As an aspiring jazz pianist growing up in Israel, it was Anat Fort’s cherished dream to play with the great drummer Paul Motian, who anchored what is considered to be one of the most influential trios in all of jazz.
For sale: A rabbinic voice from the past calling for peace in the Middle East.
This week, Kestenbaum & Company is auctioning a 1954 handwritten letter from Rabbi Isaac Halevi Herzog, then Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel, to Professor Abraham Isaac Katsh, written to congratulate the scholar on the publication of his “excellent” book, “Judaism in Islam.” Rabbi Herzog expresses the hope that the close connection between Judaism and Islam “may help to promote the cause, the sacred cause of peace between Ishmael and Israel!”
Three years ago, Natalie Gerber was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, while her friends and family were running a 5K race in her honor. This year the 30-year-old mother of three will be running the race herself as a testament to her recovery and in gratitude to those who helped her.
Standing in the midst of a long line on Friday afternoon, as it wrapped around Lexington Avenue at 55th Street and reached all the way toward Park Avenue, one saw curious passers-by wondering what the attraction was. Especially when people in line referred to their having “the hottest ticket in town.”
While its central motif is a precariously perched violinist, “Fiddler on the Roof” has about as tight a grip on the Jewish — and non-Jewish — imagination as any work of popular culture. This was abundantly in evidence on Monday night, at the jubilant celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic musical, orchestrated by the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre.
The recent launch of a political action committee supporting a presidential run by Hillary Rodham Clinton makes one wonder if in 2016 Sarah Silverman will be urging millennials to hit up bubbe and zeyde again in a repeat effort to make sure Florida votes blue.
Barry’s a Jewish kid musician from a Northeast city — that’s me,” said Philadelphia native Jarrod Spector, referring to Brooklyn-born Barry Mann, one half of the legendary songwriting duo of Mann and (Cynthia) Weil. “But I’m not as neurotic as Barry is portrayed in the show.”
The eight dancers in ZviDance’s “Surveillance” are being electronically monitored. Sometimes they take their turn at a stage camera, to track the others. Animation, pre-recorded video and live projections appear on a screen behind them.