Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775
Fest in Show
Ever wondered where “Hava Nagila” came from — and why it’s so ubiquitous at life cycle events? Interested in getting a violin’s-eye view of New York’s street music scene? How about going behind the scenes of Israel Defense Forces internal affairs investigations? If you answered in the affirmative to any of the above, then the Philadelphia Jewish Film festival is for you.
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With your choice of a dozen films from around the world, taking advantage of the 32nd annual Phila­­delphia Jewish Film Festival could require some strategizing. The two-week festival kicks off Nov. 3 at the Gershman Y.
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In 2006, Arnon Goldfinger found himself in a situation familiar to virtually anyone who has experienced the death of an older relative. He was tasked with the responsibility of emptying out the Tel Aviv flat where his maternal grandmother, Gerda Tuchler, lived for 70 years, from the time she and his grandfather, Kurt, immigrated to Israel from Nazi Germany in...
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Who knew that exorcisms were an ecu­me­ical affair? It turns out that Jews can be possessed by spirits just as easily as the faithful of other religions — a concept that audience members of The Possession, opening in area movie theaters this weekend, will soon discover. Based on the true story of a wine cabinet-turned dybbuk box and the serial...
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Marc Erlbaum, JE Feature
Humanity has been searching for "the meaning of life" from the beginning of time, but it could be argued that today -- with global terrorism, ecological disasters, civil unrest and economic meltdowns -- life is more perplexing than ever before. If we don't find answers to the big questions now, there may soon be no life left to interpret. At...
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