Arts & Life Features

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Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club owner talks strategy
BY Jim Williams
July 2, 2014

Mark down the date: Friday, June 20, 2014. It was the day that the world realized that Israel had become a force in the world of professional basketball. Former Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt, who led the yellow and blue to both the 2014 Euroleague and Israeli Basketball Super League championships, was CONTINUE »

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David Blatt riding Tel Aviv’s Euro title to NBA dream job
BY Anthony Weiss/JTA
July 2, 2014

LOS ANGELES — In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball. Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a different, and totally unprecedented, form of aliyah — to leave the ranks of Israeli basketball to coach in the CONTINUE »

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‘The German Doctor’ reveals the same inhumane Mengele
BY Jason Stack/JNS.org
June 26, 2014

Seven decades after the Holocaust, Josef Mengele is still a difficult name to stomach, as the repercussions of his medical experiments echo throughout history. So when I first heard about “The German Doctor” (“Wakolda” in German), a historical drama set in early 1960s Argentina and focused on part of Mengele’s life on the run from CONTINUE »

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Standup comic’s act gets real in ‘Obvious Child’
BY Michael Fox
June 19, 2014

Going back at least as far as Moses, Jews have taken public positions at personal risk. Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre’s inspiration comes from more recent role models: Larry Fine, Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. The star and writer-director of the bracingly honest indie comedy “Obvious Child” embrace their Jewish comic influences and CONTINUE »

Sometimes in unexpected locations, Jewish food festivals unite history, culture
BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
June 19, 2014

Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. Not exactly the Jewish capitals of America, but they are both home to major Jewish food festivals. From street vendors to strolling klezmer musicians, food festivals bring people together with traditional favorites, uniting history and culture. According to Marty Gillen, chairman of Asheville’s HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival, CONTINUE »