News Briefs: Ginsburg Speaks at Services, Monty Hall Dies, Tennis Player Quits Match


Supreme Court Justice Speaks at Rosh Hashanah Service

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Rosh Hashanah crowd at a Washington, D.C., synagogue that she believes her Jewish background gives her empathy for other minorities, the Associated Press reported.

Ginsburg, 84, spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Worshippers were not told beforehand that she would be speaking.

“The Jewish religion is an ethical religion. That is, we are taught to do right, to love mercy, do justice, not because there’s gonna be any reward in heaven or punishment in hell. We live righteously because that’s how people should live and not anticipating any award in the hereafter,” Ginsburg said.

NMAJH Partners on West Side Story Project

The National Museum of American Jewish History is partnering with Google Arts & Culture and three famous New York City entities to create a digital collection of the history and production of West Side Story.

Online visitors at will be able to explore archival content including more than 1,800 images and videos, 22 interactive displays and an interview with Broadway star Chita Rivera.

NMAJH’s contribution to Google Arts & Culture’s project is a detailed overview of Leonard Bernstein’s life. Curated by NMAJH’s Associate Curator Ivy Weingram, the digital exhibition features archival images, from Bernstein’s family portraits to the album covers of his symphonies.

The material is a preview of the forthcoming special exhibition, Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, on view at NMAJH from March 16 through Sept. 2, 2018.

Also contributing to the digital collection are Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Museum of the City of New York.

Monty Hall Dies at 96

Let’s Make a Deal host Monty Hall, who was born Monte Halparin in Canada to Orthodox Jewish parents, died Sept. 30 in Beverly Hills, Calif., JTA reported.

Hall also co-created the game show where contestants traded small prizes for the chance to win something bigger hidden behind a curtain or in a box. Hall hosted the show for 23 years, appearing in more than 4,500 episodes.

Hall had wanted to be a doctor, but wasn’t able to get into medical school because of Jewish quota, the CBC reported.

Israeli Tennis Player Quits Match Because of Yom Kippur

Dudi Sela quit his Sept. 29 quarterfinals tennis match at the Shenzen Open in China, which was tied a set apiece, so he could begin observing Yom Kippur, reported.

Sela, who is the top-ranked Israeli and is 77th overall, had asked that his match — scheduled second on the main court — be pushed forward so it could finish before sunset. That request was denied.

The website said Sela likely forfeited $34,000 in prize money.

Another Israeli athlete, basketball player Omri Casspi, missed the Golden State Warriors preseason opener because it took place on Yom Kippur, JTA reported. Head Coach Steve Kerr said his player had his “full support.”


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