Arts Features

Fall arts preview

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This fall, Jewish cultural venues in the Washington area will showcase a little less Zoom and a lot more live programming. Producers are offering...

Ari Roth’s third act

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Theater producer and playwright Ari Roth last made headlines in the fall of 2020, when he resigned from Mosaic Theater Company, which he founded...

Theater J’s ‘Old Stock’ takes the immigrant saga to Canada

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We Jews are wanderers. It’s both an intergenerational curse and survival mechanism. That trunks, satchels and suitcases have always been at the ready, for...
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Leonard Bernstein’s Jewish ‘Mass’ returns to its Washington source

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When Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” opened the Kennedy Center in 1971, it was the social event of the season. And tensions were high. America was...

A Nina’s-eye-view of the Supreme Court and RBG

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REVIEW “Dinners With Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships” by Nina Totenberg. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2022. 304 pages $27.99. If kindness and...

New book explores the insane career of Syrian Jewish hustler ‘Crazy Eddie’ Antar

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By Stephen Silver | JTA Crazy Eddie was a consumer electronics empire built on hype. Entrepreneur Eddie Antar grew his chain of discounts stores in...

Tisha B’Av and Tu B’Av. What’s the difference?

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The Jewish month of Av is home to two holidays that, due to their proximity to each other and their similar names, are sometimes...

Saul Golubcow introduces his Holocaust survivor-turned-private eye

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As a student at Rutgers, Saul Golubcow wrote for a literary magazine. An English professor saw something in the young man’s work and urged...

Old jokes for old Jews

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Review Brad Zimmerman peaked, it seems, as a preteen little leaguer. When he hit the ball out of the park, his dad shouted from the...

‘Image of Victory’ shows limits of idealism

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Review There’s just as much singing and dancing as there is armed combat in Israeli director Avi Nesher’s film “Image of Victory.” In the final days...