Culture

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

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...
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When Jews Found Refuge in Underground Warren at Warsaw Zoo

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The little-known story of how 300 Jews were saved by hiding beneath animal cages is the subject of a new museum opening next month...
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Woodcrafting Classes Help Attendees Follow Noah’s Footsteps

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A woodworking shop in Manayunk features several Jewish-themed classes to make items such as mezuzot and challah boards, run by a local rabbi. On a...