Sunday, April 26, 2015 Iyyar 7, 5775

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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
As I passed two husky young men in the dining room of the Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv, I overheard one of them say, "You'll never get this [breakfast] in Tennessee." That's a fact. Only in Israel, in every hotel, is the signature breakfast unforgettable. Tables piled high with fresh figs, dates, peaches, and the plums and grapes that still have...
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If this had been part of the just-concluded presidential campaign, John McCain would have referred to it as ... "that one." Call it what you will, but the Other Israel Film Festival -- reflecting a love for Israeli cinema that almost dares not speak its name -- is otherwise engaged these days. With its focus on the Arab citizens of...
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"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" is no slumber party. What it is, however, is one of the new millennium's most memorable and meaningful movies that focuses on the Holocaust, where nightmares seem the natural dream state of being and gargoyles goose-step to the tunes of the infamous Fatherland. Indeed, "Pajamas" -- based on an award-winning novel -- may well...
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Broadway star's cabaret act gets the festival footlight
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Bebe -- it's you! From the long, lovely, lithe legs that dance themselves silly on stage to a voice that veers between haunting and hallowed, Bebe Neuwirth is worth a trip down memory lane, whether it's Kander and Ebb that flows through your mind or Kurt Weill that wells in your heart. The terrifically toned terpsichorean treat and two-time Tony...
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A photographer chronicles how neighbors continue to turn on neighbors
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Nov. 9 and 10 mark 70 years since Kristallnacht, the mad rampage unleashed by the Nazis against the Jews of Germany and Austria, a long, dark night and nearly a full day that saw synagogues burned to the ground, Jewish businesses looted, and many Jewish males rounded up, beaten or tortured, then sent to concentration camps. As this somber anniversary...
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