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Max, Hannah and frolicking frogs: Kids’ books bring new friends

BOSTON (JTA) — Frolicking frogs and magical matzah balls are featured in this season’s crop of new Passover books for children that are sure to engage, inform, entertain and inspire. David A. Adler, author of the hugely popular early reader “Cam Jansen” series, offers “The Story of Passover.” Adler is highly acclaimed for his straightforward […]

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Artifacts filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger found in his grandparents’ Tel Aviv apartment reveal a troubling story.
Artifacts filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger found in his grandparents’ Tel Aviv apartment reveal a troubling story.

Family’s WWII aftermath unravels in ‘The Flat’

A special screening of “The Flat” will take place at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m. The documentary, in Hebrew/German/English with subtitles, was released in September 2011 in Israel, where it played continuously for 13 months. At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task […]

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PCC launches Family Heritage Project website

Pima Community College has posted its Family Heritage Project website at www.pima.edu/community/the-arts/family-heritage.html. The project was conceived by Todd Poelstra, director of PCC’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” in celebration of the musical’s themes of tradition and family. The project includes more than 125 photographs and stories submitted by community members and PCC faculty, staff […]

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Invisible Theatre seeks actress for Israeli role

Can you play a sad, beautiful Hebrew-speaking Israeli in her 30s? The Invisible Theatre will be holding auditions for this female character and two male characters on Sunday, March 30 at 5 p.m. for “Handle With Care,” a romantic comedy by Jason Odell Williams. The play will be part of the 2014-15 season. The male […]

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"ANNE" co-writers Leon de Winter and Jessica Durlacher stant outside the Amsterdam theater that is being built as a venue for their play on March 12, 2014. (Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)
"ANNE" co-writers Leon de Winter and Jessica Durlacher stant outside the Amsterdam theater that is being built as a venue for their play on March 12, 2014. (Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA)

At new Anne Frank theater in Amsterdam, tragedy and fancy dinners

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — To millions worldwide, she is a symbol of heroism and a haunting reminder of the dangers of discrimination. But for one Dutch entertainment firm, Anne Frank is a brand name powerful enough to merit millions of dollars of investment. Last week, the Amsterdam-based production company Imagine Nation announced plans to open a […]

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Nickolay Lamm's cousins play with a prototype of the Lammily doll. (Courtesy Nickolay Lamm)
Nickolay Lamm's cousins play with a prototype of the Lammily doll. (Courtesy Nickolay Lamm)

A young artist’s ‘anti-Barbie’ is a runaway crowdfunding success

 NEW YORK (JTA) — Almost exactly 55 years after Barbie made her debut at the American International Toy Fair, a more realistically proportioned alternative to the iconic fashion doll has become a crowdfunding sensation, raising more than $400,000 in a week and a half to begin production. The Lammily doll, which has joints that bend, an […]

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Gary Shteyngart has "mixed" feelings about his years of Jewish day school.  (Brigitte Lacombe)
Gary Shteyngart has "mixed" feelings about his years of Jewish day school. (Brigitte Lacombe)

Gary Shteyngart’s super sad true Schechter school story

 NEW YORK (JTA) — If it is true that there is no such thing as bad publicity, then Gary Shteyngart may be one of the best things to happen to the Conservative movement’s at-times-beleaguered Schechter Day School Network. Shteyngart, the Soviet Jewish immigrant writer known for acclaimed comic novels like “Absurdistan” and “Super Sad True […]

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Barbara Garson
Barbara Garson

At Festival of Books, Jewish writer to spotlight the 99 percent

The Tucson Festival of Books, now the fourth largest book festival in the United States, returns to the University of Arizona campus March 15 and 16. One of the many Jewish writers presenting this year will be Barbara Garson, whose latest book is “Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great […]

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Actress Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac sit in the audience before the start of the 39th Cesar Film Awards 2014 at Theatre du Chatelet on Feb. 28, 2014 in Paris. (Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)
Actress Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac sit in the audience before the start of the 39th Cesar Film Awards 2014 at Theatre du Chatelet on Feb. 28, 2014 in Paris. (Dominique Charriau/Getty Images)

6 Degrees No Bacon/ Celebrity Jewish Roundup: ScarJo’s Pregnant, Rogen’s Activism, Jewish Oscars Moments

Scarlett Johansson is pregnant HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA) — B’sha’ah tovah to Scarlett Johansson! The 29-year-old “Her” star, of recent SodaStream fame (or infamy, depending which side you’re on), is expecting her first child with French fiance Romain Dauriac, E! News reports. The couple, dating publicly since November 2012,  announced their engagement six months ago. Prior […]

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Israeli Arab children at a school in Baqa al-Gharblyye reading books from the Lantern Library, a spinoff of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's PJ Library. (Akmal Nagnagy/Harold Grinspoon Foundation)
Israeli Arab children at a school in Baqa al-Gharblyye reading books from the Lantern Library, a spinoff of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's PJ Library. (Akmal Nagnagy/Harold Grinspoon Foundation)

PJ Library, Jewish kids’ books provider, expands to Arab sector

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Religion News Service article about the PJ Library is headlined “Free books — 10 million of them — help keep Jewish kids Jewish.” Now the foundation behind the widely lauded nine-year-old program — which distributes free books to more than 130,000 Jewish children in the United States, Canada, Mexico and […]

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