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For the second time this year, a musical takes as its inspiration the biblical “Song of Songs.” “Shulamit,” a Hebrew-language drama (with English supertitles), is the brainchild of Dina Pruzhansky. (It follows Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen’s “Song of Solomon” this summer.) Pruzhansky is a COJECO BluePrint Fellow (the program facilitates projects from young Jewish adults of Russian origin). Radio broadcaster Robert Sherman hosts the opening night event.

Image of Helena Rubinstein, from exhibit at The Jewish Museum.

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Celebrating The Old Neighborhood

Mambo to Borscht” mixes Yiddish classics with Afro-Latin big bands, and Latin tunes with klezmer

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Paul Shapiro provides accompaniment to the silent film, “His People,” inset, Nov. 1 at the JCC in Manhattan.

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Scene from “Restoration,”  to be screened at Gold Coast Film Festival.

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Michael Chabin’s ‘Sailboats and Swans’

Hofesh Shechter’s dance troupe performs Oct. 11-13 at BAM. Gabriele Zucca

Lately, His 'Happy Days' Are On The River

A talk with Henry Winkler about Jewish perseverance, his new memoir (about fly-fishing?) and life after The Fonz.
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He tried out such stage names as Chester Flame and Peter Avalanche at Yale Drama School, but when he got the chance to star in TV and movies Henry Winkler stuck with the one his German refugee parents gave him.

After "Happy Days" ended, Henry Winkler said he was like "a ship with no wind in its sails."

‘Bobbie’And ‘Zaide’s’ Triumph, On Canvas


Young Julie Mauskop first heard stories from “Bobbie” and “Zaide” about their wartime experiences in the Holocaust when she was about 10.
Mostly, Toba and Marton Mauskop, who survived Auschwitz, moved to the Ukraine after World War II and immigrated to the United States in 1979, talked about growing up before the Nazis came.
“It was really hard for them to talk about” what happened to them during the Shoah, says Mauskop, now 23, living and teaching in Tel Aviv. “They got very upset.”

Artist Julie Mauskop shows her Holocaust survivor grandparents in a series of paintings. Port-Shoah images.

Biblical Psychology

Staff Writer

Ask clinical psychologist Marsha Mirkin, and she’ll tell you that the essential psychology textbook was written more than 3,000 years before the birth of pioneering analyst Sigmund Freud. Freud may have deemed religion “a mass delusion,” but Mirkin contends that the Divine parables of the Torah can provide unrivaled insights into human behavior.

A Jazz Man’s Roots Music

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Of the elite jazz musicians working in New York, pianist Bruce Barth is probably the only one who can claim a klezmer pedigree.

Barth, 46, who has emerged as one of his generation’s most compelling pianists and will share the stage Monday at Merkin Hall with the legendary Cedar Walton in a two-piano duet, developed an ear for klezmer in high school in Harrison, N.Y. It was then that his brother introduced him to a clique of New York bluegrass musicians, including mandolinist/clarinetist Andy Statman and banjoist Tony Trischka.

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