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The Semer Records Project

Vorbei, vorbei, vorbei They’re gone beyond recall A final glance, a last kiss And then it’s all over They’re gone beyond recall A final word, a last farewell Vorbei Performed by Dora Gerson, German cabaret and film star who was killed at  Auschwitz Imagine if all the music that surrounds you – all of it, …

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A New Year: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

A New Year: Looking Back and Looking Ahead Julia Vogl It was wonderful to be back in Boston for a brief stint to reconnect with the landscape, the community and the history. Pathways to Freedom is as much a process as it is a final outcome, and my three days here threw me into the …

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Jewish Theatre Alliance Conference Events Open To The Public

  SUNDAY, Oct. 22 Time: 8:00 p.m. Location: Temple Beth Zion, 1566 Beacon St., Brookline Price: $18 for non-conference attendee at door ROY HOROVITZ “MY FIRST SONY”An Israeli production by Solo Performer Roy Horovitz Yotam, an eleven year old child, obsessed with documentation, records everything in his children’s tape recorder, “My First Sony”. He follows …

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The Ball Shem Tov’s Occasional Guide To Jewish Life: Shemini Atzeret

Our resident expert (??) on Jewish life, ritual and smoked meat is our Communications Director Jim Ball (aka The Ball Shem Tov), who will occasionally answer questions and give advice to our readers. (Full disclosure: he does not have rabbinic smichah, but he has read a lot of books).   Confused about the Jewish holiday …

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Food, Flirting, and Filming – How JArts™ Met the Brass Sisters

Food, Flirting, and Filming – How JArts™ Met the Brass Sisters By Laura Mandel Just over a year ago, we received an email from producer Bruce Seidel, introducing us to the Brass sisters, Marilyn and Sheila Brass. We were immediately intrigued by these adorable local sisters of cookbook fame, and figured we ought to meet …

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Art Spiegelman: Jews ‘N Comix

When David Stern, the Director of the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies (and Harry Starr Professor of Classical and Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature there) told me they were bringing Art Spiegelman to Harvard and that JArts might be a great partner for the event, I became excited. After all, I grew up reading comics, …

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Our Can’t-Miss Staff-picked Highlights of the Fall!

OUR CAN’T MISS STAFF-PICK HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FALL By Joey Baron   Your postman will be delivering your JArts™ Fall season brochure copy right after Labor Day. Which makes this a prime time for people to ask me, as JArts™ Artistic Director, which events personally excite me. This fall, what really excites me is how …

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Passover/Seder Symbols

Blog post #4 in the documentation of Pathways to Freedom, a forthcoming public art project by London-based artist Julia Vogl. By Julia Vogl Passover and the Seder are rife with symbolism. How do you choose which ones to use to shape a visual public art experience? To rise to this challenge I have been unpacking …

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Paper Cut: Stories Through Puppetry

Israeli puppet master Yael Rasooly’s puppets are no muppets – as she says, her works are “as sweet  as saccharine and cruel as a Grimm fairy tale.” While you may be familiar with adult puppet shows like  Avenue Q, Yael’s original one-woman theatrical performance in  Paper Cut  is a departure – a masterful creation of a retro …

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Martha Graham Cracker: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Click-clacking her way to Boston next week is Philadelphia’s favorite cabaret performer and self-proclaimed “World’s Hairiest Drag Queen”, Martha Graham Cracker. Described by Philadelphia Magazine as a “defiantly unmown lawn of a man in a blond pixie wig and a blue dress,” Martha surprisingly came to our attention not from her trademark spookable mug, but from …

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