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Congregation Kehillath Israel presents “A Love Story,” a live concert production that will be packed with the most romantic melodies known to man, performed by some of the best musical artists in Greater Boston. Produced by Center Makor, Congregation Kehillath Israel and Olga Lisovskaya Productions, the concert will showcase carefully chosen repertoire – from soaring Read More

Shelley A. Sackett Special to the Journal When local filmmaker Joe Cultrera, businessman Paul Van Ness and Salem Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rinus Oosthoek gathered at the fledgling CinemaSalem’s café in 2007, they all shared a common goal: to create a film festival that would be fair to documentary filmmakers and attractive to audiences Read More

It started innocently enough. R. Harvey Bravman of Brookline received a phone call from Lloyd Gellineau, Director or Diversity for the town of Brookline. He invited Harvey to a meeting to discuss producing a documentary about Brookline at the Health Department. “There was a metal closet and they opened it up,” explains Bravman. “And in Read More

Jane Hanser Special to the Journal The film “Hidden Figures,” directed by Theodore Melfi, brings us the true story of America’s zeal to put a man into space juxtaposed against the remarkable but unknown story of three black American women whose mathematical, scientific, computing and engineering genius made it possible – in an era of Read More

Jules Becker Special to the Journal James Cagney spoke Yiddish fluently. The great Irish-American actor actually learned it while growing up on New York’s East Side and notably employed the Mamaloshen in advising a Jewish immigrant looking for his dentist brother  in the 1932 film “Taxi.’’ In fact, Cagney conversed in Yiddish with the likes Read More

Shelley A. Sackett Special to the Journal It was beginning to feel a lot like Hanukkah at the Museum of Fine Arts Wednesday when the Shapiro Family Courtyard was transformed into a large-scale celebration for the senses. The oversized interactive menorah cast its magic light over the crowd as some swayed to Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Read More

Sol Gittleman Special to the Journal Every one of our families got bigger in 1964 when Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, and Joseph Stein brought Tevye, Golde, and their daughters onto the Broadway stage and into our lives. Over fifty years of history have gone by, and it’s time to remind us what Sholom Aleichem intended Read More

Penny Schwartz Special to the Journal The Museum of Fine Arts will be aglow for the third annual community Hanukkah celebration with a free public program on Wednesday, December 14, that features a lively array of art, music and storytelling. Free admission begins at 4 pm. Based on the first two years, the bar for Read More

New Public Television Documentary Explores Cultural Connections Featuring the Late Actor Fyvush Finkel of “Boston Public” in One of His Last Interviews  Premieres in Boston area Sunday, December 4 at 5 pm on New Hampshire Public Television’s Create channel Hugs and Knishes: A Celebration of Our Jewish Foods and Traditions explores the rich history of Read More

Shelley A. Sackett Special to the Journal If, as Mark Twain said, “Clothes makes the man,” then the Peabody Essex Museum’s newest exhibit is full throttle support for a complementary adage: “Shoes make the woman.” “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” showcases 300 pairs of shoes by more than 130 designers and artists that range from the Read More