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In ‘Tel Aviv Noir,’ city’s underbelly gets its due

by Beth Kissileff, JTA

October 2, 2014 | 3:25 pm

Writers Assaf Gavron, left, and Etgar Keret edited the anthology “Tel Aviv Noir.” Gavron photo by Howard Romero; Keret photo by Yehiel Yanav

Asked by a literary magazine to name an Israeli author deserving of English translation, Etgar Keret — the Tel Aviv-based writer whose short stories have been published to worldwide... read full article

  • ‘The Fame Lunches’: Daphne Merkin is still wishing for mother’s love

    by Elaine Margolin

    August 27, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    If you were the wild child among more submissive siblings, who refused to be silenced and cried continually, and fought with all the others about their glaring hypocrisies; chances are you were not your parents’ favorite child.  If you sometimes made disturbing comments about...

  • Journalist Torgny Segerstedt speaks truth to Nazi power in Swedish film, ‘The Last Sentence’

    By Tom Tugend

    June 18, 2014 | 9:57 am

    The Swedish film “The Last Sentence” opens with a 1933 newsreel of Adolf Hitler strutting as Germany’s new chancellor and ends with 1945 footage of Russian troops closing in on the Führer’s bunker.

    During those 12 years, as Hitler first threatened and then swallowed one European...

  • Theater as addiction therapy in ‘Bliss Point’

    by Iris Mann

    June 18, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The healing power of theater underlies the collaboration between the Cornerstone Theater Company and rehabilitation centers around the city, which resulted in the company’s production of “Bliss Point,” a play about addiction and recovery, through June 22 at the Odyssey Theatre in...

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  • Thrilling days of yesteryear

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    June 11, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Nothing links the three books described below except that each, in its own way, is so charming that I couldn’t resist opening it up and, having done so, couldn’t put it down.

    One of the treasures of American-Yiddish journalism was “A Bintel Brief” (“A Bundle of Letters”), an...

  • Gwen Edelman reappears with ‘Train to Warsaw’

    by Elaine Margolin

    June 6, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    Author Gwen Edelman remains shrouded in mystery.  In an age of relentless author promotion she has chosen to remain “virtually” invisible.  She has no website or Wikipedia page, and it is almost impossible to find out the sketchiest details of her personal biography.  I was able to...

  • Life’s last chapter, biopics and Jewish terrorists

    by Iris Mann

    June 4, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Our film-going readers can look forward to an embarrassment of cinematic riches this summer, with an eclectic mix of movies promising something for almost everyone.

    A few of the films will tear at your heartstrings.  Among these is “Lullaby,” which follows the journey of Jonathan...

  • ‘Intersection’ at the Breed Street Shul

    By Jonathan Maseng

    June 4, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    The heavily Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights might seem an odd place to hold an art show that appeals to Jews, but for many native Angelenos who are familiar with the neighborhood’s history, it makes perfect sense. 

    Boyle Heights, the onetime home of most of the city’s Jewry,...

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