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Jewish Groups Show Support for Occupy LA

The chosen people know how to throw a protest. This past Sunday, members of several Jewish organizations brought their own special formula to the Occupy Los Angeles protest on the lawn of City Hall. Participants included members of CLUE-LA (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice), the American Jewish University, and the Progressive Jewish Alliance, among others.

The groups erected a sukkah, a temporary shelter traditionally built by observers of the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot, and held a rally in the structure. The Jewish Journal spoke with organizer Rabbi Jonathan Klein:

Rabbi Jason van Leeuwen calls me and says, ‘We’ve got to do a sukkah down at Occupy L.A.,’ and I immediately thought of some of the people who would really get into that idea,” Klein said. “Voila! A week-and-a-half later, we have a sukkah with over 100 people, probably 200 people, here learning Torah and learning about foreclosures and learning about the plight of tomato growers.”

That sounds awesome. And they had challah bread.

The Jewish Journal has more details, as well as video and photos of the event.

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If I Were A Cowgirl, Yiddle Diddle Diddle Diddle Diddle Dum

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In a delightful bit of cross-pollination, our own Kate Coe has a piece in the Jewish Journal today about appearing in the Billings West High School senior class of 1971 production of Fiddler on the Roof.

The Montana native explains that her virtually Jew-less school recruited a local literature prof to “teach the cowboys and cheerleaders about the joys of Yiddish.”

The results sound adorable. And clearly prepared Coe for her future life in Hollywood:

During that month of rehearsal, the cast and crew formed a little community within the school. Jocks, majorettes, student council members and debaters were nothing to us — we were the chosen people. We wished each other mazel tov and shalom when passing in the halls. We sat at our own table in the cafeteria, and someone got the bright idea of asking the lunch ladies if the pigs in blankets were kosher. We must have been insufferable.

Mazel Tov on such a work, you mensch, you. And keep an eye out for the other Fishbowler’s work to appear in Catholic Times.