Sunday, September 25, 2016 Elul 22, 5776

At 19, heartthrob Zac Efron cuts a class act, on screen and off
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High school can be a high-wire act between cool and fool, king and clown, zits and hits. The taut experience has taught at least one hot hero that balance is bliss: Clearly, Zac Efron doesn't fear from Clearasil; his career is as creamy as his clear complexion as he smooth-talks his way through high school hi jinks and serves as...
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The man in the gray-flannel suit wears a plaid kipah. "Not on my watch," says Don Draper, draped in a thousand-dollar smile smeared with anti-Semitic smugness. "Mad" about the boy? Not if he's Jewish, and in the ante-enlightened ad world that is the late '50s/early '60s of "Mad Men," the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency of which Draper is lead dragon...
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Some daring prose, that readers have sadly ignored
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There are many fine writers who are totally unknown to the American public, and there are even a number of exceptional ones who have toiled throughout their entire careers neglected by the bulk of the critical establishment, never finding even a modest readership. I have always placed David Evanier in the latter category. He hasn't published a lot of fiction...
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
The word "pasta" was not part of my Jewish culinary heritage, but lucshen (the Yiddish word for egg noodles) was its counterpart, often served in my home. These golden noodles came in just two shapes: thin for chicken soups and wide for kugels. On occasion, either was sauced up with some ketchup or tossed with cottage cheese for a savory...
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"Wicked" star Brad Weinstock proves his mettle on stage, wearing his latest role as a tin badge of honor. After all, how many Jewish Munchkins grow up to be the Tin Man? "I did," chuckles the boyish Bergen County native -- now appearing as Boq, the Munchkin with heart who evolves into the Tin Man in the award-winning Broadway musical...
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