Culture

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Jason Odell Williams and Charlotte Cohn

Theatre Ariel Presents a Bilingual Rom-Com

“Handle With Care,” the second salon of Theatre Ariel’s 2019-2020 season, was the first play that Jason Odell Williams and his wife Charlotte Cohn...
Susan Watts plays instruments with Dan Blacksberg and Rob Curto

Yiddish Lives on — With Music and Drink

If there’s one thing Susan Watts can’t stand, it’s the idea that Yiddish, a language estimated to have been spoken by well over 10...
Tristan McIntyre as Plankton, alongside Caitlin Ort as his computer wife

Jewish Cast Members Help Bring ‘Spongebob’ to the Stage

It has to be said: There is nothing to suggest that Spongebob Squarepants, nor any of his friends and foes in Bikini Bottom, are...
Dan O'Neil gives direction to This is the week that is cast members

‘This Is The Week That Is’ Satirizes Through Song

Comedy, like much that feeds us, is a perishable good. Jokes have a shelf life. Sensibilities change, the incisive becomes obtuse, sometimes Donald Trump...
Anna Caplan with the first edition of Honeycake

Wynnewood Woman Launches Jewish Children’s Literary Magazine

Interested in having the smartest Jewish kid on the block? If so, look into Honeycake for the new reader in your life this Chanukah. Founded...
David Broza and his band

Israeli Musician David Broza Heads to Philly

It’s safe to say that David Broza has a passion for Spanish culture. But while he has the music down, when it comes to...
A statue of a prisoner by an unknown sculptor at Aushwitz

National Liberty Museum Showcases Auschwitz Prisoners’ Secret Art

Created in secret, its very existence was a crime. Its discovery meant certain punishment. And now for the first time it’s available for public...
Sam Ruttenberg with Justin Faulkner

Drummer Travels to China to Export Technique

“The grass is always greener on the other side,” said drummer and music educator Sam Ruttenberg about classical musicians who yearn to play jazz...

HashtagTMI Series Bridges Divides With Diaries

When a young Asya Zlatina read Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, she wondered what the famed diarist would think if she...
David DeRyckere taking a solo during Freedom Song

Jewish Rehab Center Brings Musical to the Main Line

Los Angeles’ Beit T’Shuvah fights addiction the Jewish way: with song, dance and a musical about Passover. It’s all part of the recovery curriculum at...