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Surrealist Meir Kalmanson of 'High-Five New York' takes it to the Holy Land in 'Dancing Behind People in Jerusalem.'

Curb Your Nervousness: Directing Larry David

03/04/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

I was very nervous at first,” Anna D. Shapiro told The Jewish Week about her reaction to being chosen to direct Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark,” which opens this week on Broadway. “I adore the guy; he’s been so seminal in the formation of my own sense of humor. I didn’t want him to think that I wasn’t funny.”

Larry David and Ben Shenkman in “Fish in the Dark,” left. Joan Marcus

First Hebrew Fest Hits NYC, With Beer

03/04/2015
Staff Writer

Interested in a free Israeli bira?

In the first festival of its kind, the Israeli-American Council is partnering with the Steinhardt Foundation and the Council for Hebrew Language and Culture to host Hagigah Ivrit, a citywide celebration of the Hebrew language and Israeli culture. The festival, which will run from March 14-30, features everything from a Hebrew “Peter and the Wolf” performance to a best-selling Israeli author’s reading to a beer sing-along. Events will take place at a variety of locations across over the city.

Israel’s Goldstar beer will be on tap at first Hebrew-language festival here next week.  Wikimedia Commons

Downton’s Intermarriage For The Ages

The Abbey's Jewish subplot takes center stage.

02/25/2015
Staff Writer

If it comes to pass that Lady Rose and the dashing Member of the Tribe, Atticus Aldridge — the new “It” couple on “Downton Abbey” — have a child, it will surely be a closely watched interfaith upbringing.

Against all odds: Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge tie the knot. Nick Briggs/Carnival Films for MASTERPIECE

An Ear For Jazz, And Klez

02/25/2015

There seems to be a meme among Israeli jazz musicians: leave Israel, move to the U.S., and here, in the great mishmash of cultures, reconnect to your Jewish roots.

A hearing impairment hasn’t slowed Alon Nechushtan’s career. Courtesy of Alon Nechushtan

Downton's Jewy Subplot Takes Center Stage

Lady Rose’s marriage to Jewish Atticus Aldridge highlights prejudice from both sides.

02/23/2015
Staff Writer

For Jewish “Downton Abbey” fans, the hope for a Jewish subplot that began in Season Two came to full fruition last night when Lady Rose tied the (chuppah-less) knot to dashing Member of the Tribe, Atticus Aldridge.

The Downton crew await the marriage of Lady Rose and MOT Atticus Aldridge. Nick Briggs/Carnival Films for MASTERPIECE

Feldshuh’s Fountain Of Youth

02/18/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

I’m discarding linear time,” Tovah Feldshuh, the four-time Tony nominee, tells The Jewish Week, sounding as if she had a role as one of Eddie Redmayne’s professors in the physics-heavy “The Theory of Everything.”

Forever young: About her new show, “Aging is Optional, Tovah Feldshuh says, performing is “a youthifier.” Courtesy of Below 54

Peres Counters Bibi’s Mass Aliyah Message

02/18/2015
Editor and Publisher

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, addressing the inaugural gala here Sunday evening of The Times of Israel, the popular Jerusalem-based news website, appeared to counter Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for large numbers of European Jews to make aliyah.

Shimon Peres in conversation with David Horovitz at last week’s Times of Israel gala here. Perry Bindelglass / Times of Israel)

Limmud NY Launches Rabbinic Student Track

02/11/2015
Staff Writer

An Orthodox rabbi, a Conservative rabbi and a Reform rabbi walk into a… conference room.

Participants at last year’s LimmudNY. This year, for the first time, seminarians will take part.  Courtesy of LimmudNY
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