Blog Entries by stacey palevsky

Slate: ‘Shame on the entertainers boycotting Israel this summer’

July 26, 2010 | by stacey palevsky

Meg Ryan canceled an appearance at a Jerusalem film festival. Elvis Costello canceled two performances in Israel to protest the treatment of Palestinians. jweisberg_full_240's Jacob Weisberg writes today in Slate and this week in Newsweek that…

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Q-and-A with Israeli concert pianist Benjamin Hochman

June 25, 2010 | by stacey palevsky

benjamin_hochman_364Benjamin Hochman, 30, a distinguished concert pianist born and raised in Israel, makes his San Francisco Symphony debut Saturday, July 10, at Davies Symphony Hall. Hochman is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College…

Free dental treatment for Israeli children approved by Knesset

June 11, 2010 | by stacey palevsky

From "Earlier this week the Knesset's Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved the introduction of free dental treatment for all Israeli children up to 8 years old starting July 1st.  The measure was a victory for the Coalition for Public Dental Health, of which veteran NIF grantees Association…

Michael Chabon: ‘To a Jew, it always comes as a shock to encounter stupid Jews’

June 7, 2010 | by stacey palevsky

chabon-michael_216In response to the flotilla raid, Berkeley author Michael Chabon writes in Saturday's New York Times that the idea that Jews are blessed with "seichel" — a Yiddish word connoting ingenuity, creativity, subtlety and nuance, imbuing a person with teh ability…

What if your favorite novelist edited your newspaper? Readers of Ha’aretz find out.

June 7, 2010 | by stacey palevsky

What a cool experiment — handing over editorial duties of Ha'aretz for one day to the country's most celebrated novelists.

For the second time, Ha'aretz published its special edition June 2 in honor of Israel's book week. While most of the section was planned well in advance, Ha'aretz editors…

Get yourself an illustrated haggadah

March 22, 2010 | by stacey palevsky


As a child, I always got antsy during the Passover seder. My dad insisted on never skimping; as a little girl, this drawn out mealtime ritual felt like an eternity to me. I'm pretty sure I snacked on matzo throughout the seder to distract me from my growling belly.

Spoken word artist wows at ‘Inside the Activists’ Studio’

February 22, 2010 | by stacey palevsky

I was mesmerized.

In front of me stood a young guy, mid-20s, who appeared comfortable in his own skin. I was mesmerized the moment he opened his mouth to share his poetry with the audience at "Inside the Activists' Studio," Feb. 21 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Mother of 15, grandmother of 200, dies in Brooklyn

February 22, 2010 | by stacey palevsky

The New York Times has reported that Yitta Schwartz, a member of the Satmar Hassidic sect, died at age 93. She had 15 children, 200 grandchildren, and upwards of more than 1,000 great- and great-great grandchildren. Her family told the Times that Schwartz could claim nearly 2,000 descendents — which…

Come inside the ‘Activist’s Studio’ this Sunday

February 17, 2010 | by stacey palevsky

I have often told myself that I want to change the world - and yet I'm not sure how to do so. My intentions are good. But my actions? Um, does reading and writing about activists count?

If you've ever felt the disparity between your aspirations and your actions, come…

Westboro: My encounter with people who hold signs that read “God Hates Jews”

February 4, 2010 | by stacey palevsky

Last week, a crowd gathered outside of my office building to gawk and shout at -- and be shocked by -- the posse of Midwesterners holding signs that said "God hates fags" and "Jews killed Jesus."

Ah, Westboro Baptist Church. These are the people from Fred Phelps' Topeka, Kan.…