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2014: Tzivi’s Top Picks

Best Feature Film of 2014: Selma Runner Up: Birdman Best Director of 2014: Ava DuVernay (Selma) Runner Up: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) Best Documentary of 2014: Gringo Trails Runner Up: Life Itself Best Actress of 2014: Amy Adams (Big Eyes) Runner up: Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) Best Actor: Michael Keaton (Birdman) Runner Up: David Oyelowo (Selma) Best Supporting Actress: […]

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How FIDDLER has become…

Sincere thanks to Paul Wieder of the JUF News for this new post about my August lecture series for the Chicago YIVO Society’s annual Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture 🙂 ************************* September 22, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Broadway performance of Fiddler on the Roof. But first, in August, Jan Lisa Huttner will present her […]

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TBE Members-of-the-Month

Todah Rabah, Sheynem Dank & Many Thanks to the Members of Temple Beth Emeth of Flatbush for naming us their Nov ’13 Members-of-the Month! Temple Beth Emeth Members of the Month by Allan Zarrow Two of our newest members have become two of our most active and visible people at Temple.  Meet Jan Lisa Huttner […]

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5774: L’Shannah Tovah

Click here to download & print eCard as a pdf: ShannahTovah5774

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Chgo YIVO: Aug ’13

Now live on JUF Online: Preview of Coming Attractions for my Aug 13/Aug 15 Lecture: “Who is ‘the Fiddler’… and how did he get on the roof? I started asking myself these two questions over thirteen years ago, in May 2000, on a trip to the Marc Chagall Biblical Message Museum in Nice. Now, after a […]

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Tevye’s Daughters

Tevye’s Daughters: From Chawton to Broadway In this presentation, the fourth of my annual series on the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof, I will explore the character arcs of Teyve’s three eldest daughters (Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava) and their transformation from page to stage. September 22, 2014 will be the 50th anniversary of Fiddler’s very first Opening […]

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Adios Paula

Filmmaker Paula Markovitch has left Chicago & is now on her way to another film festival in Seoul, South Korea. She did Q&A sessions after the two screenings of her remarkable first feature The Prize at our Chicago Latino Film Festival & luckily I was able to attend both. I won’t kid you: The Prize is […]

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CLFF The Prize

April 14 Update: OK now we’ve seen it & we all loved it (“we” = Jan & Rich plus Monica & Jim). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, so attend the 2nd screening on Monday @ 6:15 PM if possible. This is a difficult film to watch but beautifully done & very worthwhile. Mazel Tov, Schvester Paula! Alas, as […]

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Mazel Tov, Cyndee!

From April ’12 Spotlight: Cyndee Schaffer’s book Mollie’s War: The Letters of a WWII WAC in Europe just won first place in the 2012 Royal Dragonfly Contest in the Biography/Autobiography/Memoir category! Schaffer has numerous public appearances planned for the spring, including Monday, April 23 at the next Chicago Jewish Authors Literary Series (hosted by Max […]

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Oscar Noms 2012

Posted today by JUF Online: Another year, another set of Oscar nominations. First the good news: Joseph Cedar’s Footnote scored another nomination for Israel in the Best Foreign Language Film (BFLF) category, making this Israel’s fourth nomination in the last five years, and ten total since the founding of the state in 1948. Israel received […]

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