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June 15, 2018  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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New York City councilman to provide day of gender-segregated beach

A New York City councilman is renting a city beach on Coney Island in order to host gender-segregated swim days for his Jewish and Muslim constituents.

Brooklyn Democrat Chaim Deutsch announced on his Facebook page: “For many New Yorkers, including religious Jews and Muslims who observe modesty laws, there isn’t an opportunity to utilize our City’s beautiful beaches. I’m excited to offer the chance for EVERYONE to enjoy!”

Men and boys will be able to swim at the southern Brooklyn beach on Friday, June 29. Women and girls will be invited on Friday, July 27.

Religious Jewish and Muslim women adhere to stringent laws of modesty that do not allow them to wear bathing suits in front of men.

Deutch has raised $400 per day to cover the cost of lifeguards and other staff, the New York Post reported. The beach at Kingsborough Community College, next to the popular Manhattan Beach in south Brooklyn, is usually closed on those Fridays.

Deutch told the Post. he has a lot of Orthodox Jewish and Muslim constituents who have “never been able to smell the beach, to walk in the sand. Everyone should be able to enjoy the beach.”

‘The Band’s Visit’ wins 10 Tony Awards, including for best musical

The Band’s Visit, a musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, won the 2018 Tony Award for best musical, and dominating its categories at the awards ceremony.

Ari’el Stachel, the California-born son of an Israeli- Yemeni father and an Ashkenazi mother from New York, won the award for best featured actor in a musical for his performance as a romantic Egyptian trumpeter in the musical. Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) won for best actor in a musical and Katrina Lenk for best actress in a musical for their roles as, respectively, the leader of the band and the Israeli cafe owner who takes him in.

The Band’s Visit also won awards for best book (by Itamar Moses), best direction of a musical, best original score (by David Yazbek), best lighting design, best orchestration and best sound design.

The play is based on the 2007 award-winning Israeli movie.

In his acceptance speech, Stachel, 26, acknowledged his parents, who were in the audience, saying the musical led him to embrace an identity he had long avoided. “Both my parents are here tonight. I have avoided so many events with them because for so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person,” he said. “And after 9/11 it was very, very difficult for me, and so I concealed and I missed so many special events with them. And they’re looking at me right now and I can’t believe it.”

He also thanked producer Orin Wolf “for telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time where we need that more than ever.”

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