Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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As the world goes Oscar wild on Sunday night with babel over "Babel" and parting shots at "The Departed," Shemi Zarhin can revel in his own pursuit of happiness. Gone Hollywood? Gone Israel! After all, the talent from Tiberias watched as his latest directorial effort, "Aviva My Love," was welcomed lovingly by audiences with the equivalent of three Israeli Oscars...
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Yocheved Miriam Russo, JE Feature
"It's nice to see so many Jews in the audience," jokes Arab comedian Ray Hanania. "I view you all as potential hostages." The Jerusalem audience claps, howling with laughter. In another setting, that comment wouldn't be quite so funny. But plunked down in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour, it's the perfect joke: It makes fun of the situation,...
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Watch out, Oprah! There's a new book club in town, and it seeks to revolutionize the reading community in Philadelphia. According to Kehillah of Center City coordinator Catherine Fischer, "People of the Book" -- as the club is called -- aims to provide a citywide venue for the reading and discussion of books of Jewish interest. To do so, Fischer...
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A sexual awakening in the suburbs that's meant to stir feelings
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This is how Fredrica Wagman's first novel, Playing House , published back in 1973, begins: "Can't concentrate. My mind is wandering over him crouched on top of me, over his shoulders to a summer day again, always back to then when a room was filled with sun gold, when the walls were white, when the window glass was crystal clear...
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Philly guys pen a paean to agents uncovering a traitor in their midst
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Giving "Breach" birth may be the breakout hit Philadelphia filmmakers Adam Mazer and William Rotko have been looking for -- and deserve. The true-life thriller chiller about the spy who came in from the Cold War and poked the federal officials in its FBeye by turning turncoat -- doing irrevocable harm by selling off top state secrets to the Soviets...
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