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B’ShERT Purim Shpiel: Prospect Park West Side Story

Kudos to Cantor Suzanne Bernstein (aka "Lenny") for last night's terrific Purim Shpiel. This was the debut performance of the new B'ShERT Congregation = the merger of Temple Beth Emeth (Beth Emeth v''Or Progressive Shaari Zedek) and PTBAS (Progressive Temple Beth … Continue reading

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JUFB Sign-Off: Tzivi Says Goodbye

When is the right time to say goodbye? My relationship with the JUF News began with a freelance assignment way back in July 2004. Abigail Pickus was one of Chicago’s Nextbook coordinators at that time (raise your hand if you remember Nextbook), she had … Continue reading

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CFIC Executive Director: Why I push films “By & About Women.”

From October 25th through November 5th, Metro Chicago will be hosting the 12th Annual Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema at theaters in Chicago, Glenview and Skokie. On Wednesday, November 1st, nestled in the midst of this twelve day celebration of … Continue reading

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D’var Torah for Parsha Pinchas (5777)

D’var Torah for July 15, 2017 By Jan Lisa Huttner Park Slope Jewish Center Brooklyn, NY Follow link to download text as a PDF file: 17July15DvarTorahPinchas My D’var Torah today on Parsha Pinchas is about “cherry-picking,” a subject which immediately leads … Continue reading

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Someone To Run With

Told from two perspectives, Someone to Run With directed by Oded Davidoff and based on the novel by David Grossman, follows two teenagers on parallel journeys of salvation and self-discovery. (EML: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. Levenson “Tamar” (Bal … Continue reading

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The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017): Review by Eliana Levenson

Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife recounts the efforts of Antonina Żabiński and her husband, Jan, who risked their lives during World War II to harbor Jewish refugees in the basement of their zoo during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. (EML: … Continue reading

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Tzivi’s Cinema Spotlight (Feb ’17): Reviews of FIRE BIRDS and MORGENTHAU

Tzivi reviews Morgenthau and Fire Birds By Jan Lisa Huttner Hello, Readers. Did you miss me? My first post for Tzivi’s Cinema Spotlight was way back in August 2011, and in all the intervening years, month after month, I have … Continue reading

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FIRE BIRDS: Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Black Comedy from Israel about a man determined to crash “the world’s most exclusive club” of wealthy Tel Aviv widows who also happen to be Holocaust survivors. Trust me, this is a "laughing thru tears" experience worthy of Sholem Aleichem … Continue reading

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MORGENTHAU: Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

In 1866, German-Jewish businessman Lazarus Morgenthau arrived in the USA, in tow. Alas, Lazarus never found fabled streets paved with gold in New York, but his son Henry (ten years old when he arrived), became extremely wealthy and then used that … Continue reading

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KEEP QUIET

Directors Sam Blair and Joseph Martin masterfully depict the three year journey of former far-right Hungarian extremist, Csanad Szegedi, as he attempts to reconcile his anti-Semitic past with the discovery that he is not only Jewish, but the grandson of … Continue reading

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