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OCTOBER 18, 2018 - Just the other day, I was playing my Sony Discman, wondering which song would come next in the “shuffle” mode, and I got to thinking: I wonder where Peabody’s funniest son is? Though he now lives in New York, Gary Gulman, the finalist on NBCs’ “Last Comic Standing” and regular on Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018 - Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is known as one of the brightest lights of the German Expressionism Movement. After escaping the early wave of Nazi anti-Semitism, the Austrian native left Munich and ended up in Boston in 1933. After a year or so, he moved to Los Angeles, where he continued as one Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018 - Judaism has always been a central part of artist Allen Spivack’s life, so it is not surprising that his sculptures more often than not have Jewish themes. What may be more surprising is Spivack’s road to becoming a full-time artist. After growing up in Wilmington, Del., Spivack attended George Washington University and Read More

Over the years, Ken Baltin has played roles as diverse as Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” Lord Capulet in “Romeo and Juliet,” a real estate agent in “Glengarry Glen Ross” and a theater impresario in “Shakespeare in Love.” Now the Jewish veteran actor, of Needham, is relishing the chance to portray real life Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018, BOSTON – A curious musical number appears in the first act of “Hamilton” – namely “Ten Duel Commandments.” Whether author-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda was aware that Alexander Hamilton studied Torah and basic Hebrew at a Jewish day school on the Caribbean island of Nevis in the mid-1700s, that title – connected to the Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018 - In what promises to be a stirring evening of music and memory, two generations of an extended family with a long and noteworthy lineage will come together at Symphony Hall for a first-time collaboration at an Oct. 8 concert sponsored by the Terezin Music Foundation. The Boston-based nonprofit was founded in Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 - Alexandra Silber is a Jill of all creative trades. She is an internationally renowned Grammy-nominated American singer, writer, actress, composer and educator. She has performed on Broadway, in London’s West End, and on concert stages, including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the 57th Grammy Awards. On Sept. 26 at 7:30 Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – There are seasons when there are plays with Jewish themes by Jewish writers. This is one of them. Sept. 24 will feature a staged reading of “Bereaved,” a timely recent play by prolific Israeli dramatist Joshua Sobol. “Bereaved” focuses on two grieving couples – one Israeli, one Palestinian – each of Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – When Eric Jay Dolin realized that he wanted to be a full-time writer, he had his doubts. “I realized that the one thing I liked the most in all the jobs I’ve ever had is writing,” said Dolin, who at the time was working as a program manager for the Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – Their names may be familiar: Eve, Sarah, Rebecca, Miriam, Deborah, Ruth, Esther. They are among the women of the Hebrew Bible. But while women are present throughout the Bible, the stories often are about their fathers, husbands, and sons. Women’s stories are largely hidden or overshadowed, leading children to wonder who Read More