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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

The selection committee of the International Jewish Film Festival has been hard at work since January and the result is a menu of films with something to satisfy every taste. From the serious (women’s roles in Orthodox Judaism, politics, the Holocaust) to the whimsical (Mah-jongg) and beyond (Star Trek’s Mr. Spock), this year’s line up Read More

Think multi-award winners director Judith Braha and actress Bobbie Steinbach, and you know something sensational is going to occur on stage.
 Braha and Steinbach have worked together eight times in various Boston and area theaters, making theatrical magic. Besides building a solid working relationship together, they’re good friends, who share each other’s philosophy, work ethic Read More

Film festivals aren’t just reserved for Cannes or Sundance. In fact, each year right in the North Shore’s backyard, the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation hosts The Merrimack Valley Jewish Film Festival. Now in its seventh year, the festival originated by Executive Director Laurie Tishler Mindlin out of a need for more Jewish cultural programs in Read More

From the plains of Argentina to the hallowed, magical halls of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, a new crop of children’s books for Passover transports children to unexpected places for the eight day Festival of Freedom that begins this year with the first seder, on Monday evening, April 10. Among the engaging and informative books and new Read More

Yehudi Wyner was feted by and featured in a concert on Wednesday, March 22nd at Jordan Hall. Sponsored by the Jewish Arts Collaborative, the concert was a part of an annual series dedicated to the memory of entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael B. Rukin. Jim Ball, Director of Communications for the Jewish Arts Collaborative, who introduced Read More