Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

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Rivka Tal, JE Feature
The availability of American food products in Israel has grown exponentially since I first made aliyah to Jerusalem in 1966. At that time, it was unheard of to find the likes of Starkist tuna, Heinz ketchup, M&M's candies and Skippy peanut butter anywhere. One of the large supermarket chains would hold an "American Week" annually and import a tantalizing array...
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The prospect, however remote, that Pennsylvania might eliminate grants to arts and cultural organizations has unnerved some Jewish groups already battling the fiscal currents and struggling to stay afloat. The Pennsylvania State Senate included in its budget proposal a plan to eliminate funding for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The council, part of Gov. Ed Rendell's office, provides grants...
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Mirth is Modi's operandi. Israeli-born Modi Rosenfeld -- now known by his first name only -- is on a first-name basis with laughter. The comedian with a cantorial commitment -- serving as chazzan at New York's Community Synagogue -- is no fringe festival funny man. Mainlining mirth? See for yourself: He's on screen on top of his game in "Stand...
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Matthew Friedman -- ideally groomed to play the Piano Man, Billy Joel, on Broadway? Just ask the groom himself. "Billy invited me to perform at his wedding," says the uptown guy from Long Island -- just like Joel -- who keyed into the keyboards at the 2004 wedding of Joel and Katie Lee. "I played six hours straight -- I...
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I can't seem to get my fill of books about books, whether they're confessions penned by passionate book collectors, memoirs by the owners of famous bookshops or histories of storied publishing enterprises. My only complaint is that these types of books, which once filled publishers' catalogues, have dwindled in number as the Internet age has come to dominate our lives...
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