Arts and Culture

‘Hava Nagila’ film chronicles song’s journey from shtetl to cliche

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — You’re at a wedding or bar mitzvah, mingling at the bar or catching up with a distant relative, when you hear it — the opening notes of a familiar tune that as if by some invisible force carries you and other guests to...
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Israeli documentary ‘Gatekeepers’ wins U.S. film prize

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli documentary “The Gatekeepers” was named the best nonfiction film of 2012 by the National Society of Film Critics in the United States. The film, which features interviews with six former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, received the award on Saturday.

The film critics’...
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PBS special on Broadway’s Jewish ‘Legacy’ continues on WYES

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Reviewer, WYES-TV’s “Steppin’ Out”

The history of the Broadway musical and the influence of Jews in its development is examined extensively in a PBS “Great Performances” special that bowed New Year’s Day on WYES-TV. “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” is a 90-minute documentary by award-winning producer...
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Jack Klugman, TV icon and acting legend dies at 90

Jack Klugman, an actor who found fame as the star of two different and long-running TV series – “The Odd Couple” and “Quincy, M.E.” – died December 24, according to his son Adam. He was 90. Klugman, was visiting his family during the holiday period when he suddenly took ill....
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Honey Boo Boo backs Israel, Lena Dunham book leak, modern day Seinfeld

By SIX DEGREES (NO BACON) STAFF

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — Are Israel’s recent publicity problems finally over? Or did they just get worse? In the wake of the vote granting the Palestinians upgraded status at the United Nations, and just days after “Sesame Street” actress Sonia Manzano called Israelis “bullies,” Honey Boo Boo...
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Hemmerling Gallery to feature ‘Letters of Light’ through December

Following a successful showing at Gallery Orange, the works of artist Anna Gil have been selected to be featured at Hemmerling Gallery, 733 Royal Street in the French Quarter. Gil’s works, which feature Hebrew letters and words, are realized after extensive study of religious texts and deep introspection and were...
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For Jewish Deadheads, the music plays on

By CHAVIE LIEBER

FALLS VILLAGE, CT. (JTA) — As a gentle snow fell on the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center last Friday evening, some 85 people gathered inside a wooden lodge to welcome Shabbat — half in a meditation circle in which Grateful Dead lyrics served as a kind of...
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Bialik divorcing, Apatow gets ‘Simpsons’ spot, other news

By SIX DEGREES (NO BACON) STAFF

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — On Thanksgiving, a day that Americans celebrate with family, and friends Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik took to her Kveller blog to say she’s divorcing her husband, Michael Stone, after nine years of marriage.

“After much consideration and soul-searching,...
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Rosenzweig program of acoustic, electronic music to bow Sunday

A program of acoustic and electronics works by New Orleans native Morris Rosenzweig, will be presented as this Sunday’s entry in the Trinity Artists Performance series at Trinity Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue. Rosenzweig, a distinguished professor of composition at the University of Utah, has enjoyed a celebrated career with many...
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British superstar Alex Clare balances stardom and Orthodoxy

NEW YORK (JTA) — Alex Clare is really just a nice Jewish boy. Sure, his hit “Too Close” is currently the seventh most popular song in the United States, his music video has garnered more than 18 million hits on YouTube and he has mobs of teenage girls chasing him around Europe. But...
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