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‘The Ambassador” by Yehuda Avner and Matt Rees (Toby Press) is a fictional revision of historical events, based on the premise that the State of Israel came into being before the Holocaust. In 1937, the new nation’s first ambassador to Berlin works tirelessly to save Jews. (September)

A sampling of titles in the fall publishing season. At bottom right is former NBC-TV reporter David Gregory.

Site Specific

The long and worldly architectural career of Moshe Safdie.

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Few architects have designed as wide a variety of buildings  as Moshe Safdie. The Haifa-born architect is the creative brains behind Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, public libraries in Vancouver and Salt Lake City, as well as a splashy casino in Singapore.

Safdie’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum looks out over the Jerusalem hills.  Timothy Hursley

Visual Art List


Two opportunities to see the art of Roy Lichtenstein:

Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky

Music List


Sept. 14, Sept. 22: Jeremiah Lockwood and Rabbi Dan Ain offer High Holiday services in unconventional settings. With Lockwood providing the music they should be very, very interesting. The Rosh HaShanah morning service takes place at 10 a.m., Sept. 14 at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; 718-963-3369, Kol Nidre begins at 6:45 p.m., Sept. 22 at Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn; 917-267-0363,

Still Scaling Masada’s Heights

John Zorn premieres Book III in his ambitious ‘Masada’ series.

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Luck, as baseball’s Branch Rickey sagely observed, is the residue of design. That is doubly true in an improvisation-based art like jazz.

Zorn of plenty: The saxophonist’s “The Book Beriah” makes use of several Jewish scales. Heung Heung Chin

Film List


Sept. 25:  “The Power of Pictures:  Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film,” an incredibly extensive showcase of great modernist photography and film from Russia running from the October Revolution through the onset of WWII. Among the major Jewish filmmakers represented in the series are the obvious giants, Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, but the program also promises lesser-known directors like Boris Barnet, Grigory Kozintsev and Yakov Protazanov.

The Prosecution Bears Witness

The crimes of Auschwitz, through an unlikely lens, in ‘Labyrinth of Lies.’

Special to the Jewish Week

When a filmmaker works with historical material there is always the temptation to allow an audience to feel smugly superior to the characters on the screen. Yes, we know that Dec. 7, 1941 is a lousy day to plan a wedding in Waikiki, that Napoleon shouldn’t be making long-term plans for the French government on the morning of Waterloo. It’s a bit like the rather snarky frisson you get in a teen-slasher horror film when some kid insists on looking in the basement.

Alexander Fehling as young prosecutor Johann Radmann. Heike Ullrich/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Theater List


“Where Was I?” Stage and screen actress Karen Ludwig reviews her career in show business, which has included playing Meryl Streep’s lover in “Manhattan” and Ethel Rosenberg in “Citizen Cohn.” Directed by Dorothy Lyman, the one-woman show begins previews on Sept. 1 for a Sept. 3 opening. Theatre 54, 244 W. 54th St. $18,, (212) 352-3101.

Danny Burstein plays Tevye and Jessica Hecht is Golde in the new, Bartlett Sher-directed production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The Lomans In Yiddish: ‘Gib Achtung’

The New Yiddish Rep tackles ‘Death of a Salesman’ — ‘attention must be paid.’

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While he grew up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, Arthur Miller rarely wrote about explicitly Jewish characters. Indeed, it took Miller half a century after the 1949 premiere of “Death of a Salesman” to admit that the Lomans were Jewish, despite being, as he put it, “light years” removed from their roots. But a new Yiddish-language production of the play, “Toyt fun a Seylsman,” which will be staged for seven weeks this fall by the New Yiddish Rep, suggests that Miller’s masterpiece is, in fact, a play about Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants. The new production coincides with the centennial of Miller’s birth on Oct.17.

Avi Hoffman as Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman.” Arielle Hoffman

Fall Arts Preview 2015

A Sizzling Season: A Yiddish “Death of a Salesman.” John Zorn's ‘Masada’ premiere. A Moshe Safdie retrospective.

Fall Arts Previewes August 2015
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