Monday, May 4, 2015 Iyyar 15, 5775

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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim is a crazy, "anything goes" holiday, where it's even encouraged to drink heavily. Kids and adults alike masquerade in costumes. Girls love to be Queen Esther, with sparkly crowns and dresses; for boys, it's the wicked Haman, with big false nose, floppy ears and the notorious tricorn hat. During services, Haman is mocked with groggers, booing, hissing and the...
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For American Jews who grew up in the 1950s and '60s, the appearance of Leon Uris' novel Exodus in 1958 -- and the inevitable Hollywood blockbuster drawn from it, which premiered in 1960 -- was an unprecedented event. Our parents and their contemporaries made the book a best-seller. I would bet most Jewish teenagers can recall seeing a copy of...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
The date was Dec. 15, 1898. Congregation Kesher Israel at 412 Lombard St. was decked out in American and "Jewish colors," according to an article that appeared in the Jewish Exponent at the time. Early American Zionist leaders Dr. Schepschel Schaffer and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, who had both attended the Second Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, just weeks earlier,...
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No, HBO's new series -- originated in Israel -- is so much more
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The doctor will seize you now. In a way, that is what "In Treatment" does; it seizes the viewer as soon as he steps through the doctor's door, grabs him by his id and shakes loose the Prozac from his pockets. "In Treatment" is in keeping with HBO's "in" status as comedic iconoclast and dramatic dreammaker. But they've taken it...
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The stoves were heating up the second floor of New York's downtown Marriott last week as six contestants competed to become the grand-prize winner of the Second Annual Simply Manischewitz Cook-Off. The three men and three women had one hour to prepare and fully cook their dishes before presenting them to a panel of judges. Contestants included Joe Carver from...
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Arts and Culture Events

Mon. May 4
Interfaith Family Philadelphia
6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Tue. May 5
Beth El's Jewish Film Festival
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County
7:30 PM
Congregation Beth El of Bucks County

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