A Stone’s Throw

A Short Story by Gene Grabiner HERE WE GO AGAIN… Nathan Solomon Goldstein arrived at Temple Beth‑Shalom in Crestwood by 4:10 PM, as he did every Wednesday. Hebrew School: Cantor Moskowitz would teach him what was forgotten in the move from the Bronx to Westches­ter, or left earlier in Poland, in Latvia, in Romania, in […]

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May 3: No Bar Mitsve for Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl, who would become the founder of the modern Zionist movement, was “confirmed” in his Budapest home, next door to a synagogue, on this date in 1873, one day after his 13th birthday. Herzl grew up in an assimilated family, but he did attend a Jewish elementary school and also attended classes about Judaism […]

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May 22: Dylan’s Bar Mitsve

Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) became a bar mitsve on this date in 1954, two days shy of his 13th birthday, at Agudas Achim, the only synagogue in Hibbing, Minnesota. The guest list numbered 400; Dylan’s father was president of B’nai Brith, and his mother was president of the local Hadassah chapter. “The town didn’t have […]

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