Arts & Life

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Seinfeld writer, novelist comes to Gordon Center
BY Simone Ellin
September 4, 2014

Ever wonder who coined the phrase: “Yada yada yada?” What about “double dipping?” “Shrinkage?” Although these terms are now part of English vernacular, that wasn’t always the case. All three phrases came out of the brain of journalist, comedy writer, TV producer and YouTube host-turned-novelist, Peter Mehlman. Mehlman, a University of Maryland alum, will bring CONTINUE »

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Anti-vaccine movement creates tension in Jewish community
BY Simone Ellin
August 28, 2014

As children return to school this week, some parents, physicians and scientists are engaged in an increasingly fierce debate over the safety and necessity of childhood vaccinations for diseases such as polio, hepatitis B, pertussis, diphtheria and chicken pox. Emotions run high on both sides, with parents who choose not to vaccinate claiming that they CONTINUE »

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Yiddish tango links time, space, musical styles
BY Anthony Weiss/JTA
August 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The music that packs the Skirball Cultural Center’s stately courtyard — Yiddish tango — is a musical hybrid twice over. On the tango side, it is a blend of African-born rhythms and a potpourri of European music styles. On the Yiddish side, it combines mournful liturgical melodies with folk songs. Tango too CONTINUE »

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Documentary reveals a Jewish woman’s complex racial identity
BY Rebecca Spence/JTA
August 28, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — When Lacey Schwartz celebrated her bat mitzvah more than two decades ago in her hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., a synagogue-goer turned to her and said, “It’s so nice to have an Ethiopian Jew in our midst.” Never mind that Schwartz, a striking 37-year-old with long black curls and a megawatt smile, is CONTINUE »

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Jewish Renewal movement founder’s insights form new guide for senior living
BY Rabbi Jack Riemer/JNS.org
August 28, 2014

Sara Davidson’s “The December Project” is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many CONTINUE »