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From Manhole Covers to Jewish Eateries, Filmmaker Chronicles Philly History

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Most of Rick Spector’s YouTube videos on the history of Philadelphia, which often focus on its Jewish residents, rack up somewhere between 50 and...

Winona Ryder Opens Up About Experiences with Hollywood Anti-Semitism

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By Marcy Oster Actress Winona Ryder said she was passed over for a movie role because the studio head thought she looked “too Jewish” and...

Film Director Joel Schumacher Dies at 80

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By Marcy Oster Joel Schumacher, who directed such box office hits as “St. Elmo’s Fire” and two “Batman films,” has died. Schumacher died Monday in New...

Adam Schlesinger Tribute Album Released

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By Gabe Friedman Sarah Silverman, Rachel Bloom and an array of indie artists contributed to a tribute album for Adam Schlesinger, the Grammy and Emmy...

Israel Philharmonic to Perform for Free Online

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By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM — The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a free concert available online as part of a virtual fundraising gala to help...

Fans React to News of ‘Fiddler’ Remake

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MGM announced plans May 28 to produce a film adaptation of the hit musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” prompting strong reactions on social media...

Taking a Tour of Philadelphia — While Sitting at Home

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I moved to Philadelphia in late February, one month before the city was placed under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus. About six weeks into...

Iconic Yiddish Song Became an Anthem for Black Americans

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By Arielle Kaplan What makes one person tick is totally subjective, but science confirms that people are hard-wired to respond to music. It lifts our moods, eases...

Streak of ‘Fiddler’ Performances Interrupted by Pandemic

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By Stephen Silver The coronavirus pandemic has done something that no war, natural disaster or other calamity has been able to do for more than...
contestants standing with Alex Trebek

Meet the Day School Teacher Who Wagered $18 on ‘Jeopardy!’ and Won $50,000

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Astute viewers could find plenty of signs during the recent “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament that one leading contestant had some Jewish bona fides: There was...