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World War II Play About Jewish Refugees Resonates More Than Ever for Playwright

While millions of Jews were attempting to flee Europe in 1939, Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus were planning a trip there. Of course, it was no...

Opera Man David Gvinianidze Looks to Promote the Genre

The name David Gvinianidze doesn’t roll off your tongue like an Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti or his idol, Philadelphia’s own Mario Lanza. In fact,...

Philly Performance Brings Actress Monica Horan Rosenthal ‘Full Circle’

The Philadelphia area influenced Monica Horan Rosenthal throughout her career as an actress. She credits Upper Darby Summer Stage with fostering a love of performing,...

Kinky Friedman ‘On the Road Again’ With First New Songs in 40 Years

Kinky Friedman has been resurrected. The self-styled Texas Jewboy, who ran for governor of the state of Texas in 2006 and is famous for such...

New Local Film Festival Focuses on Sustainability and the Environment

Leonardo DiCaprio is coming to Philly Earth Day weekend. Well, not physically. But you can see Before the Flood — the documentary in which he...

Rabbi Akiva Made the Jews Who They Are Today, Says Biographer

By David Holzel It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nai B’rak. They...

Novels Set in Opposing Time Periods Reveal Portraits of Jewish Life and the Struggle...

JE STAFF The Yid Paul Goldberg $16, paperback Picador Take the madness of King Lear, the dark, playful tone of Inglorious Basterds, the backdrop of Soviet Russia, add...

Comedian Don Rickles Dies at 90

Caustic Borscht Belt comedian Don Rickles — who married a Philadelphia native named Barbara Sklar — died April 6 at the age of 90,...

Upcoming Film Tells Unbelievable Story of France’s Michel Cojot

It’s fair to say the story of the 1976 raid in Entebbe is well-known. But there is one character who might not be as...

Musical Duel Makes Debut U.S. Performance at Congregations of Shaare Shamayim

In opera, there are plenty of famous duels, but on April 9, you can see a new kind: a vocal duel between tenors and...