Arts Features

Two wings and a gap

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Review “Warm and Welcoming: How the Jewish Community Can Become Truly Diverse and Inclusive,” edited by Warren Hoffman and Miriam Steinberg-Egeth. Lanham, Md.: Rowman &...

Storytellers take D.C audience to confrontations with injustice

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With just binders in their hands, a group of storytellers took viewers from their device screens to places like the Argentine Dirty War and...
Bob Einstein

A new HBO documentary profiles the late ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ actor Bob Einstein

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By Andrew Lapin Bob Einstein, the cult-favorite Jewish comedian best known for playing Marty Funkhouser on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the popular “Super Dave Osborne”...
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2021’s Jewish pop culture moments

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By Andrew Lapin Jewish pop culture had quite the “Unorthodox” year. A new reality-TV sensation, a raunchy indie-film spin on shivas and a rare glimpse into...

The mystery behind memoir-writing

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Correction, Dec. 23, 2021, 11:30 a.m. This story was changed to correct Carol Backman's age and town of residence. As she’s gotten older, Carol Backman...

The love affair between Jews and Chinese food

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There is widespread belief that Jews like Chinese food because Chinese restaurants were one of the few places open on Christmas. Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut...

Jews were the creative forces behind ‘West Side Story’ decades ago and today. Should...

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By Jordyn Haime In 1955, theater director Jerome Robbins approached writer Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein with a new idea for a Broadway musical:...

A page a day

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Review “Come and Hear: What I Saw in My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey through the Talmud” by Adam Kirsch. Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, 2021. 224 pages....

‘Secret Things’ uncovers hidden Jewish stories

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Review Family secrets have a way of coming back to haunt us. In the play “Secret Things,” the family mystery doesn’t date back decades, or...

Jean Meltzer wants Jews to read more romance

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By Phylissa Cramer Jean Meltzer always knew how “The Matzah Ball,” her first novel, would end. “The rule of romance is that there has to be...