Arts & Life

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A film about football and friendships — could it lead to peace?
BY Jim Williams
May 22, 2014

Almost four years ago, San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker Paul Hirschberger began learning all he could about the North American-style of tackle football that is being played in Israel. He has turned the research into his first sports film, “Touchdown Israel,” about how the growing sport is bridging cultural gaps in Israel. “I was looking for CONTINUE »

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Beckoning Druid Hill’s past Jewish history and the role it played for Baltimoreans
BY Melissa Gerr
May 22, 2014

In its more than 150-year history, Druid Hill Park has seen transitions, just as many venerable urban locations often do. Yet, it has continued to serve as a green and peaceful respite to many communities in Baltimore and for the Jewish community in particular, up to the early 1960s. Barbara Shapiro, life-long Baltimorean, city advocate CONTINUE »

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In its second D.C. run, ‘The Admission’ reveals its characters’ battle scars
BY Lisa Traiger
May 15, 2014

The recent Theater J workshop presentation of “The Admission” (which ended April 6) stirred plenty of controversy in the Jewish community, with Israeli playwright Motti Lerner hitting a nerve by questioning Israel’s founding narrative. On April 30, “The Admission” returned to Washington, D.C., with a limited-run production not affiliated with Theater J. Andy Shallal, owner CONTINUE »

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Eric Rosen directs Durang’s Chekhovian comedy at Center Stage
BY Simone Ellin
May 15, 2014

It was during a family Seder many years ago that theatrical director, producer and playwright Eric Rosen’s free-spirited Jewish father chose to break the news of his secret marriage to Rosen’s Southern Baptist mother. One can only imagine what Elijah must have observed when he visited the Rosen home that night. But whatever the prophet CONTINUE »

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Chicken-and-waffles recipe wins top prize
BY Ilene Spector
May 8, 2014

To choose the very best of the best, the Manischewitz All-Star Cookoff began with the finalists from its past seven contests. From these, four were chosen. They submitted recipes for some of the most delicious creations I have ever tasted — and I have tasted a lot of food from contest recipes! The final Manischwewitz CONTINUE »