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Arts & Culture

  • He’s on our side!

    By jwadmin on June 20, 2019
    By GABE FRIEDMAN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – David Draiman, the Jewish singer of the chart-topping hard rock band Disturbed, called Roger Waters “ridiculous” for promoting a cultural boycott of Israel. Disturbed, which has sold millions of albums, is set to play in Israel for the first time on July 2. “Boycotting an entire society, an entire people, based on […]
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  • Saratoga Jewish Festival presents a variety of programs in its 8th season

    By jwadmin on June 18, 2019
    SARATOGA SPRINGS–The Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival, a collaboration of Skidmore Office for Jewish Student Life, Chabad of Saratoga Springs, Chabad of Clifton Park, Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation Shaara Tfille, and Temple Sinai, returns to the Saratoga region for its eighth season. The Festival features a variety of programs between Memorial Day and Labor Day at multiple venues in the Saratoga […]
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  • Why so many Jews love the band Phish

    By jwadmin on June 12, 2019
    BY GABE FRIEDMAN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Gary Stein remembers the first time someone played a Phish song for him in high school. It was “Divided Sky,” an intricate 11-minute tune that shows off the group’s diverse jam rock chops. Stein, who’s now a 30-year-old history doctoral student living in Los Angeles, quickly became infatuated with the band, which […]
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  • Herman Wouk — the Jew in the public square

    By jwadmin on June 12, 2019
    By JONATHAN S. TOBIN (JNS) – Before Joe Lieberman was observing the Sabbath while running for vice president, Steven Spielberg throwing all of his considerable Hollywood weight behind a movie about the Holocaust and other celebrities advertising their Jewish identity and incorporating it in their public work, there was Herman Wouk. The novelist, who died on May 17, just 10 […]
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  • Maimonides students note Yom HaShoah and Israel Independence Day with butterfly flag

    By jwadmin on June 5, 2019
    Maimonides Hebrew Day School’s art teacher Rivi Bahir recently worked with 36 of her students to create an Israeli flag made from 1,800 blue and white paper butterflies. The goal of the project was to note Yom Ha Shoah and Israel Independence Day. A poem written by a child in the Theresienstadt concentration camp  “I never saw another butterfly” was […]
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  • Student winners of the B’nai B’rith Holocaust Essay Contest to be noted on June 5

    By jwadmin on May 29, 2019
    Holocaust Essay Contest Chairperson Bob Michaels has announced that results for the 2019 B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest. Winning students will read their essays and receive cash prizes and certificates of achievement at the award ceremony slated for Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at the community room of the Jewish Federation’s Golub Center at 184 Washington Avenue Extension in […]
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  • The winners and losers of Israel’s 2019 Eurovision Song Contest seem to have a good time!

    By jwadmin on May 22, 2019
    By ORIT ARFA (JNS)  – Most Americans, unless they’re Jewish or into Israeli geopolitics, probably don’t know or care that the Eurovision just took place in Tel Aviv. For those who don’t cross American cultural borders, Eurovision could best be explained as “European Idol,” the “Super Bowl” of song contests in which European and honorary European countries send their pseudo-best […]
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  • Cultural history of ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ to be reviewed by Alisa Solomon as AJCC Stein lecturer

    By jwadmin on May 22, 2019
    ALBANY–The Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center kicks off the 2019 Jules and Paula Stein Live and Learn Lecture /Lunch Series on Thursday, May 30, 11 a.m. in the Albany J.C.C.’s auditorium, 340 Whitehall Rd. Alisa Solomon, drama critic and writer will discuss “Wonder of Wonders:  A Cultural History of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’” in a lecture based on her […]
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  • Herman Wouk, legendary author who brought Judaism into the mainstream, dies at 103

    By jwadmin on May 21, 2019
    By RACHEL GORDAN BOSTON (JTA) – Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the American mainstream, died Friday, May 17, at the age of 103. His agent confirmed the news to The Associated Press. Wouk was the author of two dozen novels and works of nonfiction, including […]
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  • Joyce Carol Oates receives Jerusalem Prize

    By jwadmin on May 16, 2019
    (JTA) – Joyce Carol Oates’ grandmother was Jewish, but the author wasn’t aware of that fact until after her grandmother’s death in 1970. After immigrating to America, Oates’ ancestor hid her Jewish heritage from the rest of her family. “I felt an immense loss and sympathy because I never really knew that my grandmother was Jewish, so my whole cultural […]
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