Arts & Life

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Sacred and profane: Philip Roth, onetime ‘enfant terrible,’ gets seminary honor
BY Beth Kissileff/JTA
June 5, 2014

“What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what some considered a none-too-flattering light. Fast-forward half a century. On Thursday, the writer whose CONTINUE »

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Hong Kong makes pitch for deeper business ties with ‘startup nation’ Israel
BY Josh Hasten/JNS.org
May 29, 2014

Israel’s business community has increasingly turned eastward toward booming Asian markets — so much so it was recently reported that in 2014, Israel is expected to export more on an annual basis to Asia than it will to the United States. Fittingly, then, Asian countries had a major presence at the prestigious MIXiii — Israel CONTINUE »

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Danielle Goldstein aims for Rio Games
BY Ben Sales/JTA
May 29, 2014

YAGUR, Israel — The crowd was sparse and admission was free. Pop music from 10 years ago blared from loudspeakers. A few families sat on bleachers near the athletes, who hopped over a low fence when it was time to compete. The Israeli Equestrian Championships wasn’t the most obvious place to look for an accomplished CONTINUE »

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Israeli artist featured in exhibit that examines meaning of American flag
BY Melissa Gerr
May 29, 2014

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is adding to the state’s 200th Star Spangled Banner celebration with a new exhibit, “For Whom It Stands,” which examines the meaning of the American flag in a manner that is “inclusive, culturally diverse and interactive,” according to the museum’s executive director, Dr. CONTINUE »

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HaZamir brings Jewish teens of all backgrounds together
BY Simone Ellin
May 22, 2014

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Just ask Erika Schon, conductor of the Baltimore chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir. The choir recently returned from HaZamir’s annual festival in New York, which culminated in a performance at Carnegie Hall on March 30. Schon’s group includes 36 youngsters in grades 8 to 12 CONTINUE »