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Judaica Art Goes Pop!
Pop Art that is. Laurene Hunt has designed a collection of ceramic
trivets, coasters & wooden lazy susans that bring a modern sense of
Pop Art to the Judaica table. Laurene applies a bright color palette
to bold, graphic designs that are reminiscent of 1960’s pop art, only
here updated historical Jewish symbols are the theme.
See the entire collection at the Philadelphia Buyers Market of
American Craft August 1-3. BMAC Booth #1508.
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cared for. This will increase the likelihood that she will remain at the shelter
until she can begin a new life-a life free from abuse.”
In my eyes, all the caring, time, effort and money that Gabe Kapler,
with his wife, puts into his personal tikkun olam makes him a very observant
Jew. I think he really liked that interpretation - I know he thanked me.
While he has fond memories of his own Bar Mitzvah, they’re raising
their children, Chase and Dane, not in any one religion, but they are raising
them to ask questions. And they’re giving them explanations.
In the Kapler household, “whenever there’s any cooking done,” Gabe
does it. His wife, he says, has a lot of other qualities, but even during he sea-
son, he’s the chef. And he likes to be innovative. He makes a wild rice and
tofu dish that he says is terrific and he has promised to share it with us.
On August 8, 2005, while playing for the Red Sox, Kapler took the
field in the 9th inning along with Kevin Youkilis and Adam Stern, setting a
"record" for the most Jewish players on the field at one time in American
League history and the most in Major League Baseball history since four Jews
took the field for the New York Giants in a game in 1941.That September 11th
was a good day ... pitcher Harry Feldman, catcher Harry Danning, and out-
fielders Sid Gordon (in his first major league game) and Morrie Arnovich were
all on the field for the Giants ... a milestone in baseball, and Jewish, history.
When you google Gabe Kapler, the first thing that comes up are these
really studly photos of the man sometimes called The Hebrew Hammer, other
times called The Body ... next time I interview the man, maybe he won’t be
rushing with the team to catch a flight for a road trip, and I’ll ask him about all
of these details.
And about that famous story about the Rabbi and the Red Sox. The
story is still circulating that in 2004, the Dodgers’ Shawn Green decided not to
play on Yom Kippur and when the announcement became public, the Boston
media asked Kapler if he, too, would skip playing. On one hand, there was
the Curse of the Bambino - on the other hand was playing on a holy day. So
Gabe went to a Rabbi, who also weighed the predicament. The Curse won,
because the Rabbi reportedly said, “Do it! We need all the help we can get!”
When I asked him about the story, Gabe Kapler - he didn’t say yes and
he didn’t say no - but he did chuckle and say, “People will latch on to what
they want to latch on to.” Gabe played, was sent in as a pinch runner in the
8th and stayed on the field to play right, and became one of the nine final
players remaining on the field d as the Red Sox won their first title in 86
Boston says, “Thank you, Gabe Kapler. And thank you, Rabbi.”
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