Arts

Elisha Mlotek, 25

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The Neo-Hasidic Artist

The Neo-Hasidic Artist

05/23/2016 (All day)

Elisha Mlotek is no stranger to the stage. Growing up in a family of Yiddish culture impresarios, he was surrounded by the sounds of klezmer, Yiddish poetry and theater from a young age. At 5, he was performing Yiddish music on stage with his father at Folksbiene, the national Yiddish theater company (his father, Zalman Mlotek, is artistic director).

Elisha Mlotek, 25 - The Neo-Hasidic Artist

Jesse Freedman, 34

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Staging Sacred Texts with a Twist

Staging Sacred Texts with a Twist

05/23/2016 (All day)

Before Jesse Freedman started working as a director, designer, and performer, he entertained crowds as a magician, a role he says shaped his artistic approach.

Jesse Freedman, 34 - Staging Sacred Texts with a Twist

Michael Boxer, 35

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Remixing Jewish A Cappella

Remixing Jewish A Cappella

05/23/2016 (All day)

Some are born into a cappella greatness. Some achieve a cappella greatness. Others, like Mike Boxer, have a cappella greatness thrust upon them.

 “I hadn’t really sung until I got to college, when this guy who was a friend of my roommate literally grabbed me by the arm and was like, ‘Oh, you have perfect pitch? You play piano? You’ve got to try out for my a cappella group!” 

Michael Boxer, 35 - Remixing Jewish A Cappella

Carmelle Danneman, 21

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Film and Faith

Film and Faith

05/23/2016 (All day)

When she signed on to be a medical clown at Hadassah Hospital in Israel as part of her seminary’s volunteering requirement, Carmelle Danneman didn’t know that her experience would become the subject of an award-winning film that she produced while a sophomore in college. But it shouldn’t have surprised her, considering she has a long history in the theater — as long as a 21-year-old can have, anyway.

Carmelle Danneman, 21 - Film and Faith

Sara Potler LaHayne, 30

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Dancing like the World’s Watching

Dancing like the World’s Watching

05/23/2016 (All day)

Sara Potler LaHayne, 30 - Dancing like the World’s Watching

Gavriel Savit, 27

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A Multitalented Teller of Tales

A Multitalented Teller of Tales

05/23/2016 (All day)

Gavriel Savit, both a writer and an actor, creates worlds.

As an actor, he has performed on three continents, from New York to Brussels to Tokyo, and just concluded a Broadway run of “Amazing Grace,” in which he played a supporting role. As the author of The New York Times bestselling WWII novel “Anna and the Swallow Man,” he was praised in the Times for his “splendid debut ... masterly storytelling.”

Gavriel Savit, 27 - A Multitalented Teller of Tales

At Eurovision Finale, Will Israel’s Star Shine?

Europe’s popular American Idol-style sing-off concludes Saturday, and Israel’s hopes rest on 29-year-old Hovi Star.

05/12/2016 - 18:45
Special to The Jewish Week

The performers have arrived, rehearsals are in full flow, and Europe is gearing up for the finale of the wildly popular Eurovision Song Contest. The show, which attracts an estimated 180 million viewers a year is set to be broadcast live in the United States for the first time, with strong rumours that Justin Timberlake will be making an appearance.

Israel's Hovi Star competing in the semifinals on May 12. Thomas Hanses/Eurovision

Alt Rock, Chasidic-Style: Perl Wolfe, 28

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Perl Wolfe is committed to the rock and roll lifestyle: she is currently without a home. Wolfe, who was living with her band-mate Dalia Shusterman in Crown Heights, recently moved out and has been couch surfing. The move was business related, not personal, and a testament to their growing success.

Perl Wolfe

Yoni Oppenheim, 33

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Making Theater Frum Friendly

05/31/2015 (All day)

As the co-founder of 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company, Yoni Oppenheim has been adapting classical theater to address issues unique to the Jewish community since 2010.

Yoni Oppenheim

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, 21

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Using His Voice For Performance, Politics

05/31/2015 (All day)

In 2012, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen was the first freshman to win Princeton University's Handel Singing Competition.

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
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