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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 10, 2013 Foundation for Jewish Camp Jewish campers on a pedal boat show their enthusiasm at NYJ Cedar Camp in New Jersey. 17. Make Bob Dylan a birthday cake Embrace all things Robert Allen Zimmerman during his 72nd birthday month. Visit his birth town, Duluth, Minn., for Dylan Days, a lineup of Dylan-inspired activities run- ning May 23-26. While you're there, drive by his childhood home in Hibbing, Minn. Listen to"The Essential Bob Dylan," available on iTunes. Read his autobiography, "Chronicles One." Watch "I'm Not There," the 2007 musical biopic starring six actors as differ- ent versions of Dylan (Cate Blanchettwon a Golden Globe for her performance). And try to spot the Jewish influences throughout his works, from "Highway Sixty One Revis- ited" to his 1961 yodeling in "Talkin' Hava Nagila Blues." ers' Ossie Schectman in 1946. 19. Visit a museum Make time for some struc- tured culture. The Contempo- rary Jewish Museum in San Francisco will unveil its"Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsburg" exhibit on May 23. The new National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia hous- es several special exhibitions, including "Beyond Swas- tika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges" (through June 2), and an enormous perma- nent collection. The Jewish Museum of New York has "Six Things: Sagmeister & Walsh," the first exhibition of the Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh's newly founded design firm. Plan an adventure to the Kansas City JMR_photography via Flickr A memorial statue for Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg stands in Detroit's Comerica Park. 18. Get to know a sports hero That scene in "Airplane" was an exaggeration: the list of famous Jewish sports legends would fill much more than a pamphlet. Watch last month's DVD re-release of "The Life And Times of Hank Green- berg," a documentary on the "Hebrew Ruth." Pick up "Jew- ish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame," the recently published compilation of essays on Jewish male and female sports figures edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy. And check out "The First Basket,"a documentary about the enormous role played by American Jews shaping the sport of basketball, includ- ing the first points scored in the Basketball Association of America (the NBA's precursor) by the New York Knickerbock- Jewish Museum or the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio. If you need some lead time, the Alaska Jewish Museum will open in July. Go to for more locations. 20. Get on Twitter If you still need an excuse to start tweeting, follow the Modern Seinfeld feed (@SeinfeldToday). Started last December by Buzzfeed sports editor Jack Moore and comedian Josh Gondleman, the account has amassed a whopping half-million follow- ers who re-imagine the sit- corn's plot lines set in today's world. Some more memorable ideas include Kramer's use of a gay app to meet friends, George getting dumped for texting on the toilet, Elaine's Pinterest addiction, Jerry getting dumped for not lik- PAE 11A Chavie Lieber Matt Bycer, a farmer from Scottsdale, Ariz., standing next to his etrog plants, September 2012. ing Beyonce and Newman's forbidden romance with the Flowers.corn deliverywoman. This feed is about anything but nothing. 21. Go to a deli David Sax charted the Jew- ish delicatessen's heyday and steady decline in "Save the Deli," but he also documented some jewels that are alive and kicking. Work up an appetite while reading and then head to Hymie's Merion Delicatessen outside Philadelphia, Langer's in L.A., or, of course, Katz's in New York. Looking for some- thing new? There's a fresh crop of delis putting a twist on traditional Jewish comfort fare, such as Wise Sons in San Francisco (try the pastrami cheese fries) and Stopsky's Delicatessen (latkes Bene- dict, anyone?) in Mercer Island, Wash., and Kenny & Zuke's (organic rye bread) in Portland, Ore. 22. Grow something Tap into the locavore move- ment by spending a day -- or a week -- at a center promoting Jewish sUstainability, organic farming methods and spiritu- alism. The Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn., offers an array of week- end program themes, and you can also pitch in making the farm's goat cheese and pick- les. Urban Adamah's one-acre educational farm and com- munity center in Berkeley, Ca- lif., has numerous workshops integrating Jewish tradition, including composting work- shops, skill-share commu- nity exchange markets and volunteer work days. Kayan Farm in Reisterstown, Md., offers courses on such Jewish agricultural topics as "botany and prayer," and has its own goats, chickens and Commu- nity Supported Agriculture, or CSA. Go to www.hazon. org for more ideas on creat- ing and sustaining your own community. 23. Find your match Spring is finally here, so rewrite that dusty profile, or write up one for the first time, and dive into the online dating world. Need further convincing? One in five people are now finding love online (possibly even more after counting the ones who don't admit it). As long as you avoid the statements, "I'm just as comfortable in Converse as I am in stilettos," you'll likely be better equipped to take charge of meeting your bashert than a shadchan (traditional Jewish matchmaker). Pick up some tips from "Spin Your Web: How to Brand Yourself for Successful Online Dating'by columnist and dat- ing coach Damona Hoffman. 24. Learn about the civil rights movement An indirect effect of the Holocaust's vicious hatred on American Jews, combined with Jewish ethical teachings, was to spur great levels of participation in the American civil rights movement. Ap- proximately half of the civil rights attorneys in the South during the 1960s and half of the white Freedom Riders who fought segregation were Jew- ish. They comprised nearly two-thirds of the whites who traveled to Mississippi in 1964 to challenge Jim Crow laws, including Michael Schwerner andAndrew Goodman, two of the three activists in the cam- paign who were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan (the case in- spired the 1989 thriller "Mis- sissippi Burning"). Through June 2, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia is exhibit- ing "Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Schol- ars at Black Colleges," which tells the story of Jewish academics from Germany and Austriawho found positions at historically black colleges and universities in the Jim Crow South. It was also the subject of a 2011 documentary, i 25. Watch your back The pursuits of Jewish American gangsters encom- passed a cornucopia of crimi- nal activities, including mur- der, racketeering, bootleg- ging, and prostitution. Read "Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons and Gangster Dreams," Rich Cohen's investigation and anecdotal collection about the Jewish mafia, including one mobster who refused to whack anyone on the Sab- bath. Watch the 1991 Bugsy Siegel film "Bugsy." Plan a visit to the new The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, where you can learn more about in- famous figures such as Siegel, Monk Eastman, Frank"Lefty" Rosenthal and the ruthless Meyer Lansky, the cat's-eye, pinky ring-wearing mobster who established an interna- tional gambling empire but, in true Jewish form, was still concernedwith his grandson's math grades. 26. Go to the market You can easily make your next food shopping trip a nod to Jewish American contri- butions. Need hot sauce? In 1920, Jacob Frank and his business partner introduced Frank's RedHot (fun fact: Frank's RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce was the secret ingredient for the first Buf- falo wing in 1964). Making a sundae? Thank Aaron Lapin, a reformed clothier from Mis- souri whose 1947 Reddi-wip whipped cream was the first aerosol food product on the market (hence earning him the title "The Whipped Cream King"). Roasting a chicken? Look for one from Empire Kosher, founded in 1938 by Austrian immigrant Joseph Katz in his adopted home of Pennsylvania. Put all the in- gredients in Oklahoman Syl- van Goldman's shopping cart, which was first introduced in 1937 at his supermarket chain Humpty Dumpty. 27. Take in female Jewish comedy The contribution of funny Jewish American ladies to American culture could fill a thousand articles. Watch Goldie Hawn on an old "Laugh-In" episode or Mad- eleine Kahn's scene-stealing Lili von Schtupp in "Blaz- ing Saddles." Pull up Gilda Radner's "Baba Wawa" on a "Saturday Night Live" com- pilation. Catch Joan Rivers in anything from a mid-1960s "Tonight Show" appearance to a current airing of "Fash- ion Police" on E! Listen to a podcast starring Ronna & Beverly, the outspoken fifty- something Jewish Bostonians played by comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, or discover a new talent like New York-based Emily Heller, who performs stand-up across the country. The list goes on in Yael Kohen's 2012 book "We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy," a col- lection of oral histories from female comic performers, television executives, talent scouts and writers, including anecdotes on the rampant sexism running through the industry. 28. Watch TV This may be the easiest suggestion of the list: Grab the remote and watch an iconic, Jewish-created sitcom. Meet "The Goldbergs," the 1949-1956 series created by and starring writer-actress Gertrude Berg that inspired shows from "The Honey- mooners" to "Roseanne." Hum along with the "Sanford & Son" theme song or hang withArchie Bunker during an "All in the Family" episode, two of Norman Lear's mas- terpieces. Watch "M*A*S*H," Larry Gelbart's Korean War dramedy starring Alan Aida. Brew an oversized mug of coffee and catch "Friends" in syndication, courtesy of co-creator Marta Kauffman. And take your pick from sit- corn creator and showrunner extraordinaire Chuck Lorre's roster, including "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory," "Dharma & Greg" and "Mike & Molly." 29. Swing the night away Invite some friends over for a night of American Jewish big band dancing. Prepare a soundtrack with "King of Swing" Benny Goodman's soaring clarinet in "King Porter Stomp" and "One O'Clock Jump," "King of the Clarinet"Artie Shaw's"Begin the Beguine" and "Interlude in B Flat," and Gene Krupa's energetic drumming in "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Drum Boo- gie." Finish the night with a viewing of "The Jazz Singer," the story of a young man who defies the traditions of his devout Jewish family to pursue his dream. 30. Learn a show tune Watch the new PBS docu- mentary "Broadway Musi- cals: A Jewish Legacy," which investigates why the Broad- way musical has proven such a long-standing success for Jewish artists (Cole Porter not among them, contrary to what many people assume). The list of composers reads like an embarrassment of riches: Stephen Sondheim ("West Side Story," "Merrily We Roll Along," "Sweeney Todd," "Company"), Leon- ard Bernstein ("On the Town," "West Side Story," "Candide'), Jerome Kern ("Showboat"), Irving Berlin ("White Christmas," "Easter Parade") and Frank Loesser ("The Most Happy Fella," "Guys and Dolls"), to name a mere few. Keep an eye out for local professional, com- munity or high school pro- ductions of these musicals. In the meantime, several film versions are available on Netflix or iTunes. Rebecca Softer is a New York-based writer and pro- ducer who has worked at "The Colbert Report" and Reboot. She tweets from @ rebeccasoffer. ADVERTISEMENt. Come explore the blessings and challenges of freedom at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. 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