Friday, March 27, 2015 Nisan 7, 5775

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All together now: "I'm dreaming of a white ..." Chanukah? Not going to happen. Environmentally, sure, it's a possibility. But expecting a Jewish composer like Irving Berlin of "White Christmas" fame to wax lyrical over Judah Maccabee's miracle? That would be a miracle in and of itself. But why do some Jewish composers find Christmas more musical than Chanukah? Adam...
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He is el judio of Los Lobos. It takes cheek to check out an all-Chicano band and not wonder, "Where do I belong as a Jew?" But Steve Berlin had no such burdens; the protean music man of sax appeal and keyboard craft first heard the group perform some 30 years ago, and immediately tapped into their tapas tones and...
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Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
Toronto native and Philadelphia transplant Chana Rothman, 37, has staked out a niche mashing together breezy hip-hop beats, sunny acoustic reggae, and a warm mouthy flow that draws lyrically from Hebrew liturgy and relaxed, left-wing politics. Chana Rothman's new self-released album is of a "Beautiful Land." On "Lay Down Your Swords," she code-switches between English and Hebrew, singing over a...
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Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, JE Feature
Move over, Nutcracker; make way, Tiny Tim: there is a new theatrical tradition in town this year just in time for the holidays, and this one features hot latkes, chocolate gelt, live klezmer music and Chanukah candle lighting. Gas and Electric Arts, a Philadelphia-based theater company founded by Lower Merion native Lisa Jo Epstein and partner David Brown in 2005,...
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What would Judah Maccabee say? You light up my life? Maybe, "Got some extra oil to fry up a batch of latkes?" Or just throw another Lag B'Omer on the fire: It all would be in keeping with the celebratory mood he'd probably have after attending the Semitic semantic world of Jewmongous, Sean Altman's potato-pancakes worthy put-on which he will...
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Arts and Culture Events

Fri. Mar 27
Germantown Jewish Centre
6:00 PM
Sat. Mar 28
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
5:00 PM
Sat. Mar 28
Israeli Film Festival of Greater Philadelphia
9:00 PM

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