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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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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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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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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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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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Sephardic songstress carries her tune to Seattle

Sephardic songstress carries her tune to Seattle

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent If you’ve ever heard the Hanukkah song “Ocho Kandelikas” (“Eight Little Candles”) you’re familiar with Flory Jagoda’s music. Next week, the 90-year-old Sephardic songstress will visit Seattle to perform that and other songs — some her own, and some passed down from generation to generation among Sephardim. All of(…)

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Writing the best moment of her life

Writing the best moment of her life

By Masada Siegel, Special to the Jewish Sound “Israel had a big effect on me,” says Ruchama King Feuerman. “It’s the kind of place where outrageous stories are handed to you on a platter, and then you have to tone them down to make them believable.” Much like the characters she creates in her novel(…)

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Music of Remembrance: Fall concert will be a night transfigured

Music of Remembrance: Fall concert will be a night transfigured

By Peter A. Klein, Special to The Jewish Sound It may surprise some to see the words “Schoenberg” and “Romantic” in the same sentence, but it’s not a misprint. Before he invented the modernist 12-tone method of composition, the Vienna-born composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was steeped in the late Romanticism of Wagner, Strauss and Mahler.(…)

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Painting the Torah

Painting the Torah

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound How do you see Torah? That’s the question Nancy Current and Jeremy Alk will be asking upon the launch of their new class, “The Genesis of Creativity: Using Visual Midrash to Capture the Jewish Imagination.” It’s not exactly a new question. Biblically inspired art is millennia(…)

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By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Art Spiegelman has a hard time explaining his new production. It’s “somewhere between intellectual vaudeville” and “a lecture run amok” inspired by woodcut novels, the musical genius of Phillip Johnston, and an opportunity to use the Sydney Opera House. Whatever it’s about, he said, “your brain(…)

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A scattered community united by SPARK

A scattered community united by SPARK

By Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent On Sunday, August 31, South Seattle’s newly formed Eruv Cooperative hosted SPARK, an outdoor Jewish music festival in Seward Park. Hundreds of community members and Jewish music appreciators piled into Seward Park Amphitheater to enjoy artists like singer-songwriter Ari Lesser, local Seattle-based recording artist Nissim, and headlining popular Israeli-American(…)

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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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