Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775

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Cantor David Tilman, JE Feature
Just what is a Radical Jewish Music Festival? One being held at six different venues throughout the University of Pennsylvania and West Philadelphia neighborhoods, no less. "Radical" ... "Jewish." My interest and curiosity were stimulated by these words, enough so that I attended the fifth program of the March festival, featuring singer Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, together with pianist Anat Fort...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
The date was Dec. 15, 1898. Congregation Kesher Israel at 412 Lombard St. was decked out in American and "Jewish colors," according to an article that appeared in the Jewish Exponent at the time. Early American Zionist leaders Dr. Schepschel Schaffer and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, who had both attended the Second Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, just weeks earlier,...
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For American Jews who grew up in the 1950s and '60s, the appearance of Leon Uris' novel Exodus in 1958 -- and the inevitable Hollywood blockbuster drawn from it, which premiered in 1960 -- was an unprecedented event. Our parents and their contemporaries made the book a best-seller. I would bet most Jewish teenagers can recall seeing a copy of...
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim is a crazy, "anything goes" holiday, where it's even encouraged to drink heavily. Kids and adults alike masquerade in costumes. Girls love to be Queen Esther, with sparkly crowns and dresses; for boys, it's the wicked Haman, with big false nose, floppy ears and the notorious tricorn hat. During services, Haman is mocked with groggers, booing, hissing and the...
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No country for old minyans? In a modern-day movie milieu where the au courant currency exchange at the box office seems to be blood money, does a nice movie that is heartfelt and haimisch have a prayer? If it's "Praying With Lior," which focuses on the davening dervish of a phenomenon that is Lior Liebling, it does. Indeed, it has...
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Arts and Culture Events

Sat. Oct 25
Adath Israel
4:00 PM
Sat. Oct 25
Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El
7:30 PM
Sun. Oct 26
Germantown Jewish Centre
10:00 AM

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