Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Eshkol Nevo: Tel Aviv, floor by floor

Three Floors Up, by Eshkol Nevo, Other Press, 283 pages, $16.95 trade paperback Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Recognizable characters and situations make Eshkol Nevo’s newest novel, Three Floors Up, an economical yet masterful invention of three households in a suburban Tel Aviv building. Each household has its own section, a story told by a single […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Secret Hanuka: Festival of Lights onscreen

The best place to find Hanuka onscreen is hidden in Christmas movies By MAX SPARBER Community News Editor A Vox article from last year asked why there are so few Hanuka movies, and settled on one theory: the holiday is not festive enough (“all Jewish holidays are oriented around austerity and guilt,” they wrote). Perhaps, […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Spinning on the Jewish turntable

New albums span a number of musical genres, including jazz, klezmer and the blues Reviewed by MORDECAI SPECKTOR Yequm (Contagious Music), Eden Ladin Pianist and composer Eden Ladin is an Israeli jazz artist who has made his mark in New York City over recent years. An in-demand sideman, he has played in groups led by […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Yiddish cowboys: Jews in country songs

There are a lot of Jews in country music, but not so many in country songs by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Country music is not the most Jewish of musical genres, but neither is it bereft of Jews. There have been a handful of well-known Jewish performers, including Ray Benson, Kinky Friedman and David […]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

William and Shirley Siegel Schulman: Marriage and art are a great combination

A lifetime of creativity with William and Shirley Siegel Schulman By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Throughout history, there are numerous examples of outstanding artists who are married to other artists: Clara and Robert Schumann in classical music; Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy on Broadway (as well as the Guthrie during its earliest years); and artists William and […]