Arts & Culture

Books for fall: Good reads for when the nights get longer

Books for fall: Good reads for when the nights get longer

By Diana Brement, JewishSound Columnist Holocaust Sometimes the idea behind a book is as successful as the book itself, but sometimes the idea is more interesting than the end result. The story behind Dan J. Puckett’s “In the Shadow of Hitler: Alabama’s Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust” (Alabama, cloth, $44.95), falls into(…)

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Seattle’s first Jewish music festival to ignite Seward Park

Seattle’s first Jewish music festival to ignite Seward Park

By Boris Kurbanov, Special to The Jewish Sound Any time the word “music festival” is thrown around, people typically think of events like Sasquatch!, SXSW, or Bumbershoot. On August 31, Jewish music from around the world comes to Seattle for the city’s first-ever outdoor Jewish music festival, SPARK. Middle Eastern rock, contemporary Klezmer, Hasidic folk, and(…)

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When the plate comes without food

When the plate comes without food

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound When there are so many of us in our Jewish community that don’t worry about where our next meal is coming from, we can easily forget there are plenty who do. That’s why so many local Jewish organizations have come together to offer a showing of a documentary,(…)

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A Small Act

A Small Act

Sunday, August 24 at 3:30 p.m. Film and Bar Mitzvah project fundraiser Underscoring education’s crucial role in alleviating poverty and conflict, “A Small Act,” about a Swedish Holocaust survivor who sponsored a young Kenyan man’s education, shows that no gesture is too small to effect tremendous change. After visiting a school in Tanzania, Micah Tratt, of(…)

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SPARK Outdoor Jewish Music Festival

SPARK Outdoor Jewish Music Festival

A day of live music, vendors, food, games and friends in Seward Park! The first-ever outdoor festival headlines with the popular Moshav Band, plus locals Nissim, Sasson, Eli Rosenblatt, Erev Rav, Ben Yosef and spoken-word artist Ari Lesser. Kosher falafel truck! Face painting, henna, squirrel balls, a bouncy house, sack races and more — all in the(…)

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After Auschwitz: A Love Story

After Auschwitz: A Love Story

Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. Book talk and signing Two of the 20th century’s terrible A’s collide in this powerful new novel by Brenda Webster: Alzheimer’s Disease and the Auschwitz death camp. Set in Rome in 2010, Renzo, a once brilliant writer and filmmaker, is aware that he is slipping deeper and deeper into(…)

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Twenty-five years later: Still laughing at Seinfeld

Twenty-five years later: Still laughing at Seinfeld

Twenty-five years ago this month, The Seinfeld Chronicles made its debut and four borderline sociopaths living in existential desperation made their way into our lives for the next nine years.   The “show about nothing,” which NBC execs initially didn’t believe would click with audiences while calling its premise “too New York, too Jewish,” was(…)

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Eddie trashes Israel

Eddie trashes Israel

By JTA World News Service Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder on Friday denounced Israel in an expletive-laden tirade during a concert in England. “I swear to f***ing god, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill,” Vedder said. “They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take(…)

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A mix of cultures in children’s books

A mix of cultures in children’s books

By Rita Berman Frischer, Special to The Jewish Sound As the grandmother of cross-cultural Jewish children, I’m especially interested in how this phenomenon plays out in Jewish Seattle, with its seemingly open doors and open minds. So when I recently received three children’s books for review, all dealing with how young cross-culture Jews interact with(…)

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New anthology proves local Jews can, and do, play sports

New anthology proves local Jews can, and do, play sports

By Boris Kurbanov, Special to The Jewish Sound When I was 14, my friend Yoni and I took in a Yankees game on a late spring night. As we watched Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Shawn Green — first-round draft pick, two-time All-Star, Jew — take batting practice in the humid New York evening air, the(…)

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Summer books: Working women, personal problems

Summer books: Working women, personal problems

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Even when work is going well, personal problems always seem to rear up. At least that is how it goes for these female and Jewish protagonists — whether in the 21st or 16th centuries — featured in a crop of newly published novels. Sharing some superficial similarities, four of(…)

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Books in Brief: Our little-known history

Books in Brief: Our little-known history

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Cookbooks One might assume that “Eating the Bible” by Rena Rossner (Skyhorse, cloth, $24.95) would give you recipes using garlic, leeks, melon, cucumbers and well-cooked meat — all foods mentioned in the Bible. But Rossner makes clear from the start that her intent was to create recipes inspired by(…)

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International tales of Jewish intrigue

International tales of Jewish intrigue

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Jean (Mosseri) Naggar was 19 when her family received an expulsion notice. It was 1957 Cairo, in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis, and Jews were fleeing Egypt en masse. The office they were to report to, ironically, was on a street named for her grandfather.(…)

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