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OCTOBER 19, 2017 - Eight years ago, Holocaust survivor Judith Sherman read from her memoir, “Say the Name: A Survivor’s Tale in Prose and Poetry,” at Harvard Divinity School. Local playwright Anne Marilyn Lucas was in the audience. Lucas had a strong feeling that Sherman’s story would be a great play; she wanted others to Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - Imagine a tyrannical regime with a corrupt and sexually predatory police chief. Then add a revolutionary artist and his opera diva love struggling for real freedom in a city where religious officials become collaborators. Co-librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa vividly depicted such a dystopia in 1800 Rome for the Giacomo Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - Growing up in a musical family, Yasmin Levy was surrounded by the sounds of her native Israel and also those of her ancestral homelands. “There was music from the day I remember,” she recalled. “I grew up mainly listening to great singers and musicians who became my inspiration.” Among the most Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 – TOPSFIELD – Gatherings north of Boston joined musical forces with communities across the country late last month, when local musicians performed at Topsfield Common as part of Concert Across America, a coordinated five-day effort against gun violence. At churches and synagogues, town halls, and public parks in over 200 cities and Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 – This painting, “Alisa’s Path,” by Tamara Wolfson was awarded first place at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Plein Air Competition. Tamara Wolfson is an award-winning artist and owner of A+Murals that specializes in Trompe L’oeil, murals, faux finishes, and other aspects of interior decorating Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 – Exquisite paintings of local people and places, as well as abstract images, are being presented in Olga Gernovski’s “Chords of Colors” exhibit at the Abbot Public Library through October 26. Gernovski’s paintings feature flowers, fall scenes, seascapes, tango dancers and portraits of locals, as well as landscapes of far off places Read More

OCTOBER 19, 2017 - Jewish Journal Editor and Publisher Steven A. Rosenberg welcomed Jews who traveled from throughout the North Shore to the first Jewish Journal Literary Salon on Tuesday night. The evening of Jewish storytelling  gave a voice to people who wanted to share their stories about Jewish identity, and experiences. The program was Read More

OCTOBER 5, 2017 – If the Tevye of “Fiddler on the Roof” is a kind of atypical everyman, Mama Rose of “Gypsy” is likewise an unlikely everywoman. Curiously, both characters repeatedly make reference to the “Good Book.” Where the former’s fictional religious Jewish milkman tries to determine his daughters’ respective futures according to tradition, the Read More

OCTOBER 5, 2017 – Singer/songwriter Neshama Carlebach, a passionate advocate for inclusion in synagogue, will headline Congregation Shirat Hayam’s Shir Lanu (“One Song-Every Voice”) Inclusion Initiative Celebration October 27 and 28. “When you’re accepting people who are different than you, it means that you have acceptance and love in your heart. Period. And if you Read More

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – MARBLEHEAD – With a lineup that includes legendary journalist Lesley Stahl (September 26), famed attorney Marcia Clark (September 28), nutrition expert Julie Feldman (October 19), and best-selling author Alice Hoffman (October 25), the 23rd annual speaker series at the JCC of the North Shore in Marblehead offers something for everyone. “Once Read More