Culture

The history and creativity that define Jewish Philly: food, literature, arts and entertainment.

Pandemic Fashion: Going Beyond the Mask

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In 2020, comfort was key. Elissa Bloom, executive director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, saw the popularity of items like sweatpants, sneakers and leggings skyrocket...

Rabbi Abel Respes Spent Lifetime Urging Jews of Color to Discover Their Roots

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The late Rabbi Abel Respes, the subject of a Black History Month webinar this week, always knew his family was different. Born in 1919 to...

Langhorne Slim’s New Album Inspired By Singer’s Jewish Grandparents

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Anyone will tell you that 2020 was a tough year, but Langhorne Slim’s 2019 was no picnic, either. The Jewish singer-songwriter was unable to make...

How Chanukah Returned to Amsterdam’s Royal Concert Hall Decades After the Holocaust

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By Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM — There’s a huge pipe organ where the Torah ark should be, but otherwise this city’s Royal Concert Hall looks, sounds and...

You Can Buy an 18th-Century Torah Shield Matching the Israel Museum’s (if You Have...

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By Philissa Cramer Among the relics up for sale in a forthcoming Sotheby’s auction are two Torah shields that the auction house is calling “the...

Frankfurt’s New $58 Million Jewish Museum Reclaims Anne Frank’s Forgotten Roots

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By Cnaan Liphshiz FRANKFURT, Germany — Although she was born in this city, Anne Frank is mainly associated with Amsterdam, where she hid during the...

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...
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A Developing Story on Avedon

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A local exhibition of famed photographer Richard Avedon's work captures his affinity for truth to power and social justice issues. Some early visitors to the...
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The Bread of Construction

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Rephael Epstein’s matzah-inspired exhibit in Germantown is a redemption story and an exercise in sensory overload. Entering “Into the Desert (Everyone Gets Their Just Desserts),”...
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Cultural Leaders Reveal How They Use the Tools of Their Trades

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Philadelphia has long had a vibrant history of arts and culture, much of it Jewish in nature or production. The first mainstream play to...