Klezmer music may not have the center stage in the world music scene, but it does have a strong connection to Ashkenazi Jewish traditions and Yiddish culture.
Entering its 18th year, the Red Rocks Music Festival has brought some of the best contemporary classical musicians to Arizona and executive director Moshe Bukshpan is excited about celebrating a meaningful anniversary.
Eric Fingerhut, who led Hillel International for five years, has been hired in the same role at Jewish Federations of North America. And Mark Wilf, JFNA’s board chairman, hopes his new CEO will bring “energy and imagination” to the umbrella for local Jewish federations.
It’s not a profound statement to say that the Hebrew Bible has been an incredible influence on the arts. For millennia, creative people from all walks of life have looked at (and into) the ancient words and applied, transmogrified and adapted the holy writ into lasting contributions of aesth…
In a recent d’var Torah, Rabbi Eric Yanoff of Adath Israel in Philadelphia addressed the practice of scapegoating and how Jews throughout history have often had that role thrust upon them.
The most affecting scene in “The Last Survivors,” a documentary full of them, occurs at Auschwitz. With his daughter and granddaughter, Ivor Perl is returning to the concentration camp for the first time since 1945, when the Hungarian-born boy was liberated after the murder of his mother and…
Many people in the Washington D.C. area still recall the late librarian Ruth Rappaport, but for those who weren’t privileged to meet the raconteur and opinionated bibliophile, first-time author Kate Stewart has facilitated as close an introduction as possible.
Winter may feel like it’s never coming to Phoenix, but dedicated TV viewers can see it come to HBO by watching the final season of “Game of Thrones,” which starts Sunday, April 14. Superfan AJ Frost, for one, can’t wait.
Shortly after white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, chanting “Jews will not replace us,” Steve Bannon’s time in the White House came to an end.
Baseball might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Israel, yet a documentary last year set out to change that, profiling a number of skilled ballplayers.
“Captain Marvel,” the latest film from Marvel Studios, is second only to fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe flick “Thor: The Dark World” in being dull and uninteresting throughout. That’s too bad, as “Captain Marvel” is the first Marvel film built around a woman superhero.
“Shtisel,” an Israeli drama now on Netflix, can best be summarized by a quote from Marta Kauffman, the creator of “Friends,” who has said she is working on an American version of the show.
The seeds for Jewish director Shawn Snyder’s feature-film debut, “To Dust,” a dark comedy about death, grew out of his own experience, after his mother died 10 years ago.
The movies aren't what they used to be. With the advent of Netflix and other streaming services, movie theaters have struggled to bring in patrons. Film festivals, too, have had to grapple with the lure of the home theater. Fortunately for residents of Sun City West, though, Beth Emeth Congr…
In the prologue to “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink,” author Barry Joseph reveals the question he asked himself when presented with the prospect of writing a history of seltzer. “How could there be enough for a whole book?”
Part love triangle, part war story, “Promised Land: A Novel of Israel” by Martin Fletcher spans the decades from Israel’s independence to 1967. While true historical figures — from David Ben-Gurion to Ariel Sharon — serve as characters, the story focuses primarily on a fictional family.
It was a little chaotic getting all three members of the band Distant Cousins on the phone the day before Thanksgiving, but they made it work, even as one of them, Duvid Swirsky, talked on his car’s speakerphone with the antic chatter of two 6-year-old boys in the background.
After the Nazis rounded up 450,000 Jews and forced them into the Warsaw Ghetto, a covert group comprised of journalists, scholars and community leaders worked to keep their heritage alive. The group was called Oyneg Shabes and it defied the Third Reich with pen and paper.
Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York magazine and contributing editor at Elle, recently published her third book, “Good and Mad,” an examination of what happens not only when women get angry, but when they deploy that anger to galvanize social change. Women’s anger, Traister writes…
“Charm City,” a critically acclaimed documentary about community relations and the Baltimore Police Department, was directed by Marilyn Ness, a filmmaker from New York. It follows community activists, police officers and people just trying to make it through the day as they grapple with the …
You probably know his “Starchild” character, with white face makeup and a black star over his right eye, and the Spandex, leather and chains he wears onstage with platform shoes. But when he’s not smashing guitars and telling you to “lose your mind in Detroit Rock City,” KISS frontman Paul S…
Even before its official release this month, Norman Eisen’s “The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House” ranked No. 1 on Amazon’s list of new Jewish biographies.
What would you do if you were alone in a room with Adolf Eichmann? What kind of conversation would you have? These questions come to mind watching “Operation Finale,” which details the 1960 capture of Eichmann, who was living undercover in Buenos Aires. The film stars Oscar Isaac as Mossad a…
To many, having to fight for the right to volunteer might seem slightly ridiculous. But that’s exactly what viewers see in documentarian Paula Eiselt’s first feature-length film, “93Queen,” which chronicles the arduous process of turning Ezras Nashim — an all-volunteer ambulance corps compri…
As Jeanine Korer prepares for the opening of her art exhibit at Temple Solel on Sept. 1, she is eager to share an expansive lifetime of work aimed at making audiences smile.
“What am I going to do with my life?”Julian Hyman asked himself, as many have asked standing at life’s crossroads, puzzling over inchoate paths that might lead to new directions or careers.
R emember the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode where Larry David is obsessed with chicken from a Palestinian restaurant, but is wracked by guilt for supporting the establishment? “I know, I know, but this chicken, you can’t believe how good it is!”
Not long ago, in an antiques shop, I found a February 1937 issue of “National Geographic” that featured Berlin. It portrayed a city thriving under Nazi rule, with photos of streets festooned with swastika flags, Hitler’s birthday parade and children smiling in front of swastika-draped buildings.
Imagine it’s your first day of college and, as you walk toward your dorm, students smile at you, greet you fondly, hug you and welcome you back, even though you’ve never been here before. Sounds like a Twilight Zone episode, right?
There is nothing better than biting into a ripe peach, even when the juice rolls down to my chin. With their sweet flavor tinged with a touch of tartness, peaches are my favorite fruit — not just for their taste but for their versatility, too.