Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, long considered a major national school for training artists, is a proper home for the esteemed Eduard Schmieder, who just assumed the position of the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Violin. Schmieder comes to Boyer after occupying academic chairs at numerous universities in Texas and Los Angeles. He is also the...
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Dr. Marsha B. Edelman, JE Feature
The Philadelphia Orchestra has traveled the world, but this month, it is engaging in a unique set of intercultural journeys. Not coincidentally, that is the name of a nonprofit organization that's the brainchild of Ohad ("Udi") Bar-David, an Israeli-born cellist who joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1987. His organization is designed to "promote understanding among people of diverse cultures," and...
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Ryan Teitman
"It's addictive to work with glass. You forget about your body. You forget about yourself." So says Rachel Shoham, who, every day when she re-enters her studio, remains anxious to check the kiln. Since she leaves things to fire overnight, she never quite knows what she'll find inside: a fortunate surprise or an unexpected setback. That very anticipation is one...
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Ryan Teitman
"My culture of origin is in a head-on collision with the rest of the world," Nonie Darwish told the crowd gathered at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim in Northeast Philadelphia. The Egyptian-born journalist, lecturer and founder of ArabsForIsrael.com , a Web site that supports the state of Israel and Middle Eastern peace, spoke to the congregation on Feb. 26 about...
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In our overly complex and sophisticated societies, where buildings soar to greater and greater heights -- and with designs that seem to shoot off at more and more fanciful angles -- we often forget that the very first kind of architecture was residential, that is, the simple roof people chose to put over their heads. In his introductory remarks to...
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