Thursday, September 3, 2015 Elul 19, 5775

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Philadelphia's "One Book, One Jewish Community" program officially kicks off Sunday with a discussion led by this year's selected author, Mitchell James Kaplan. The Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education/Jewish Outreach Partnership announced that Kaplan's first novel, By Fire, By Water, would be the focus of this year's program before it was even published in May. That was quite a...
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If not for a friend in a secular choir who referred him to a Jewish choral gig, Robert Ross might still be singing Christian requiems instead of Jewish psalms. He'd always identified as Jewish, but hardly had any experience with the religion while growing up, much less the music. "There were vestiges of Jewish life in our household, but it...
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Playwright's 'Driving Miss Daisy' a GPS of the heart
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Silver flasks seem appropriate accoutrements for those sipping a taste of the southern comfort that is "Driving Miss Daisy" as it approaches its silver anniversary. The South will rise again -- but for the first time on Broadway -- with playwright Alfred Uhry once again in the driver's seat. This time -- 22 years after taking home the Pulitzer Prize...
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
For centuries, the jaded and the weary have flocked to health resorts with the desire for instant rejuvenation. Early written records describe the Greeks using freshwater springs to treat all manner of ailments. In Roman times, the Emperor Agrippa -- hopefully for the good health of his subjects -- built the first public bathhouse. In the 13th century, grandiose public...
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It turns out that Harry Gold was quite an efficient spy
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One of the first major pieces I wrote for the Jewish Exponent more than 25 years ago concerned a highly publicized debate held at New York's Town Hall over the guilt or innocence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the couple who'd been found guilty of treason and executed in the 1950s for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. The...
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