Arts & Life

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Agents, informants, terrorists and diplomats scheme in ‘Bethlehem’
BY Michael Fox
March 6, 2014

The screw-tightening Israeli drama “Bethlehem” pivots on the personal bond between a Shin Bet officer and the Palestinian teenager he’s cultivated as an informant. That may sound like a bad case of misplaced trust by both parties. In the context of this harrowing film, where every character has his own agenda and loyalty is measured CONTINUE »

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Acting is all about family for ‘Man of La Mancha’ star
BY Simone Ellin
March 6, 2014

Asked how he got his start in the theater business, veteran actor and director Rick Grossman will tell you he was born in a trunk. And things haven’t changed much. These days, Grossman, who was raised among three generations of theater people, is living not in, but out of a trunk, as he tours the CONTINUE »

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Yeshiva’s Rebecca Yoshor excels on, off court
BY Hillel Kuttler, JTA
February 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Watching Rebecca Yoshor in action for the Yeshiva University women’s basketball team, the skills are evident: the shot making, quickness, leadership and court smarts. They are skills honed in what her father describes as “fierce games” with her brothers and the neighborhood kids in the driveway of her Houston home and playing CONTINUE »

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In Bucharest, a Jewish theater struggles to cheat death once more
BY Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
February 27, 2014

BUCHAREST, Romania — When secret police opened fire on protesters near her home, Maia Morgenstern headed for the Jewish State Theater. It was 1989, and Morgenstern, then 27, and a few of her friends took refuge in the theater, as protesters outside clashed with forces loyal to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Hundreds died in two CONTINUE »

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World’s oldest Holocaust survivor takes center stage in Oscar-nominated documentary
BY Tom Tugend, JTA
February 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES — In her 110 years, Alice Herz-Sommer has been an accomplished concert pianist and teacher, a wife and mother — and a prisoner in Theresienstadt. Now she is the star of an Oscar-nominated documentary showing her indomitable optimism, cheerfulness and vitality, despite all the upheavals and horrors she faced in the 20th century. CONTINUE »