My daughter, Lauren Kuperman, turns 17 this month. She is a senior at Community High in Ann Arbor, applying to colleges and is ready to start taking on both the rights and responsibilities of adulthood. With that in mind, Lauren and I went to the Red Cross this morning to donate blood. Her first time, my 49th since coming to Michigan. Going today was her idea.
As I have mentioned in the past, Lauren attended Sunday School at the Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural School (JCS.) As part of her education and as a requirement to become a Bat Mitzvah, she had to perform at least 30 hours of community service. Like many of the kids at the JCS, she far exceeded that requirement. She has been performing Mitzvot as an integral part of her life, helping with the repair of the world, making the world a little bit better.
I am very proud of her, of what she does and the person that she has become. The kid just rocks.
The cultural revolution of the 1960s changed America forever. At the forefront of this revolution were two Jewish men, Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. Learn how they met and what made two nice Jewish boys the radicals that they became.
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When Abbie Met Jerry
This was originally presented on April 17th, 2011, two days after the 10th Anniversary of the death of Jeffry Ross Hyman, better known as lead singer Joey Ramone of The Ramones. Thousands of fans, including me, remember Joey as someone who touched our lives, who made us smile even during difficult times.
Punk rock grew out of the artistic endeavors of a number of Jewish pioneers. Drawing from Alan Ginsburg’s poem Howl and the comedy of Lenny Bruce, evolving into the music of Tuli Kupferberg and the Fugs, to early punk antecedents Lou Reed and The Dictators, Richard Hell and the Voidoids and Ramones created something magical. This traces their journey.
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An original piece that offers a psycho-social perspective on prejudice, with particular thought toward understanding the Holocaust.