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SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – There are seasons when there are plays with Jewish themes by Jewish writers. This is one of them. Sept. 24 will feature a staged reading of “Bereaved,” a timely recent play by prolific Israeli dramatist Joshua Sobol. “Bereaved” focuses on two grieving couples – one Israeli, one Palestinian – each of Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018, MARBLEHEAD – When Eric Jay Dolin realized that he wanted to be a full-time writer, he had his doubts. “I realized that the one thing I liked the most in all the jobs I’ve ever had is writing,” said Dolin, who at the time was working as a program manager for the Read More

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – Their names may be familiar: Eve, Sarah, Rebecca, Miriam, Deborah, Ruth, Esther. They are among the women of the Hebrew Bible. But while women are present throughout the Bible, the stories often are about their fathers, husbands, and sons. Women’s stories are largely hidden or overshadowed, leading children to wonder who Read More

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