Posted: Thu, 12/25/2014 - 13:39 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Leah Raab. “Monster Slide lll,” 2014.

Born in the United States, artist and teacher Leah Raab has twice gone on aliyah for extended periods, and twice returned to the U.S. Nevertheless, life in Israel, its landscape, religion and history, both past and present, remains a recurring theme in her work.

Posted: Wed, 12/24/2014 - 11:43 | Posted by: Emily Snyder | Well Versed
Hayden Wall and Anthony Laciura in "Soul Doctor"

In “Soul Doctor,” the new musical inspired by the life of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, there’s a moment of transcendence in the first ten minutes.

Posted: Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:04 | Posted by: Elizabeth Denlinger | Well Versed
Jane Cortney as Mir’l. Courtesy New Worlds Theater Project. Hunter Canning

“On the Other Side of the River” opens promisingly: eerie bell-like music plays softly, and the set, three flats covered with stiffened, rippling gray gauze, seems to suggest a cave receding in the distance – until the lights come up, transforming them into a river, in a beautiful union of lighting and scenic design. 

Posted: Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:06 | Posted by: Angela Himsel | Well Versed
"House of David" inscription, ca. 830 BCE,Israel Antiquities Authority, courtesy of The Israel Museum. Meidad Suchowolski

 Elie Wiesel describes the Bible as “the pull of my childhood, a fascination with the vanished world, and I can find everything except that world.”

I feel much the same way, which is why the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibit “Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age” so thrilled me. The premise of the exhibit isn’t Israel or the Bible.  Rather, it explores cross-cultural interaction and global communication during the Assyrian Empire from roughly 1200 – 400 BCE, the time period that many major Biblical events took place. 

Posted: Fri, 12/12/2014 - 01:11 | Posted by: Yaakov Bressler | Well Versed
Clarinetist Avigail Malachi accompanied by Elad Kabilio on cello. Anna Shneyderman

Whiny trills of klezmer music reverberate from the towering coffered ceiling of the Museum at Eldridge Street as five firmly concentrating Israeli musicians connect deeply to their Jewish roots through the song of klezmer. Their focused brows and eased smiles signify the technicalities and synchronous timing of their music, as well as their delight in performing it. This is 12th Night Music, a quintet of highly creative classically trained Israeli musicians.