Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775
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Ruth Ellen Gruber, JE Feature
NOCARA, Italy — During the 1970s and '80s, my parents spent considerable chunks of time in southern Italy, documenting local life in Nocara, a wind-swept Calabrian village that clings to the crest of a half-mile-high hill overlooking the Gulf of Taranto. My father, Jacob W. Gruber, was an anthropologist at Temple University, and was there to carry out an ethnographic...
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Kenny Solms ... a Jewish Don Quixote? Tilting at windmills has generated the solar power to outshine others in the TV industry, where Peabody and Emmy have double-dated with writer Solms over the years as Dulcineas accompanying the dulcet tones of his scripted words for such icons as Carol Burnett and Neil Diamond. Is he our very own Man of...
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With all her bigtime Broadway credits as producer, who knew that Ruth Hendel was also involved in an off-Broadway fringe festival? "I've been making tallitsim for almost 20 years," she reveals, recalling her start a few years before her son -- now 29 -- had his Bar Mitzvah. Over the years, she has made more than a triple-chai's worth for...
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Z.P. Heller, JE Feature
"Talk is cheap," Rabbi Menachem Schmidt told an enthralled congregation on a recent Friday night, their half-filled plastic Kiddush cups raised high. "The reason we drink wine on the Sabbath is to show something special is happening here." The Lubavitch rabbi then led the crowd in prayer, eliciting a collective "Amen." Indeed, this was no ordinary Shabbat service. Schmidt was...
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Jew-dy! Jew-dy! Jew-dy! Cary Grant as cantorial soloist? No, just the reaction from Judy Gold's heavy-mettle fans who thinks she's the cream (pareve) in their coffee. She gets to caffeinate and perk a lot this weekend, having a cup with a couple of stand-up shows at the Kaiserman JCC www.phillyjcc.com in Wynnewood on July 18, followed by her performance at...
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