Monday, August 31, 2015 Elul 16, 5775

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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
James Undercofler's new position as president/CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association is a homecoming of sorts. Born in Ardmore, he attended Philadelphia Orchestra young people's concerts and studied the French horn with Clarence Mayer, a member of the ensemble's horn section. He is the only CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra -- and probably one of very few orchestra administrators throughout...
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Philadelphian awakens to being a Broadway star
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What better time than the heart of winter for Broadway to mend its heart with a much-needed "Spring" break? And "Spring Awakening" is just that, a break from the past prosaic way of performing things on Broadway, where the tried-and-true traditional has become so ho-hum -- with more an emphasis on the first -- that it would even make Tevye...
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Its place in politics, its place in social criticism - See more at: http://je.pliner.com/article/11705/Art_as_a_Weapon/#sthash.WoypezFx.dpuf
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My father was a mass of contradictions. He was perhaps the only Jewish person I ever knew who'd lived through the Great Depression and never harbored a single left-wing sentiment. He was a Jewish conservative before anyone knew such an animal existed -- and a staunch anti-Communist in an age when Jewish radicalism had a romantic aura to it. Because...
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They're really just stone steps, all 72 of them: five flights of 13 and another with seven steps -- and those last ones are always the toughest on the legs. But throw in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the panoramic view of Center City in the backdrop, along with some background music provided by film composer Bill Conti's "Gonna...
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See what modernity's brought to the table
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Is there such a thing as Israeli cuisine? After all, Israel is a nation of immigrants -- they came from Eastern Europe, Russia, Yemen, Ethiopia ... from all corners of the world. They arrived in Palestine with their own culinary customs and culture, with cooking pots slung over their shoulders and recipes carried in their memories. But they soon found...
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