Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

A filmmaker’s legacy of JCC summer camp

Golden Valley native Scott Z. Burns, who produced An Inconvenient Truth, will speak Sept. 14 at a fundraiser for the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor Film producer and writer Scott Z. Burns is excited to return to Minneapolis this Sunday, when he will speak about his career […]

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Wendy Wasserstein’s great play

Leigh Silverman talks to the AJW about directing The Heidi Chronicles at the Guthrie By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Playwright Wendy Wasserstein was the theatrical voice for a slice of women from the Baby Boom generation. In her most popular play, The Heidi Chronicles, the eponymous protagonist, Heidi Holland, moves around in time: from a high school […]

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The Shoah’s secret society

Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust’s Hidden Child Survivors, by R.D. Rosen, Harper, 280 pages, $25.99 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Until 1991, children hidden during the Shoah were “members of a secret society of silence, a diaspora that had gone unnoticed and unknown for decades,” says R.D. Rosen. That year, Carla Lessing, one […]

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The Cookers come to town

David Weiss discusses his campaign to gain greater recognition for some journeymen of jazz, America’s unique art form By MORDECAI SPECKTOR David Weiss, a talented jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, is back in New York City, after an “exhausting” European tour with The Cookers, a group of veteran jazz musicians. The Cookers have been […]

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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

Stewart’s directorial film debut, Rosewater, is based on the memoir of an Iranian journalist who was arrested after appearing on The Daily Show By TALIA LAVIN 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 […]

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

A wife’s captivating tribute

Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me, by Lucinda Franks; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 390 pages, $28 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER If opposites attract, it’s little wonder that recovering radical Lucinda Franks, and respected and feared District Attorney Robert Morgenthau — poster children for May-December marriage — cling to each other as if welded. They met in […]

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Yiddish tango links time, space and musical styles

Tango music was born in late 19th-century Argentina in communities of newly arrived European immigrants, many of them Jews By ANTHONY WEISS 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 […]

Friday, August 15th, 2014

When tragedy tests a family

All I Love and Know, by Judith Frank, William Morrow, 422 pages, $26.99 Reviewed by LISA RACHAEL WALKER Judith Frank’s second novel begins just after a family tragedy: Daniel Rosen’s identical twin brother, Joel, an esteemed radio personality in Israel, has just been killed with his wife in a terrorist attack in a Jerusalem café. […]

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Our annual Peter Himmelman story

Renowned singer-songwriter returns Sept. 14 to headline Herzl Camp’s ‘Music & Musings’ event By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Peter Himmelman understands that his role will be that of “featured entertainer, performer, facilitator,” for the Sept. 14 Herzl Camp benefit, “Music & Musings at the Mercaz.” (The mercaz is the amphitheater at the camp.) The event, which will […]

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Solving crime in Tel Aviv

A Possibility of Violence, by D.A. Mishani, 282 pages, Harper, $26.99 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER D.A. Mishani’s catchy crime novel doesn’t begin with a murder — although we learn that one has occurred — and doesn’t end with a clever police detective perfectly and easily solving what develops into two cases. It’s also interesting that […]

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