Friday, July 31, 2015 Av 15, 5775

Celebrate the holiday of Shavuot!
Shavuot — or “weeks” — is known by several names. It is called Pentecost and the “Feast of Weeks” because it falls on the 50th day after the second night of Passover. This located Shavuot in the midst of spring, when the earth is beginning to yield to the season’s warm proddings. Shavuot is thus called Chag Habikurim, the “Feast...
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Irving Berlin, whose long and active musical career began in the early years of the 20th century and lasted well in the 1970s, was one of the most successful songwriters in American history, noted for both the sheer number of pieces he wrote, as well as the amount of money he accumulated because of that abundance. He was a workaholic...
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Fire up the grill — and the salads!
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
On May 2, Israel honored her war heroes in a day of remembrance called Yom Hazikaron. It is a somber day, beginning with the blares of sirens, when everything comes to a standstill, remembering the nation's fallen. Places of entertainment are closed, and loved ones are mourned in ceremonies in every community. Then, at sunset, the mood swings to joyous...
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The story behind the stories of a famed filmmaker
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Conversations With John Schlesinger is full of surprises. The first of them is that the work has appeared as a paperback without a bit of fanfare accompanying it, as if the publisher, Random House, had second thoughts. The work is by Ian Buruma, who's no slouch among contemporary scribblers, having produced such estimable works as The Wages of Guilt and...
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William Lashner had always dreamed of a life in which he didn't have to go to an office every day, and could simply spend his time writing and telling stories. Now, after making a few proverbial leaps of faith, the 48-year-old Abington native and father of three is living that life; he's published six novels, including the forthcoming Marked Man,...
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Fri. Jul 31
National Museum of American Jewish History
10:30 AM-5:30 PM
Sat. Aug 1
Germantown Jewish Centre
10:00 AM

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