Arts & Life

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Jewish milieu, characters infuse Turturro’s ‘Fading Gigolo’
BY Michael Fox
May 1, 2014

My big thing was to not have him wear khaki pants and an Army coat,” John Turturro said with a broad smile. “And I got him out of that. I said, ‘That’s not in my color scheme. I’m an Italian director.’” This dash of bravado might sound pretentious, or even ludicrous, on paper. But when CONTINUE »

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Tal Heinrich is one of the brightest young stars of Israel’s Sport5
BY Jim Williams
May 1, 2014

Sport5, or Sport Hamesh as it is known in Israel, is in many ways like ESPN in the United States. It is a combination of five cable and satellite sports networks that cover both amateur and professional sports from around the globe; but instead of English, it offers its content in Hebrew. At the age CONTINUE »

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At Wrigley Field, Orthodox vendors going the way of Cubs wins
BY Uriel Heilman, JTA
May 1, 2014

Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team. But there’s one little-known quirk at Wrigley that appears to be fading away, CONTINUE »

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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival offers creations, demonstrations
BY Melissa Gerr
April 24, 2014

Unique handcrafted works, process demonstrations, music and artisan foods all come swirling together to make up the 38th annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival this weekend in Timonium, just north of Baltimore. The 250 jury-selected artists will be exhibiting their works in ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, furniture, home décor, leather, fine art and photography. In addition CONTINUE »

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Ten ways a summer ritual is changing
BY Julie Wiener, JTA
April 24, 2014

Nostalgia about summer traditions notwithstanding, Jewish camps have changed dramatically from a generation ago. Camp’s value for Jewish education and identity-building is now a major focus of communal attention. Major Jewish foundations, federations and organizations are investing heavily in the sector. Many camps have become more intentional about incorporating Jewish learning, Shabbat and Israel into CONTINUE »