Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Director Michael Winterbottom tops himself in Daniel Pearl tale
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It was the camera shot heard 'round the world -- a concord of angst and anomie released in a scripted scream so terrifying it empties the empyrean angels of their seats to the right side of God. Certainly, God is in the heavens, but not all is right with the world. That scream is the atonal atrophy of Mariane Pearl's...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
Take one guy rapping to a hip-hop beat, one gospel belter testifying over a sprightly klezmer melody, and one country sweetheart trilling on top of an old Jewish cowboy lament. Mix carefully. Sounds weird, right? In fact, it's the recipe for "You Are Never Alone," the loveliest track on Socalled's fantastic and fascinating new album, "Ghettoblaster." Socalled (born Josh Dolgin)...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Last November, the National Center for Jewish Film, a motion-picture archive and resource center in residence at Brandeis University, issued a new two-volume DVD set, parts of which had been released in VS format in 1990. The earlier tapes were derived from a 1931 film titled "The Voice of Israel," which was produced and directed by Joseph Seiden, an early...
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The two and only? That's Steve Solomon and now Paul Kreppel -- the only two to take on the title role of Solomon's wise and witty "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy," the ethnic-run-amok one-man show of a thousand angsts at the Westside Theatre in New York, where Kreppel tries on Solomon's neurosis for sighs as...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
Nothing is ever black and white, especially when it comes to people. Take, for example, the situation with Israel's Bedouin population, particularly in the south of the country, in the Negev Desert. There, some 180,000 Bedouin reside -- all citizens of Israel, but some black, and some white. The so-called white Bedouin are often dark-skinned, in typical Middle Eastern fashion,...
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