An ‘Oy Vey’ Journey of Self-Discovery

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Estella Fish is Puerto Rican, and she clasps a rosary while fretting about her directionless youngest daughter, Alexis. Yet, she sounds like a typical Jewish mother concerned about an underachieving adult child. It may have something to do with the fact that Estella’s husband is Jewish, although he’s easygoing and soft-spoken rather than schticky. The… Read More

Nazi Spy? Not Hardly

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WASHINGTON — Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a remarkable exhibit about the late Hedy Strnad, a Jewish-Czech dressmaker, who, with her husband, Paul, attempted to immigrate to the United States on the eve… Read More

Renovations Coming to Merriweather

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Two words come up in conversation consistently when discussing concert amphitheater Merriweather Post Pavilion: unique and iconic. Nestled in the woods of Columbia, Merriweather is considered the Holy Grail of Maryland concert venues by fans, artists and agents alike. It’s large enough to host acts such as Jack White, Jack Johnson, The Flaming Lips and… Read More

Eureka!

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Ever wonder where great ideas — truly inspired ideas that transport and transform the people who have them and their worlds — come from? Great ideas and the unusual visionaries who dream them up are the subject of a new exhibition that opened Oct. 4 at the American Visionary Art Museum. Described by AVAM’s founder… Read More

A Happy Holiday

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Sukkot celebrates the joy of the late summer harvest and is often thought of as the Jewish Thanksgiving. However, at this holiday, where we eat is as meaningful as what we eat. Through the sukkahs we simulate the experience of the Exodus from Egypt. Traveling to the Promised Land for 40 years through the desert,… Read More

Room to Rent

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Many observant Jews own a sukkah that they put up every year for the weeklong fall holiday of Sukkot. But renting the temporary structure is a lesser-known option than owning. The sukkah-rental business is a relatively new space in which the Litton family of Lawrence, N.Y., is a pioneer. “We were the first ones to… Read More

Serving Up an Ace

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SUNRISE, Fla. — It wasn’t Tel Aviv, but thousands of people chanting his name at a Davis Cup match following a grueling victory was a pretty good way for Israel’s Andy Ram to leave the game of tennis to which he had devoted more than half his life. Ram, 34, and his longtime doubles partner,… Read More

Secret Weapon

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Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift — a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen… Read More

Thoroughly modern ‘Altina’

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LOS ANGELES — Ambitious girls of yore looking for role models among successful and accomplished women might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a social justice champion. And then there was Altina Schinasi, the subject of a new documentary feature, “Altina,” directed by her filmmaker grandson Peter… Read More

A call to ‘action!’

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A robust 75, the award-winning playwright, theater director and screenwriter Israel Horovitz nonetheless isn’t in the market for a new career. Too bad, for his moving debut as a filmmaker, “My Old Lady,” is a rewarding, beautifully acted story of adults overcoming loneliness and bitterness. “[The late, great Jewish director]  Sidney Lumet once said to… Read More