In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 16, 2009 / 28 Tishrei 5770

What a Party!

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was the first time I attended the New York high school annual reunion put on by the New York Alumni Association and what a blast it was! My wife, an alumni of Midwood High in Brooklyn, and I arrived with friend and New York alumni Lee Delano. Guests dined on gourmet New York cuisine such as hot dogs, deli sandwiches, and knishes, pizza, Chinese food, and Carvel ice cream. Now if they could fly in New York egg salad and tuna fish sandwiches they'd really have something.

Walking around the patio area it's hysterical how everyone stares at everyone else searching for their old school mates. People looking into the faces of those passing by and wondering if that fat old bald guy could be the handsome curly-headed football star of New Utrecht back in 1967, or if this little gray-haired lady eating the knish in the corner is the same cute co-ed from Madison drama class in 1959.

After the reunion came the award show, which was an absolute knockout. New York Friars Club comics Sal Richards and Freddie Roman were masters of ceremonies and absolutely killed the audience. I can't tell you when I laughed as much as I did that night. Norm Crosby, Steve Solomon, and Scott Record contributed to the laughs and I must tell you, this is what standup is all about. Young comics today could take lessons from these pros, and should.

Watching these guys perform brought back memories for me of the great standup comedians that I used to see on the Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, and Steve Allen shows. Guys like Henny Youngman, Jan Murray, Danny Thomas, Myron Cohen, and Alan King. Freddie Roman, of course, is a legend among standup comedians. One of the last of the Borsht Belt comics, he was a regular in the Catskills and as a matter of fact had a very successful Broadway show called "Catskills on Broadway" a few years back. And Sal Richards got his start in the Catskills too. Most of those comics back then were Jewish. Richards is Italian but he's funny enough to be Jewish.

In addition to laughter we had great music filling the room. New York Alumni Co-Chairs Louis Gossett, Jr. and Jon Voight presented the awards along with Connie Stevens and Monty Hall. Honorees Ed Ames and Melissa Manchester performed their hits. Ed Ames, who at over 80 looks and sounds better than ever, sang They Call The Wind Mariah, My Cup Runneth Over, and Old Man River. Melissa did the wonderful Cole Porter tune, I Just Love New York a cappella followed by Midnight Blue, Come In From the Rain and Don't Cry Out Loud.

Also performing was Lainie Kazan and British star Toni Morrell. There simply is nowhere else on earth that you could possibly see a show of the caliber that was put on that night. The talent on stage was phenomenal - it had to be because there was as much talent in the audience as there was on stage. Among the audience members were Mitzi Gaynor, Jack Carter, Rose Marie, Charlotte Raye, Theodore Bikel, and Martin Landau.

Lou and Fran Zigman are to be congratulated for putting together the greatest show of the year that most people don't even know about. It's the best kept secret in show business. Fortunately for me I was introduced to it by my friend Lee Delano who put me on to Lou a few months ago. Now, after attending the event I feel like an honorary New Yorker myself. Must be something in the food. I only wish they had filmed the entire show and made it available to buy on DVD. I know an awful lot of people who would love to have a record of that night (probably everyone in the audience for starters).

I'm told that plans are already in the works for next year, which will be the 25th annual New York Alumni reunion. Let me tell you this, if it's only half the show this one was, it will be tremendous. Bringing New York to LA - what a concept. The only things missing are the bridges, the tunnels, the Oak Bar at the Plaza Hotel, and the Bemelmans paintings from the Carlyle. I'll suggest those to Lou for next year.

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