Culture View

06/25/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View

Picturing the mid-20th-century New York that my parents grew up in, I always glimpsed it in black and white. It must have been, it felt to me, a world drained of color, something in between the grainy, dark photographs of my grandparents and the lustrous chiaroscuro of Alfred Hitchcock movies — films that I knew because my family convened after dinner every night around the family television set in the living room. Indeed, in an age before the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, we watched Victor Borge concerts and Masterpiece Theatre together, just as we took it for granted that on family car trips, it was my father’s beloved classical music that was going to be on the radio.

04/23/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View

Spring — and the hearts of Hillel directors across the country turn toward hiring Jewish students for next year to serve as ambassadors for Jewish life.

03/19/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View

In the 1980s, Larry Friedlander had an insight. As an English professor at Stanford, focusing on Shakespeare and the idea of performance, he saw the advent of personal computers as a boon for theater studies.

02/19/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View

I came to Israel looking for culture.

Living for more than a decade in Central Pennsylvania, where Jewish culture is not, as in my native New York, part of the air that one breathes, I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to take a weeklong trip to Israel last month with other Jewish journalists from around the country. It was my first trip to Israel in almost 25 years; the last and only other time I had been there had been a short visit while I was in college.

01/22/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View

An insightful recent article in the J. The Jewish news weekly of Northern California explored the presence and meaning of a new generation of maggids, or preacher-storytellers, working at the intersection of education, performance and the rabbinate.

12/26/2012 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View

If I forget thee, O New York, may my right hand wither.