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JUNE 15, 2017 – BOSTON — “Days of Atonement,” Israeli playwright Hanna Azoulay Hasfari’s lean, emotionally charged drama, explores the thorny and complex landscape of family dynamics against the backdrop of preparing for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Hasfari, who is the Israeli-born daughter of Arabic-speaking Moroccan Jewish immigrants, draws on Read More

JUNE 15, 2017 – NEW YORK – Can secret back channel negotiations between warring peoples succeed where open public ones do not? Should major allies with their own agendas stay out of such talks?  Could classic opponents actually have much in common? Might such enemies accomplish more by taking the risk of seeing each other’s Read More

JUNE 1, 2017 – Cantor Elana Rozenfeld has been leading the musically minded Minyan-aires at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott since 2011. In addition to serving as cantor, she also works with the Temple’s youth chorus and composes and arranges her own music. On June 25, as part of the congregation’s “Song of the Sea Read More

JUNE 1, 2017 – Jason Robert Brown is fascinated by conflicted identities. The acclaimed Jewish composer won a Tony Award for best score focusing on the proudly Southern yet unabashedly Jewish wife of framed husband Leo Frank in the haunting 1999 musical, “Parade.” In a 2007 show appropriately entitled “13,” Brown put songs to the Read More

JUNE 1, 2017 – For over 50 years, Peter Yarrow has been on the forefront of the cultural and musical zeitgeist. As a member of seminal trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow put America’s mind to music through such songs as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Puff (The Magic Dragon),” and Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in Read More

Call Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (1928-2002) a tarnished if fascinating survivor of both the Nazis and the Communists. The East German gay transvestite, born Lothar Berfelde, donated a large collection of saved Jewish music, including works by Mendelssohn and Offenbach, to Berlin’s Jewish Museum. Still, Charlotte did not shrink from putting the furniture of deported Jews Read More

MAY 18, 2017 — A quarter of a century after the death of Polish-born photographer Henryk Ross, the world is being exposed to the unforgettable images captured by the Holocaust survivor of the Lodz Ghetto, where he lived under Nazi rule for four years. An exhibit of Ross’s photographs is on view at the Museum Read More

MAY 18, 2017 — Last Friday morning, Amy Farber smiled as she strolled through the lobby of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester. It had been a good week for Cape Ann’s sole shul. The previous Sunday, Neshama Carlebach headlined a sold-out fundraiser at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center to kick off the synagogue’s planned $2.5 Read More

Nazi occupation tested the moral integrity of East Europeans during the Holocaust, and so it went for the Channel Islands. Such moments of truth about saving Jews from the Germans or handing them over surely challenged islanders from 1943 to 1945 in the only part of the British Isles taken over by the Third Reich Read More

The annual Jewish Community Center of the North Shore International Jewish Film Festival begins on Monday, and will run through Thursday, May 20. The films will be shown at the Salem Visitor Center, Warwick Cinema and JCCNS. This year’s line-up includes 12 award-winning films ranging from history, politics and drama, to comedy and documentaries. Exposing Read More