Tuesday marked the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. To honor the holiday, Conan O’Brien began an unconventional new Hanukkah tradition on his show Tuesday night, one that, while extremely memorable, is unlikely to catch on with the masses: the lighting of a “Human Centipede” menorah.
Even for those unfamiliar with “Human Centipede,” an exceedingly disgusting Dutch horror film, the joke was pretty hard to miss. As the band played some boisterous klezmer music, a human menorah of 9 semi-attached people crawled out onto the stage. Each was clad in a silver bodysuit with a single, oversized candle attached to their back.
“Happy first night of Hanukkah everybody,” O’Brien said, lighting one of the enormous bulbs.
NY Daily News reports American basketball player interested in opening school which would focus on teaching language, Jewish history
Take this report from the NY Daily News with a grain of salt, but it seems that NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks’ power forward, is embracing his Jewish heritage and is interested in opening a Hebrew school.
According to the NY Daily News: “Amar’e Stoudemire wants to get into education, but it has nothing to do with basketball. A source close to the New York Knick tells us the power forward is interested in opening a Hebrew school, which would focus on teaching the language and Jewish history.
“The insider says the idea appears to be on the back burner for the time being but that Stoudemire has discussed it seriously.
“The 29-year-old renaissance man, who speaks some Hebrew himself, went to Israel during the summer of 2010 to learn more about his Jewish heritage on his mother’s side of the family. He also sports a Star of David tattoo on his hand, and, after returning from the Holy Land, follows a kosher diet.
“Another source close to the b-baller tells us Amar’e is ‘always looking for ways to improve education and resources for all children,’ but ‘no school of any kind is currently in the works.’”
Tenth grade students of Nazareth’s St. Joseph’s Seminary, Jerusalem’s Hebrew University Secondary School launch joint English magazine
While tensions were running high at the United Nations, a successful dialogue project between Arabs and Israeli teenagers cleared the air recently.
On Thursday, September 22, the concluding ceremony for a special joint magazine produced by St. Joseph’s Seminary and High School in Nazareth and Hebrew University Secondary School (Leyada) in Jerusalem was held at the American Center in the capital.
Supported by the American Center, the dialogue project involved 30 10th grade students from both Leyada and St. Joseph, spanning over a 10-month period from 2010-2011.