Arts & Culture

An American love story

An American love story

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound What happens when a white Jewish girl from Seattle falls in love with an African-American Christian man from South Carolina? In the case of Miriam Sternoff and O’Neal McKnight, shenanigans. As their cultures collided again and again, McKnight, a comedian, did the obvious thing. He pitched(…)

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The Holiday Kiddush

The Holiday Kiddush

A Story by Sholem Aleichem Translated by Curt Leviant   1. My gang of pals always called me Dunderhead. Was it because I refused to study? Well, that wasn’t the only reason. Truth is I didn’t want to study. Who does? Did they dub me Dunderhead on account of my wooden head? Maybe. Truth is,(…)

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Lavie Tidhar brings together unlikely mix of Jews, zombies and aliens

Lavie Tidhar brings together unlikely mix of Jews, zombies and aliens

By Beth Kissileff, JTA World News Service (JTA) — Forget Iran and anti-Semitism. Lavie Tidhar and British fantasy author Rebecca Levene’s newly released short-story anthologies “Jews Versus Aliens” and “Jews Versus Zombies” (both published by Jurassic London, with all profits going to MOSAC, a British group that assists victims of child sex abuse), have Jews(…)

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Passover and the Promised Land

Passover and the Promised Land

By Rita Berman Frischer, Special to The Jewish Sound The Hebrew people may have schlepped on foot for 40 years, but modern transportation has updated traveling to and through the Promised Land. Kar-Ben Publishing marks this year’s Festival of Freedom, Passover, by featuring “Engineer Ari” and his intrepid train as a perfect vehicle for explaining(…)

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With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations

With ‘Jewish Journey,’ PBS traces 350 years of migrations

By Tom Tugend, JTA World News Service LOS ANGELES (JTA) — “You survive, you honor us by living,” said Martin Greenfield, now a New York master tailor, recalling his father’s words after he was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp. The quote could easily be taken as the theme of “The Jewish Journey: America,” a(…)

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‘Kosher Soul’ plays on stereotypes — amusing some, angering others

‘Kosher Soul’ plays on stereotypes — amusing some, angering others

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In the first episode of “Kosher Soul,” O’Neal McKnight, a Southern-raised African-American man about to marry a white Jewish woman from Seattle, has an epiphany about his upcoming marriage — it’s like a black-and-white cookie. “It’s all about the whole cookie,” he explains to his fiancee, Miriam(…)

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Raising readers: Award-winning books recommended by librarians

Raising readers: Award-winning books recommended by librarians

By Rita Berman Frischer, Special to The Jewish Sound A delightfully illustrated retelling of an old story provides us another slant on recycling, a graphic novel sensitively shows a French child her grandmother’s story of how she and her mother survived the Holocaust, and an imaginative take on the Noah story puts a 16-year-old stowaway(…)

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Jon Stewart to leave ‘The Daily Show’

(JTA) — Jon Stewart will be stepping down from his post behind the desk of “The Daily Show” later this year, ending a 16-year run. Stewart, 52, announced his plans to leave during Tuesday’s taping of the show, a move that was confirmed by a statement from Comedy Central. Although Stewart did not found “The(…)

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Voyage for Madmen

Voyage for Madmen

Opening February 20 Play Written by Rachel Atkins (scriptwriter for “Letters to the Editor”), “Voyage for Madmen” recounts the unbelievable but true story of the Ardeo Theatre Project, a Seattle theater company, which underwent a series of disasters parallel to the plays it was rehearsing. With elements of “The Tempest,” “Frankenstein,” and the true story(…)

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Clarinetist Anat Cohen brings ruach to music, and Seattle

Clarinetist Anat Cohen brings ruach to music, and Seattle

By Gigi Yellen Kohn, Jewish Sound Correspondent With some 20 albums to her name, countless awards and glowing reviews from festivals, clubs and concerts worldwide, jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen’s work as bandleader, soloist, and “sideman” is as influential as a music career can be. Born and raised in the 1960s near Tel Aviv, Cohen fell(…)

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The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity

The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity

Sunday, February 1 at 2 p.m. Exhibit Opening Jan Karski was a courier of the Polish Underground State and an emissary for the Polish exiled government. During WWII, Karski secretly traveled to the West to share information about life in occupied Poland and became one of the first people to inform the world of the(…)

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Seventy years after Auschwitz, victims live on through their music

Seventy years after Auschwitz, victims live on through their music

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound “Is it something from which you wake? A nightmare or a fairytale? No! It really happened. No! We were there.” –Farewell, Auschwitz When Music of Remembrance premiered its commissioned work “Farewell, Auschwitz” last spring, the reception was astounding. “The audience was so moved by it we went(…)

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Sundance’s Jewish fare: a preview

Sundance’s Jewish fare: a preview

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Although it’s now well entrenched in the Hollywood ecosystem, the Sundance Film Festival remains a venue for some of the film industry’s more offbeat voices and still largely unknown talent — and a place for boldfaced names to redefine themselves. Jewish subjects and artists again will(…)

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Army fatigue

Army fatigue

By Emily K. Alhadeff,  Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Fresh out of Israel and already scooping up a first place award at the Tribeca Film Festival is “Zero Motivation,” a darkly delightful girl-buddy comedy about the banality of daily life in Israel’s defining institution, the army. “M*A*S*H” meets “Orange is the New Black” meets “Office Space,”(…)

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In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Correspondent “It’s an interesting lens of the 20th century, but through the eyes of one world,” says Laura Ferri, director of “Letters to the Editor,” Book-It Repertory Theatre’s performance that brings our state’s Jewish community to life on the stage — through the pages of this very newspaper. “‘Letters to(…)

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‘The Red Tent’ gets new life in gauzy Lifetime movie

‘The Red Tent’ gets new life in gauzy Lifetime movie

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen, JTA World News Service (JTA) — Surely the Torah’s redactors never imagined that their Dinah — voiceless daughter of Jacob and Leah, rape victim avenged by her brothers — would one day be portrayed on the small screen as a lusty young midwife’s apprentice who takes her romantic fate into her(…)

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