Arts and Culture

Exterior shot of the $351 million Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. (Flickr)
Exterior shot of the $351 million Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. (Flickr)

At Canada’s new human rights museum, should the Holocaust get special treatment?

TORONTO (JTA) — On the fourth floor of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, visitors will find a gallery called “Examining the Holocaust,” which is devoted entirely to the story and lessons of the Shoah. On the same floor, in a smaller, adjacent space, a gallery called “Breaking the Silence” examines a cluster of […]

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Tucson rabbis propose great books for the New Year

As Jews are known as “the People of the Book, “ the Arizona Jewish Post asked Tucson’s congregational rabbis to recommend a book that would inspire their congregants for the new year. Here are some intriguing suggestions: I recommend “John Lennon and the Jews: A Philosophical Rampage” by Ze’ev Mag­hen. In response to an encounter […]

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Janni Lee Simner
Janni Lee Simner

Tales of reconciliation rooted in Judaism

Janni Lee Simner takes both her writing and her Judaism seriously. Being a full-time writer, with eight published young adult and children’s novels, has influenced her observance of Shabbat, she says. “On Friday night I take a deep breath, light candles in the window,” followed by a Shabbat dinner with challah and wine. “I don’t […]

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Abigail Gumbiner
Abigail Gumbiner

Activist rabbi was controversial, inspirational

Abigail Gumbiner defies the adage “you can’t go home again.” On Sept. 14 she will speak at the Jewish History Museum of Tucson about photos she and two other artists have contributed to the current exhibit “Temple of Shadows.” The exhibit title refers to the building that many in Tucson know as the Stone Avenue […]

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From left, Gustavo Bulgach, Divina Gloria and Cantor Marcelo Gindlin performing at the Skirball Cultural Center. (Courtesy of Skirball)
From left, Gustavo Bulgach, Divina Gloria and Cantor Marcelo Gindlin performing at the Skirball Cultural Center. (Courtesy of Skirball)

Yiddish tango links time, space and musical styles

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – The music that packs the Skirball Cultural Center’s stately courtyard – Yiddish tango – is a musical hybrid twice over. On the tango side, it is a blend of African-born rhythms and a potpourri of European music styles. On the Yiddish side, it combines mournful liturgical melodies with folk songs. Tango, […]

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New children's books: a tale from Spain, easing a young girl's pain (Courtesy Wisdom Tales Press)
New children's books: a tale from Spain, easing a young girl's pain (Courtesy Wisdom Tales Press)

HIGH HOLIDAYS FEATURE: New children’s books: a tale from Spain, easing a young girl’s pain

BOSTON (JTA) — Fourteen years ago, sitting in her synagogue during Saturday morning services, Jacqueline Jules was browsing some Torah commentary when a story about a medieval poet struck an inspirational chord. “It was an ‘aha’ moment. This will be my next writing project, my next children’s book,” recalled Jules, an award-winning children’s writer who […]

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The Beatles -- from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison -- letting off steam with a pillow fight. (Harry Benson)
The Beatles -- from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison -- letting off steam with a pillow fight. (Harry Benson)

Jewish ‘Fifth Beatle’ figures prominently in new book about band’s first U.S. tour

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — It was 6 a.m. on Aug. 19, 1964 when the phone rang in the Los Angeles apartment of Ivor Davis, the young West Coast correspondent for London’s Daily Express, circulation 4 million. On the other end was the paper’s foreign editor, who told Davis to drive to the airport and catch […]

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Comedian and host Jon Stewart speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Don Rickles: One Night Only" on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)
Comedian and host Jon Stewart speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Don Rickles: One Night Only" on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)

Jon Stewart on filming in — and talking about — the Middle East

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jon Stewart’s directorial film debut, “Rosewater,” is set to premiere at film festivals in the United States and Canada this September. So the Hollywood Reporter took the opportunity to grab some golden quotes (and glam shots) of the iconic “Daily Show” comedian about filming in the Middle East — and his […]

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Clifford Odets, 1935
Clifford Odets, 1935

Odets’ ‘Awake and Sing’ coming to Rogue Theatre

Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing,” about a Jewish immigrant family in the Bronx during the Great Depression, is an American masterpiece, says Cynthia Meier, managing director of Tucson’s Rogue Theatre, which will stage the play next month. Originally performed in 1935 by the Group Theatre, directed by Harold Clurman, “Awake and Sing” was one of […]

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Telushkins Rebbe Cover Art With NYT Bestseller List Ribbon

Author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to speak on lessons of ‘Rebbe’

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s latest book, “Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History” landed on the New York Times bestseller list within weeks of its release in June to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rebbe’s death. Telushkin, one of the most prolific writers of contemporary Jewish […]

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