“Koch”: The Mayor, The Movie

February 8, 2013
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Former 3-term New York City mayor Ed Koch was a controversial figure. The mayor, who was the second Jewish denizen to hold the post, served from 1978 to 1989, and is credited with saving the city from financial ruin and improving city housing, services, and education. But as Koch, the new documentary by…

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Breaking and Entering

February 7, 2013
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The year is 1994 and psychologist Richard Shapiro has accidentally burned down a California state forest. Weeks earlier, his young patient had committed suicide, and the blazing forest hastens Richard’s slide toward mental breakdown. He and his wife Louise, an exasperated school guidance counselor, decide to start their and their…

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50 Years of Allan Sherman

February 6, 2013
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Before Weird Al Yankovic there was Allan Sherman. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Sherman’s biggest hit, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” a hilarious song in the form of a letter from a kid at sleepaway camp to his doting parents, and which features hapless campers like Joe Spivey (and his poison…

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Los Desterrados

February 5, 2013
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Music arouses strong emotions, whether it makes you nostalgic, teary, angry, or just completely blisses you out. But sometimes a song or album is so remarkable that it doesn’t just touch you—it transports you to another place and time.  The London-based Sephardic Flamenco band Los Desterrados – “The Exiles” –  is making…

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Alef Beit Stretch

February 4, 2013
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Considering how much Jews love yoga, kabbalah, and Jewish-Eastern hybrids (Soy Vay teriyaki sauce, anyone?), it was only a matter of time until a Jewish yoga emerged. And then re-emerged, in the form of Alef Beit Stretch, the brainchild of Dekelyah Winer, an Israeli Hasidic woman who currently lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.…

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OMGWTFBIBLE

February 1, 2013
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On the third Monday of every month, at New York City’s Parkside Lounge, the comedian and writer David Tuchman hosts what could be described as a rather, well, unorthodox reading of the weekly Torah portion. Going chapter-by-chapter through the Hebrew Bible, his monthly show OMGWTFBIBLE analyzes, questions, and dissects the text with a healthy…

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Santa Fe’s Crypto-Jews, Illustrated

January 31, 2013
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Quick, name 3 centers of Jewish culture. New York, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv? Why not include Santa Fe, New Mexico? A new graphic novel, El Iluminado, depicts present-day Santa Fe as the center of a thriving, yet hidden Jewish world: the land of the crypto-Jews, who emigrated from Spain after the expulsion…

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A Priest and a Rabbi Walk Into a Book

January 30, 2013
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Isaac Frankel’s recently-released first novel, Sacred Apples, fascinatingly explores the intersection of Judaism,Christianity, and Islam—both in Jerusalem, where the plot unfolds, and beyond. With some lines taken directly from the Bible and the Talmud, and the rest matching their high, formal tone, the novel’s language evokes Jerusalem’s religious atmosphere and heritage. The story follows a young Catholic priest,…

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The Loopy Truths of Jewish Signatures

January 29, 2013
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By now you’ve probably heard: Jack Lew, President Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary, signs his name like your Uncle Saul after too much Manischewitz. And now his sloppy John Hancock may get scribbled across our $10s and $20s for years to come. Though Lew is the one currently in the spotlight, he isn’t…

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A Punk Fiddler

January 28, 2013
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“In our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is crazy.” In most productions of Fiddler on the Roof Tevye delivers these opening lines ponderously, reflectively—a bit, you could say, maudlinly. But the teenage cast members of a recent New Jersey production took a slightly different tack. Under…

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Gangsta Meets Grandma: Bubala Please

January 25, 2013
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Want a recipe for a viral video that gets the Jews a-“like”-ing and doesn’t star a tallis-wearing cat? Try this: start with essence of Cheech and Chong but replace the half-Chinese guy with a black guy. Add Grandma Feygie, her mahjong friends, and the secret ingredient from her latke recipe. Season with equal parts Adam Sandler  and Richard…

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Video: Shout-out to Omaha Jews!

January 24, 2013
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“Summer’s hot like us, but in the winters: brrr! / Jews in the Midwest, that’s no slur.” Nebraskan teens sing their truth with Bible Raps.

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