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)
“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.
Intermarriage theme gets a new twist in ‘It Shoulda Been You.’
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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.
The Challenge Fund will encourage day schools in the New York area to launch or build their endowments.
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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.
Local day school graduate’s athletic experience highlights unique pre-college activities.
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.
With their dispatches from the front lines of the recent Gaza conflict, students in the western Negev become ‘emissaries of sorts.’
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.