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DECEMBER 13, 2018 – Digging deep into the history of the United States reveals a largely unrecognized fact: Jews played a role in the events that launched the American Revolution. Like their fellow early settlers, they were divided in their loyalties, but there is no denying they had skin in the game. The most famous Read More

DECEMBER 13, 2018 – “Tikkun Olam feels so central to my life as a Jew,” said Jason Slavick, the former Gann Academy Arts Department chair and artistic director for the local troupe Liars and Believers. Now, Slavick has turned that passion for improving and repairing the world into an experimental piece that combines storytelling, an Read More

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 – Call Emile Griffith’s famous 1962 championship win fighting Benny ‘The Kid’ Paret a tri-ethnic collaboration. As Gordon Clapp (who played the lead detective on the acclaimed “NYPD” television series) recently told the Journal, Howard Albert co-managed and promoted the black boxer with trainer Gil Clancy. In fact, the New England-based actor Read More

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 – “We’re building a country, we’re in a hurry, and it isn’t always pretty,” says Arie, one of the main characters in Martin Fletcher’s new novel “Promised Land,” as he drives through a flurry of traffic in Tel Aviv in 1950. Indeed, “Promised Land” tells the fast, not-always-pretty story of the first Read More

NOVEMBER 22, 2018 – When Gaston Bernstein and his family watched Pentatonix win “The Sing-Off” on TV in 2011, little did he know that he himself would soon be immersed in the world of a cappella. Yet together with his wife, Cantor Sandy Bernstein, Gaston recently staged a wildly successful New England Jewish Collegiate A Read More

NOVEMBER 22, 2018 – While emailing with the Journal editor, I let him know that (lucky me!) I had been on a trip to Japan. “Is there a Jewish angle?” he asked. At first I thought: What … in Japan? And then I thought: There is always a Jewish angle. No matter where we travel Read More

NOVEMBER 22, 2018 – Lisa Kron and Alison Bechdel have a lot in common. Both are lesbian daughters – the former of a Jewish Holocaust survivor and the latter of a closeted English teacher and funeral home director – who have written about their respective relationships with their fathers. In “2.5 Minute Ride,” her Obie Read More

NOVEMBER 22, 2018 – When Fran Levy-Freiman was a little girl, she used to hear a series of noises coming from the living room just as she was trying to go to sleep. First, there was the clicking of shuffling stacks of ceramic tiles. Then, her mother and her friends would call out a series Read More

Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel, died on November 12, 2018, at the age of 95 in Los Angeles, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter. Stanley Martin Lieber was born in Manhattan on Dec. 28, 1922 to Romanian-born Jewish immigrants, and started at Timely Comics in 1939, creating or co-creating Read More

NOVEMBER 1, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – Rabbi Ariel Burger was 15 when he met Elie Wiesel for the first time. His stepfather, a conductor who worked with Wiesel on a musical project, introduced the two after a lecture in New York, sparking a connection that would span over a quarter of a century. As Wiesel’s undergraduate Read More