Currently Browsing: January 2012

Troika Fiddler (2012)

Just received a Facebook message from Barbi McGuire (who plays “Yente the Matchmaker” in the new Troika touring company). December’s holiday break is over & the Troika troupe is back on the road again, beginning the second leg of their nationwide tour tomorrow in Overland Park, KS. Note a photo of Barbi (below) in her civies having brunch […]

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The Hanukkah Lamp

From Jan ’12 Spotlight: When you lit your first candle on Dec. 20, how much thought did you give to your menorah? Maybe it’s a family heirloom, or maybe you recently purchased it online, but have you ever asked yourself what your menorah says about you, your values, and your personal style? Loyola University Museum […]

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Sacred Trash

From Jan ’12 Spotlight: “The Ben Ezra Geniza was the size of a glorified walk-in closet. Yet here was an entire civilization… a kind of holy junk heap… composed of hundreds of thousands of scraps of paper.” So say Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman in their acclaimed new book Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found […]

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Kosher Cabaret

From Tzivi’s January ’12 Spotlight: West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest packed their Social Hall on December 3rd for a bravura performance by the New Budapest Orpheum Society. Joining beloved local baritone Stewart Figa on stage were mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and musicians Dan Davis, Iordanka Kissiova, Ilya Levinson, Mark Sonksen, and Don Stille. […]

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Jan ’12 Spotlight

Photo Credit: Jan Lisa Huttner. When you lit your first candle on Dec. 20, how much thought did you give to your menorah? Maybe it’s a family heirloom, or maybe you recently purchased it online, but have you ever asked yourself what your menorah says about you, your values, and your personal style? Loyola University […]

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PFFA ’11

From Dec ’11 Spotlight: Award-winning director Agnieszka Holland, best-known internationally for her Oscar-nominated film Europa Europa, was in Chicago last month to show her new film In Darkness on the Opening Night of this year’s PFFA (Polish Film Festival in America). Poland’s candidate for the 2012 “Best Foreign Language Film” Oscar, In Darkness is a […]

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Spertus OB/OC (2011)

From Dec ’11 Spotlight: The complex relationship between Poles and Jews is also the subject of A Day of Small Beginnings, chosen for the inaugural season of Spertus Institute’s new “One Book/One Community” project. (Spertus partnered with JUF News on the book project.) Whereas In Darkness is tightly focused on the Holocaust, Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum’s […]

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