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Opera Philadelphia Festival to Include Barnes-centric Performance Debut

Opera enthusiasts will have themselves a musical feast as Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural O17 festival spreads across the city from Sept. 14 to 25. The much-hyped...

Parisian Artist Homeward Bound for Exhibit at Beth David Reform Congregation

Disparities between what makes a person good or bad may be easily identifiable on the outside, but that’s not always the case on the...

Ursinus Jewish Star Exhibit a Portrait of Life Then and Now

Maybe some Ursinus College students will notice something different on campus this fall. Maybe they won’t. Maybe they’ll start asking questions, wondering why there are...

Jews Continue to be Fringe Elements for Annual Festival

A musical called As the Matzo Ball Turns set in a Los Angeles deli. A “comedy” involving a Jewish-Palestinian romance and discussions about Zionism and...

Jerry Lewis Left His Mark in Philadelphia

The press conference promoting the 1996 Philadelphia two-week revival run of Damn Yankees was moments away when the show’s star informed publicist Sharla Feldscher...

Menashe Lifts Veil on Chasidic Life and Reveals Reality, Challenges of Parenthood

With plenty of notches already in his documentary-filmmaking belt, Joshua Weinstein directed his first feature-length narrative film. Oh, and it’s in Yiddish. “It was the only...

‘Other Desert Cities’ Cultivates Fruitful Familial Drama

Swap Egypt for Palm Springs, and you’ve got a different story of Jews (kind of) wandering in the desert. Other Desert Cities begins on Christmas...

Tame Protests Breached Roger Waters’ Concerts In and Out of Wells Fargo

“Let’s get a buzz real quick and then switch to beer,” one middle-aged man suggested to his white-haired buddies less than 50 feet from...

Now You See It: New Magic Theater Stacks the Deck in Huntingdon Valley

When you think of magic, two things usually come to mind: a birthday party where someone taps a plastic wand against a black hat,...

Southern Avenue Brings Memphis Music to Walnut Street

Ori Naftaly remembers listening to his father’s expansive record collection with “all the famous blues guys” as he was growing up in Netanya, Israel. He’s...