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Bialik Gets Earful (Of Advice) On Israel Trip

Actress gets 'Jewish mothered' after revealing anxieties about journey with her two small sons.

12/31/2013
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Just minutes after “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik announced Monday that she is bringing her two sons, ages 5 and 8, for a visit to Israel this week, dozens of Jewish mothers in Israel began to offer her advice.

“Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik gets “Jewish mothered” about upcoming trip to Israel with her kids. Getty Images

Broza Crosses Over, Into East Jerusalem

12/31/2013
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David Broza is one of those fortunate artists who are never at a loss for a new project. When he was interviewed in this newspaper a year ago, he was talking about an album of musical settings of poetry by Pablo Neruda. That project, he said a few weeks ago, is still going on, but it got shoved to the back of the queue by another long-time dream turned into reality: a record and documentary film that put him in the studio with Israeli and Palestinian musicians for a program of songs about peace; the CD was recorded in east Jerusalem.

David Broza’s latest CD/documentary film project is “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem.”

Israel’s ‘Daily Show’ Brings Its Satire To N.Y.

12/24/2013
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When “Matzav HaUma” (“State of the Union”), a popular Israeli talk show that takes a satirical look at the country’s political landscape, comes to New York next month, host and creator Lior Schleien hopes to learn if there is a disconnect between Israelis and Americans.

The cast of “Matsav HaUma” (“State of the Union”) tapes live here on Jan. 14. Photo courtesy “Matsav HaUma”

Lipa Hits Broadway

12/24/2013
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Lipa Schmeltzer is coming to Broadway.

Not a bad achievement for a guy who, 15 or so years ago, was driving a delivery truck for a kosher butcher. Or for a guy who has been described as the “Hasidic Bruce Springsteen.”

Chasidic music star Lipa Schmeltzer’s new show is part concert, part theater piece. Photo courtesy Lipa Schmeltzer

O Holy Night!

Christmas Eve is abrim with lots 'o Matzo Balls and other events designed with Jewish singles in mind.

12/23/2013
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It’s official. While some will be drinking eggnog and wondering what will be under their tree, a number of Jewish singles parties will have people wondering who they will meet at the bar (or perhaps under a tree after leaving a bar). A number of the parties claim to be the “official” Mazto Ball – but all that matters is that you have a good time and dance ’till you drop.

Party hearty. Fotolia

Jewish Artists Pushing The Tech Frontier

12/18/2013
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Jazz music drifts from speakers down to the cherry wood tables of the West Cafe in Williamsburg as the Israeli artist Nurit Bar-Shai prepares to show examples of her latest work. With deft, freckled hands, she opens a manila envelope and slides three petri dishes across the table.

“Layered Histories” is an interactive digital representation of  the history of the Marseilles Bible. Cynthia Beth Rubin

Day School Tuition Wars Heat Up

12/18/2013
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A Mamaroneck elementary school is trying a new tack to increase revenue — lowering tuition.

Westchester Day School decreased its rates by 25 percent this year for three grades: the pre-K program for 4-year-olds, Kindergarten and first grade. Next year it is extending the lower tuition to second grade.

From Paris With Song

12/11/2013
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France may be increasingly inhospitable to Jews, given record levels of Arab anti-Semitism, but French Jewish culture continues to thrive.

David Serero:  A sly wit and a  French sensibility.

Young Blood On East Side Pulpits

12/11/2013
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One floated a trial balloon earlier this year: that the Conservative movement consider accepting converts, then teaching them, turning the usual chronology on its head. A second said he’d like to bring “literature, music and the visual arts,” along with worship and study, into the life of his synagogue. And a third, by the very nature of her background — Korean and Jewish — is breaking boundaries.

New spiritual leaders on the East Side are, clockwise from left, Elliot Cosgrove, Joshua Davidson and Angela Buchdahl.
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