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Story of the Song | Women Wage Peace

13 hours 11 min ago
From Yael Deckelbaum.com


The song "Prayer of the Mothers", was born as a result of an alliance made between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”.

The movement arose on summer 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan”.

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The Secret Jewish History Of ‘A Star Is Born’

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00am
By Seth Rogovoy for The Forward
 


Like the cicadas that spend most of their lives underground, emerging only every 13 or 17 years (and how they decide is for you to know and me to find out), the movie musical “A Star Is Born” gets remade every few decades or so. The latest incarnation, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is scheduled to open on October 5, having premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August and at festivals in Toronto and San Sebastian in September.


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Linda Richman Is Verklempt

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:00am
By Rokhl Kafrissen for Tablet Magazine 


How Yiddish entered American pop culture, and how American pop culture penetrated the Yiddish vernacular


“On this show we talk about coffee, New York, daughters, dogs, you know, no big whoop, it’s just coffee talk.” If you were alive and owned a TV in the early 1990s you probably have some recollection of Linda Richman, the iconic Mike Myers Saturday Night Live character. She was a New York Jewess with an exquisite collection of “low back chain shift” vowels and an immovable pouf of black curls.

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Meet David Fantle, Interviewer To The Golden Age Stars

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
PJ Grisar for The Forward


40 years ago David Fantle and his writing partner, Tom Johnson, saved up enough money from their summer jobs to fly to Los Angeles for interviews with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. They were 18-years-old Minnesotans with no credentials other than chutzpah and a love for Golden Age cinema. They had never done anything like it before and all it took was a snail mail request for sit downs with the two titans of cinematic dance.

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Remembering the Emmys’ First Best Actress Winner

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 
 

Gertrude Berg deserves kudos from every fan of comedy and/or powerful women


Last week, many of us were glued to our TVs for the 70th annual Emmy Awards, waiting to see whether Rachel Brosnahan wins her first Emmy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. But if you rooted for the star of the Jewish-est show on television, why not take the opportunity to learn about the winner of the very first Emmy for best actress, Gertrude Berg?

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In ‘Unsettling,’ Leftist Filmmaker Embeds in a West Bank Settlement

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
BY ROSANNE SKIRBLE for Moment


Founded in 1976, Tekoa is one of the oldest Jewish settlements on the West Bank. About an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv, it is a world apart, isolated in the Judean Hills and surrounded by Arab villages. Tekoa is a small town whose settlers wrestle with the ongoing controversy about their right to live there. But politics isn’t the only driver that brings people here. Residents say Tekoa is a good place to raise a family and are attracted to the sense of community and affordable lifestyle. Many residents have lived there all their lives.

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Meet Zoolod, a Jewish and Arab Israeli hip-hop duo

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir


Hailing from the city of Lod, the duo writes and performs music together that ignores politics and focuses on their passion for rap.


Teddy Neguse and Anan Hafaga are best friends with two different personalities and backgrounds. They form a rap duo called Zoolod.


Growing up in Lod, where the group gets its name, Teddy was from a Jewish Ethiopian family and Anan from a Muslim Arab family. They met in high school and bonded over a shared appreciation for music.

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Neil Simon got us right. That’s what geniuses do

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Ari Roth for JTA


One of the more eloquent pieces to come out about Neil Simon, that most American, and Jewish, of playwrights.

 

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