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Showbiz meets shtetl: Helping Hollywood get Hasidim right

NEW YORK (JTA) — When it comes to Hasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. Meyer, a New York-based Lubavitcher Hasid, recounted one occasion when he was hired to cast extras for a film but refused […]

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"Lights on Shadows" by Abigail Gumbiner
"Lights on Shadows" by Abigail Gumbiner

Jewish History Museum to exhibit ‘Temple of Shadows’

                                    The Jewish History Museum will present Temple of Shadows, a photography exhibit, from Aug. 20 through Nov. 1. A set of 15 prints shows the museum, formerly the Stone Avenue Temple (built in 1910), before and after […]

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Women’s Academy book brunch to include Lau video

The Women’s Academy for Jewish Studies at Congregation Chofetz Chayim will present “Out of the Depths,” a brunch and book presentation, on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. “Out of the Depths,” the autobiography of Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, tells the story of the youngest survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp, who rose to become […]

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Will Larry David’s Broadway show add to his Jewish file?

NEW YORK (JTA) — In Larry David’s fake real-life world on the HBO sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” he is tapped by Mel Brooks to take over the Zero Mostel-Nathan Lane role of Max Bialystock in the megahit Broadway adaptation of “The Producers.” Just as Max and accountant Leo Bloom set out to make money by […]

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Lacey Schwartz's film 'Little White Lie' tells of her discovery in adulthood that her father was black.
Lacey Schwartz's film 'Little White Lie' tells of her discovery in adulthood that her father was black.

Documentary reveals Jewish mother’s ‘Little White Lie’

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — When Lacey Schwartz celebrated her Bat Mitzvah more than two decades ago in her hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., a synagogue-goer turned to her and said, “It’s so nice to have an Ethiopian Jew in our midst.” Never mind that Schwartz, a striking 37-year-old with long black curls and a megawatt smile, […]

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From classic to quirky: 14 Jewish-themed books for summer break 2014

Many schools assign students a summer break reading list to complete for the fall. Beyond the assigned list, some students may also want an enriching reading experience during their free time. JNS.org suggests 14 Jewish-themed classic, eccentric, and fun books for the 2014 summer break. While some selections are well-known and already included on most official […]

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Jeff Haskell

‘Borscht Belt Boys and Girl’ coming to Invisible Theatre

        Invisible Theatre will kick off its Sizzling Summer Sounds cabaret series at Skyline Country Club with “Borscht Belt Boys and Girl,” featuring Jeffrey Haskell, Jack Neubeck and Katherine Byrnes, July 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. Susan Claassen, director of Sizzling Summer Sounds and creator and director of “Borscht Belt Boys […]

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“The Storyteller,” life-size bronze sculpture by David Unger
“The Storyteller,” life-size bronze sculpture by David Unger

‘Storyteller’ is focal point for local sculptor’s one-man show in Santa Fe

Tucson sculptor David Unger will have a one-man show July 4-31 at Bill Hester Fine Art in Santa Fe, N.M. The show will feature more than 30 of his bronze sculptures, and Unger is particularly excited about his life-size piece, “The Storyteller.” “The Storyteller” can hold children in its encircling arms as they imagine it […]

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Summer reading: droll essays, a haunting novel and NY in fact and fiction

Here are some hot summer reading suggestions from your AJP editors. For me, the public library is an Aladdin’s cave of treasures waiting to be discovered. A recent find on a recommended reading display was “Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment,” a 2009 title by A.J. Jacobs, author of the bestsellers “The Year of […]

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A photo of Sara Kaplowitz Greenberg in the early 1940s is surrounded by a few of her beloved shul hats. (Courtesy Jewish History Museum)
A photo of Sara Kaplowitz Greenberg in the early 1940s is surrounded by a few of her beloved shul hats. (Courtesy Jewish History Museum)

‘Skullcaps and Shul Hats’ on display at JHM

The Jewish History Museum’s summer exhibit, “Skullcaps and Shul Hats,” which runs through June 30, focuses on two family collections of head coverings. One is a collection of elegant shul hats worn by Tucsonan Nicki Lasky’s mother, Sara Kaplowitz Greenberg. They range from “fascinators,” small, often feathered decorative headpieces, to beaded and woven small hats. […]

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