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The Film List

02/11/2015

Feb. 20:  Film Comment Selects. The acclaimed bimonthly magazine’s annual event kicks off with “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films,” a documentary that looks back at the shenanigans and craziness of Menachem Golan and Yoram Globus. When the two Israeli schlockmongers hit Hollywood in the ’80s they helped to make it the worst decade in American film history. Weirdly, this is the second film on display this year chronicling their, er, exploits; the first one, “The GoGo Boys,” played the Jewish festival last month. The festival will also include a retrospective screening of Mike Nichols’ “The Fortune,” an oddball farce in which Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and Stockard Channing are channeling the spirits of the Three Stooges. Walter Reade Theater (Lincoln Center; filmlinc.com)

The Elkabetz Siblings’ Films Are Personal And Political

‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,’ inspired by their mother, provides glimpse into the world of oft-overlooked Mizrahi Jews.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/11/2015

It has been a long and unpredictable journey but, for the moment, Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz can rest.

Ronit Elkabetz stars in “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem.”  Via musicboxfilms.com

The Theater List

02/11/2015

“Aging is Optional.” A nightclub performance by Tovah Feldshuh, in which she sings, tells stories and expresses her warm-hearted philosophy of life. Feb. 19-21, 7 p.m. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. $50-$100, (646) 476-3551, 54below.com. $25 food and drink minimum per person.

A More Perfect Union?

Intermarriage theme gets a new twist in ‘It Shoulda Been You.’

Special To The Jewish Week
02/11/2015

Skyrocketing rates of intermarriage may be no laughing matter for many observers of the American Jewish scene, but Jewish-Christian unions have been a durable theme of American Jewish humor since the runaway success of the 1922 Broadway comedy, “Abie’s Irish Rose,” which spawned a whole series of plays and films about the clash of ethnic stereotypes. With the opening this season of “It Shoulda Been You,” a new Broadway musical comedy by Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove, the intermarriage theme gets a 21st-century twist. Tyne Daly stars as Judy Greenberg, the mother of the hapless bride, while Harriet Harris plays Georgette Howard, the prospective new mother-in-law.

“It Shoulda Been You,” starring Tyne Daly, left, examines the stresses in two families before an intermarriage. Andrew Eccles

Spring Arts Preview February 2015

The New Season In Theater, Film, Music, The Visual Arts And Books.

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Spring Arts Preview February 2015

Tackling The Affordability Crisis

The Challenge Fund will encourage day schools in the New York area to launch or build their endowments.

Special To The Jewish Week
01/28/2015

A Jewish day school education was not an option for me when I was growing up in Bogota, Colombia. Having missed out on the experience, I was especially appreciative of the education my children received as day school students in New York. I watched with pride as they developed their Jewish literacy, their religious purposefulness (meaning their ability to answer the question “Why be Jewish?”), and a profound sense of belonging to the Jewish people — three crucial outcomes of any successful Jewish educational experience.

The oxymoron of day school affordability is a top communal priority. Fotolia

A Gap Year On A Texas Hockey Rink

Local day school graduate’s athletic experience highlights unique pre-college activities.

Staff Writer
01/28/2015

Sugar Land, Tex. — Josh Rocco says many of his fellow Abraham Joshua Heschel High School 2014 graduates are studying in college, participating in various educational programs in Israel, or drilling in the Israeli Army.

A graduate of Manhattan’s Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. Elana Sbrana

Fight And Flight

Elite aerospace high school, which only recently began accepting women, grooms students for army service and a career.

Staff Writer
01/28/2015

Lin Edri, 16, doesn’t have a typical high school curriculum. While math, English and biology fill obligatory slots on her class schedule, she spends the bulk of her time learning how to build drones.

Students at IAI high school in Tel Aviv learn how to build drones, missiles and take apart F16 turbo fan engines. Hannah Dreyfus

Educating Israel’s Periphery

The Sci-Tech Schools network sees its work with Bedouins in the Negev and charedim in the north as giving overlooked students their ‘first real opportunity.’

Staff Writer
01/28/2015

Haneen Abukaf, 16, an Israeli-Arab high school student in the Bedouin village of Um Batin in southern Israel, loves studying history and dreams of becoming a doctor.

Female students in the southern Bedouin village of Al-Saied. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Classroom War Correspondents

With their dispatches from the front lines of the recent Gaza conflict, students in the western Negev become ‘emissaries of sorts.’

Israel Correspondent
01/28/2015

Jerusalem — When Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military operation against Hamas in Gaza, was launched last July, Adele Raemer, a U.S.-born resident of Kibbutz Nirim on the Gaza border, became the “go-to” person for English-speaking journalists.

Teacher Adele Raemer, at left in second row, with her front-line reporters.  Courtesy of Adele Raemer
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