Culture

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

A landscape shows a stream running through the ground with wispy clouds in a blue sky.

Art Galleries Focus on Levity, Light for December Exhibits

Philadelphia may not have yet seen its first snow of the season, but December brings with it winter in earnest, including the shortest days...

Deeply Jewish Comedy Is Having a Moment, Even as Antisemitism Rocks Pop Culture

Two weeks after a Trump-supporting heckler threw a beer can at Ariel Elias ...
Roberta Hochberger Gruber, wearing a black patterned jacket and glasses, is looking to the right and smiling.

Last Word: Roberta Hochberger Gruber Fashions a Legacy for Designers

Designer and Drexel University Professor Emerita Roberta Hochberger Gruber still remembers the Chanel suit she saw as a student visiting the Drexel Historic Costume...
Rabbi Shawn Zevit is a white man with grey hair and goatee strumming a guitar and singing, surrounded by man dancing.

Mishkan Shalom Continues to Change With the Times

Mishkan Shalom Rabbi Shawn Zevit, in recent years, was reminded of the quote by poet Clarissa Pinkola Estes: “We were made for these times.” For...
Moshe Hezekiah is a Black man with a short beard and glasses wearing a tallit and helping a young Nigerian Jewish boy wrap tefillin.

Beth Sholom Torah Reader Connects Philadelphia, Nigeria

For Judaism, a religion in its 5783rd year, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In a congregation in Abuja, Nigeria, the...
A young white boy in a winter jacket sits on a park bench next to an elderly man wearing a suit.

‘Armageddon Time’ an Honest, Overworked Tale of Two Americas

The potency of James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” relies on the film being watched in 2022. A New York boy coming of age in 1980, protagonist...
A black woman stands in front of a colorful wall and amid a room filled with flowers.

Philadelphia Jewish Film and Media Finds its Film Festival Footing

Forty two isn’t a number that’s often celebrated. It’s not a multiple of five that’s easily memorable, nor is it a multiple of 18,...
John Y. Wind is a white man with short, dark hair and thick-framed glasses smiling at the camera.

Hyatt Centric Exhibit Features Israeli-born Artist

Bedecked in a gold chain, a Sharpie-tattooed heart on his face, a rainbow pin draped from his torso and an evil eye — harkening...

Theatre Ariel Begins New Season With Play About Passover

Theatre Ariel opened its 32nd season at Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley on Oct. 22. Even though it was a Saturday night when...
A big yellow sculpture with the letters "O" and "Y" sit on the brick entrance to the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.

‘OY/YO’ Artist to Speak at the Weitzman

It’s easy to spot the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History these days. For the past six months, it’s been home to the...