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DECEMBER 28, 2017 – Call 2017 a banner year for women and diversity at area theaters. On small and large stages alike, rich and well-acted productions ranged from a revived solo work about Golda Meir, to an all-women ‘’Julius Caesar,’’ to a moving look at the developing relationship of a closeted gay Jewish aid worker Read More

DECEMBER 14, 2017 – “What is it All but Luminous: Notes from an underground man” By Art Garfunkel Alfred A. Knopf (www.aaknopf.com) Though he has often been touted and entitled “the Singer,” in his new journal of recollection, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Art Garfunkel takes a much more humble view of himself Read More

DECEMBER 14, 2017 – BOSTON – Right now Boston does not have a Jewish theater company, but the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) hopes to change that. Evolving from the New Center for Arts and Culture and the Boston Jewish Musical Festival, JArts has sought to serve as a catalyst for the development of such a Read More

DECEMBER 7, 2017 – Leave it to Ilyse Robbins to put a hora and a kazatzke in Greater Boston Stage Company’s revival of the 1963 Broadway musical, “She Loves Me.” The newly appointed associate artistic director of the company formerly known as The Stoneham Theatre has inserted these dance sequences into a lively Café Imperial Read More

DECEMBER 7, 2017 – Ringo Starr, the famed drummer of the Beatles, announced he plans to bring his All Starr Band to Tel Aviv next year. Starr is set to play two shows at the Menora Mivtachim Arena on June 23 and 24. With the announcement, Starr will become the second Beatle to perform in Read More

DECEMBER 7, 2017 – The riveting Netflix documentary, “One of Us,” follows three New Yorkers in various stages of the painful process of leaving their Hasidic community. The lone woman among them is far and away the film’s most memorable character, in part because she has the most harrowing journey. “Etty was in the middle Read More

NOVEMBER 30, 2017 – When Gabriel Meyer Halevy takes the stage at Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim on Dec. 2, he will be making both music and community. The Argentinian-born Israeli is a world traveler, peace maker, and seeker. He is the son of the late Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer, who transformed Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Read More

NOVEMBER 30, 2017 – BOSTON – There are religious leaders – some seemingly devoutly Christian, some supposedly Orthodox Jewish – who manipulate wealthy benefactors or take advantage of innocent young protégés. To borrow from Moliere, such so-called spiritual mentors virtually throw the Ten Commandments out the proverbial window as they prey on vulnerable disciples. The Read More

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 – Author David G. Dalin (“Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan”) delighted over 100 people last week, telling anecdotes of Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court. Dalin discussed the relationships between the justices and the presidents who appointed them, as well as the role that anti-Semitism played in Read More

NOVEMBER 16,2017 - At first glance, the two refugee groups seem similar. The approximate size for each group was about 700,000, and members of both had left their homes during the same time period from 1948 to 1952. There the similarities stopped. The Palestinians had left their homes because of wartime conditions. These relocations were Read More