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JULY 13, 2017 – LENOX – Amy Herzog clearly loves Jewish stage grandmother Vera Joseph. The talented playwright based the independent-minded matriarch of her 2010 “After the Revolution” and 2011 “4000 Miles” on her own beloved activist Greenwich Village grandmother,  Leepee Joseph, who passed away three years ago at the age of 96. Vera, a Read More

JULY 13, 2017 – Having first burst onto the music scene in 1994 with the platinum-selling single “Stay (I Missed You),” Lisa Loeb has continued to find success through her independent spirit and natural talent. Loeb will appear at The Center for the Arts in Natick on July 13 and at the Shalin Liu Performance Read More

JUNE 29, 2017 – NEW YORK – Chaja Rubinstein and Florence Nightingale Graham never actually met or spoke, but the cosmetic pioneers known as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden had a lot in common as businesswomen. Both Rubinstein, born to Jewish parents in Poland, and Arden, who began life as part of an Episcopalian farming Read More

JUNE 29, 2017 – NEWTON – Nearly 10 years ago, Stephan Ross, a Boston-area Holocaust survivor, spoke with a group of students at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester. Ross described his early life as a Jewish child in Lodz, Poland, and his remarkable survival through Nazi atrocities. He recalled his liberation at Read More

  JUNE 29, 2017 – In the summer of 1984, when the distinguished American Jewish essayist Phillip Lopate was 41, he taped his brassy, vulgar, vindictive, smart, and sometimes hilarious mother telling her life story for over 20 hours. She was 66. The tapes sat in a shoebox for more than 30 years until Lopate Read More

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