Hana S. Sharif has launched her first season as artistic director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis with a breathtaking production of Tony Kushner’s magnum opus, “Angels in America.” That the 25-year-old play still resonates today is a credit not only to Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony…
Friday, September 13, 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019
YOKNEAM, ISRAEL — When Mentamer Beleta, an Ethiopian Jew, arrived in Israel at age 12, she suddenly felt as though she had moved away from the agrarian life depicted in the Torah.
When Sam Zvibleman was a middle school student at Parkway Central in the 1990s, friends put up signs like, “Brant loves Alison,” or “Sam loves Michelle.”
Friday, September 06, 2019
(JTA) — For “Borat,” his 2006 film, Sacha Baron Cohen went undercover as a made-up Kazakh journalist who travels America and gets unwitting targets to share his boorish and sometimes bigoted opinions. In “Who Is America,” the Jewish actor creates a variety of characters who manage to get pro…
Jessica Goldberg received the 2019 Jewish War Veterans – Charles Sandroff Scholarship. The scholarship is given each year by the Jewish War Veterans Post 644 to an outstanding high school graduate entering college. Jessica is the daughter of Nancy and Glenn Goldberg and is a freshman at Purd…
I was once again thrilled by an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Titled “Jewelry: The Body Transformed,” the exhibit is described in the museum’s brochure — “What is jewelry? Why do we wear it? What meaning does it carry?
A menorah sits on a shelf in Dave Blum and Autumn Sij’s farmhouse kitchen. The ketubah commemorating their wedding vows hangs on the wall. And outside roaming in a pasture are 65 pigs.
Farmers markets abound in the St. Louis area. More than a dozen operate each week, ranging from small operations such as the Sunday Boulevard Farmers Market across from the Galleria to sprawling markets such as the Saturday Tower Grove Park extravaganza.
Thursday, September 05, 2019
(JTA) — Scarlett Johansson threw her support behind Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse.“I love Woody,” the Jewish actress told the Hollywood Reporter in an article published Wednesday. “I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.”In 1992, Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow ac…
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
(JTA) — Theater folk in England are debating a recent revival of the musical “Falsettos,” asking whether non-Jews should be playing its Jewish characters. In an open letter, critics of the religion-blind casting complain that non-Jewish actors can at best portray only a “secondary understand…
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Labor Day weekend may signal the official end of summer — though not necessarily the end of hot weather — but it also signals the start of the 2019 Fall Arts Season, with enough performances, concerts and art openings to heat up the landscape. But hey, don’t sweat it — we’ve got you covered …
At the movies and more
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
(JTA) — The Instagram account The Dogist has turned a simple idea into a wildly popular phenomenon: Take candid photos of adorable dogs around the world, and share them with concise captions with humorous quotes from their owners.
Friday, August 23, 2019
Congregation Temple Israel is once again hosting a St. Louis-area scavenger hunt on Saturday night, Sept. 7. Each team (cars of six or less) will have to use their creativity to hunt for abstract items including themes, people, landmarks, household items and more.
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