Sunday, August 30, 2015 Elul 15, 5775

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The roughly 200 or so people who'd gathered in the social hall at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J., couldn't help but chuckle as the DVD clip from the pre-VCR-era show "All in the Family" played on a giant projection screen. The scene that elicited hearty laughs was taken from a 1972 episode of the landmark series created by...
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Ryan Teitman
The students tuned violins, cellos and guitars. They assembled trombones and saxophones as they milled about the room. They plucked and tooted on their instruments, individually warming up for what awaited them that particular Sunday morning. But when teacher Rachel Lemisch entered the room, she gathered the disparate players together in a way that made clear that this was a...
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Ryan Teitman
Jonathan Hertzel's sculptures look like pillars of metallic fire. They are figures in motion, undulating and mysterious. His bronze sculpture Narrator seems to wrap its way skyward in a twisting stream of curved metal. Another work, Gathering , appears as a swirling mass -- a cross between a whirlwind and a ballet dancer. Hertzel considers himself a figurative sculptor, which...
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Art works to take a political slant on Middle East
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Created by Israeli and Palestinian artists, the 35 silkscreen prints now on display at Haverford College vary from highly abstract works to more direct representations; from the conciliatory -- a depiction of Palestinian and Israeli flags entwined with a white dove flying overhead -- to more charged expressions of war, conflict and loss in the holy land. While the pieces...
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Powerful words of poetry
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A few months back, I initiated a series of articles about Dryad Press, a small, independent venture out of Takoma Park, Md., kept afloat almost singlehandedly by Merrill Leffler, himself a poet and critic of note. The first Dryad title I discussed was 1111 Days in My Life Plus Four , primarily a diary begun by Ephraim F. Sten when...
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