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NOVEMBER 1, 2018, NEWTON – “This is Théodore; today is his bar mitzvah, and he’s going to read us the parashah,” says Rivkah, a rabbi living in Paris, about a boy sitting sullenly in a synagogue, hoping his father will arrive. “Is everything OK, Théodore?” “My father still isn’t here,” Théodore replies before screaming, kicking Read More

NOVEMBER 1, 2018, WALTHAM – A letter from Leonard Bernstein pays tribute to Solomon Braslavsky, the esteemed European-born music director of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, the Bernstein family synagogue in Boston during Leonard’s youth. Film clips include footage of Bernstein at Jerusalem’s Western Wall and the sounds of Bernstein’s wide-ranging scores enliven the gallery from audio Read More

NOVEMBER 1, 2018 - Guy Ben-Aharon regularly makes ‘exploration trips’ in Israel to see productions of contemporary theater. During his last such effort in January, the Israeli Stage artistic director saw “Demonstrate” (Tadgimi in Hebrew) at the Tel-Aviv Museum. As Ben-Aharon recently told the Journal, Daphna Silberg – a leading Israeli theater director/conceiver – staged Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018 - Just the other day, I was playing my Sony Discman, wondering which song would come next in the “shuffle” mode, and I got to thinking: I wonder where Peabody’s funniest son is? Though he now lives in New York, Gary Gulman, the finalist on NBCs’ “Last Comic Standing” and regular on Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018 - Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is known as one of the brightest lights of the German Expressionism Movement. After escaping the early wave of Nazi anti-Semitism, the Austrian native left Munich and ended up in Boston in 1933. After a year or so, he moved to Los Angeles, where he continued as one Read More

OCTOBER 18, 2018 - Judaism has always been a central part of artist Allen Spivack’s life, so it is not surprising that his sculptures more often than not have Jewish themes. What may be more surprising is Spivack’s road to becoming a full-time artist. After growing up in Wilmington, Del., Spivack attended George Washington University and Read More

Over the years, Ken Baltin has played roles as diverse as Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” Lord Capulet in “Romeo and Juliet,” a real estate agent in “Glengarry Glen Ross” and a theater impresario in “Shakespeare in Love.” Now the Jewish veteran actor, of Needham, is relishing the chance to portray real life Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018, BOSTON – A curious musical number appears in the first act of “Hamilton” – namely “Ten Duel Commandments.” Whether author-composer Lin-Manuel Miranda was aware that Alexander Hamilton studied Torah and basic Hebrew at a Jewish day school on the Caribbean island of Nevis in the mid-1700s, that title – connected to the Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2018 - In what promises to be a stirring evening of music and memory, two generations of an extended family with a long and noteworthy lineage will come together at Symphony Hall for a first-time collaboration at an Oct. 8 concert sponsored by the Terezin Music Foundation. The Boston-based nonprofit was founded in Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 - Alexandra Silber is a Jill of all creative trades. She is an internationally renowned Grammy-nominated American singer, writer, actress, composer and educator. She has performed on Broadway, in London’s West End, and on concert stages, including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the 57th Grammy Awards. On Sept. 26 at 7:30 Read More