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‘Becoming Israeli’ illustrates paradoxes, challenges of the Jewish people coming home

‘Becoming Israeli’ illustrates paradoxes, challenges of the Jewish people coming home

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“Becoming Israeli,” an anthology edited by Akiva Gersh, narrates the hysterical, inspiring and challenging sides of immigrating to Israel.

‘Promised Land’ an exploration of early Israel

‘Promised Land’ an exploration of early Israel

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Part love triangle, part war story, “Promised Land: A Novel of Israel” by Martin Fletcher spans the decades from Israel’s independence to 1967…

Q&A: Jewish rockers Distant Cousins

Q&A: Jewish rockers Distant Cousins

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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,…

New releases: ‘Regret’ flounders, ‘Doubt’ shines

New releases: ‘Regret’ flounders, ‘Doubt’ shines

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You might regret reading this

Film about renegade chroniclers of Warsaw Ghetto has one-night-only AZ premiere

Film about renegade chroniclers of Warsaw Ghetto has one-night-only AZ premiere

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After the Nazis rounded up 450,000 Jews and forced them into the Warsaw Ghetto, a covert group comprised of journalists, scholars and communit…

Mad as hell: women’s anger as a revolutionary power

Mad as hell: women’s anger as a revolutionary power

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Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York magazine and contributing editor at Elle, recently published her third book, “Good and Mad,” an…

Q&A: Filmmaker discusses the making of a tense community chronicle in ‘Charm City’

Q&A: Filmmaker discusses the making of a tense community chronicle in ‘Charm City’

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“Charm City,” a critically acclaimed documentary about community relations and the Baltimore Police Department, was directed by Marilyn Ness, …

Women get angry, adapt to postwar US

Women get angry, adapt to postwar US

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“Not Our Kind”

‘Beautiful Boy’ is honest, heartbreaking examination of drug addiction

‘Beautiful Boy’ is honest, heartbreaking examination of drug addiction

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It’s impossible to watch “Beautiful Boy” without feeling exhausted.

KISS frontman displays other artistic side

KISS frontman displays other artistic side

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You probably know his “Starchild” character, with white face makeup and a black star over his right eye, and the Spandex, leather and chains h…

Author explores the power of challah

Author explores the power of challah

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Beth Ricanati’s memoir, “Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs,” tells the story of one woman’s search for health and spiritual tranquility.

Abduction tale an engrossing read

Abduction tale an engrossing read

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“The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World”

Obama official chronicles Jewish triumph

Obama official chronicles Jewish triumph

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Even before its official release this month, Norman Eisen’s “The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House…

‘Operation Finale’ Details Eichmann Capture

‘Operation Finale’ Details Eichmann Capture

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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 watc…

‘93Queen’ chronicles Chasidic variation on #MeToo

‘93Queen’ chronicles Chasidic variation on #MeToo

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To many, having to fight for the right to volunteer might seem slightly ridiculous. But that’s exactly what viewers see in documentarian Paula…

Temple Solel artist-member Jeanine Korer: “I paint happy”

Temple Solel artist-member Jeanine Korer: “I paint happy”

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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 a…

98-year-old writes book to save the world

98-year-old writes book to save the world

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“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 path…

‘Generation Wealth’ documents money obsession

‘Generation Wealth’ documents money obsession

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Anytime the wealth of a celebrity or business leader is disclosed, the internet explodes with hot takes about money, ownership and excess.

Chicken so good, it’s addictive

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R emember the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode where Larry David is obsessed with chicken from a Palestinian restaurant, but is wracked by guilt…