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SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – Whether you’ve heard him as the voice of the parrot Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin,” or as Digit in PBS’s “Cyberchase,” Gilbert Gottfried has been talking in his unique way for many years. For the older crowd, he may best be known for star turns in “Beverly Hills Cop II” or “The Read More

“Shani’s Shoebox” Written and illustrated by Rinat Hoffer Translated from Hebrew by Noga Applebaum Green Bean Books; ages 4-8 Be prepared to be enchanted with this gently rhyming poem-story for Rosh Hashanah by one of Israel’s most acclaimed writers and illustrators. A young girl’s new pair of shiny shoes for the Jewish New Year comes Read More

  SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 - The story idea began with an unlikely five-word phrase: “Please don’t hog the etrog.” Jane Kohuth, a Holliston-based, award-winning author, was mulling over ideas for a new Jewish children’s book. She played around with a simple piece of verse that appealed to her sense of humor and her love of Read More

AUGUST 30, 2018 – Eva Hesse’s childhood was a roller coaster of displacement, reunion, destabilization and trauma. In the journals she kept as a teenager and adult, the German-born, New York-based artist recognized the source of her chronic insecurity. Yet paradoxically, and remarkably, her work evinces no anguish or suffering, and no need to expose Read More

AUGUST 16, 2018, BOSTON – The crown jewel of Boston boasts a new luster. Closed for two years, the Emerson Colonial Theatre is showcasing the pre-Broadway tryout of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” an adaptation of the splashy Baz Luhrmann film and a celebration of the title Paris nightclub. Is the show version too glitzy for Read More

AUGUST 16, 2018 – Having taught public relations and writing at Emerson College and Boston University and an ethics course at Suffolk University, Zvi A. Sesling knows a thing or two about getting the word out. Apparently, his efforts have paid off as he was recently named the Poet Laureate of Brookline. He will give Read More

AUGUST 16, 2018, AMHERST – The Yiddish Book Center announced that they have made Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Yiddish works freely available online through the Yiddish Book Center’s Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library. This is a major milestone for readers and scholars alike as the Yiddish originals were never widely distributed and often differ significantly from Read More

AUGUST 16, 2018, BOSTON – Here are a few trivia questions for you – see how you do with them: “Mel Brooks’s Star Wars parody, ‘Spaceballs,’ replaces ‘Force’ in the ‘May the Force be with you’ with what very Jewish name?” “Collectively, what were comedians Moses Horowitz, Louis Feinberg, and Jerome Horwitz better known as?” Read More

AUGUST 16, 2018 – As a significant percentage of American Jewish millennials move away from Judaism and their connection to Israel, Kate Eppers stands out. The singer/songwriter, actress, and social worker is a vocal supporter of the Jewish homeland and is committed to advocating for the country, even if it takes hours of conversations to Read More

AUGUST 2, 2018 - Danny Burstein recently spoke to the Journal during a pre-press opening interview. The six-time Tony Award nominee (“Follies” and “South Pacific”at Lincoln Center, among others) was expressing his enthusiasm about following up his 2016 Tony nomination as Tevye with the role of impresario Harold Zidler in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” now Read More