events are attracting young people who previously had little or no contact with the Jewish community. However, traditional leaders say it is difficult to see what the happenings provide other than a good time. The IKAR worship community in Los Angeles was formed last year by 31-year-old Rabbi Sharon Brous, who also is involved with Reboot. The group is religiously traditional, with worship in Hebrew, but rejects the conventional synagogue approach, partly by making volunteer work and social justice advocacy a central activity. “We wanted to provoke a cultural shift,” said Brous, a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, who organizes members partly using the model of MoveOn.org, the liberal political group, holding house parties to discuss religious and social issues, and coordinating events through the Web. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


The clash gets underway at 745pm and a positive r


first_imgThe clash gets underway at 7.45pm and a positive result would hand Justin Holbrook’s side the League Leaders’ Shield.What’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 4.30pm.Turnstiles – Open at 5pm.Academy Championship – Saints take on their Newcastle counterparts at 5.15pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from around 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Fans in the West Stand can continue to get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A-Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game and at half time.Bucket Collection – Dig deep for Prostate Cancer UK who are collecting around the ground and in the Hospitality areas.SeatServe – We are continuing to link up with SeatServe to offer a trial of a new in-seat, food and drink delivery service on matchday. The SeatServe app, which enables fans to order food and drinks from their smartphone for efficient delivery to their seat, will be tested in the Totally Wicked North Stand at tonight’s game. Click here to find out more.Tribute – Every year we pay tribute to our fallen fans and players and tonight we will do so once more. Names will be read out before the match and they are also printed in the match programme.Bill Lyon Medal – The under 16s Player of the Year will be announced at half time.Half Time – See the Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a Membership for the 2019 season.League Leaders’ Shield – Should Saints get a positive result tonight then they will presented with the League Leaders’ Shield after the game.Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Quick Reach whilst the Match Ball is sponsored by Orrell Trade Centre.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South or Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are available online until 4pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open from 9am right up until kick-off.Martin Murray will be signing copies of his new book Sinner and Saint in the store from 5pm until 6.30pm.Programme:The programme is priced at £3 and features an exclusive interview with Matty Costello. It also pays tribute to the Saints that have fallen in the last 12 months.A Message:Just a reminder: Saints fans are the best in the world and known throughout the sport as being one of the most vocal and loyal group of supporters there is.As a family club we ask that fans are mindful of their fellow supporters and refrain from doing anything that would damage this reputation.There have been instances of beer throwing and other anti-social behaviour at some of our games this year and we ask that fans think of those around them and not do anything that could bring further action on the club.Anyone caught throwing beer, or any other liquid, risks being banned for a period of games, and/or having season tickets rescinded.last_img read more