Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775
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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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Why's a nice Jewish girl "slumming" playing Lucy the Slut? It's all in a day's -- and night's -- work, insists Jacqueline Grabois, whose handiwork includes manipulating anything-but-pedestrian puppets in "Avenue Q," the street theater of a different sort that took home the Tony Award as best musical on Broadway in 2004, and continues its raucously funny road tour this...
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Rebecca Naomi Jones jolts Green Day's rock opera
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"Whatsername" is making a name for herself. Even as her character is relegated to the nameless, faceless fast crowd strung out on struggles, Rebecca Naomi Jones has the jones for what she is doing -- and what she does is spark "American Idiot" into the stellar stage of brilliant rock opera for which even "Tommy" would have left his pinball...
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Connie Williams is as familiar with the canvas of the state capitol as she is with the frameworks of beauty that is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Now, the longtime former state representative and senator from the Main Line is a main draw in the art world: She has brought her whipsaw smarts and soulful style to the Philadelphia Museum of...
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Drawing on memories, drawing on canvas: The Multicultural Theatre of the Galilee combines media of the mind and the arts to present "Sofia's Drawings," a daughter's multimedia mitzvah of a remembrance of both her mother's and grandmother's ties to the Shoah. Efrat Hadani's healing work is part of a one-day Jewish Theatre Festival, to be staged on Sunday, April 25,...
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