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Jews wrestle with pork

Rabbi Jared Saks, of Maine's largest Jewish congregation, no longer subscribes to his religion's most well-known taboo.
Preferably pastured, it’s no longer treif for many locavores
By LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  February 01, 2013

The Chosen keeps the faith

The leap from page to stage for The Chosen (at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 17) is more of a hop.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 09, 2012

Review: It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl

In 50 years, Theodor Herzl predicted in his diary during the First Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897, he would be recognized as the founder of the first Jewish state.
Richard Trank's documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 07, 2012

Review: Footnote

As one-sided rivalries go, Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar Aba) has it bad.
One-sided rivalry
By ANN LEWINSON  |  March 23, 2012

Two Jews, three opinions

The opening segment of Between Two Worlds deals with the bitter disagreement over the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's 2009 decision to screen the controversial documentary Rachel , about an American activist crushed by an Israeli Defense Forces b
A founder of America's first Jewish film festival takes stock of the big questions
By ALEX IRVINE  |  March 16, 2012

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

A (sort of) heartwarming story of a Jew and a Muslim.
By DAVID KISH  |  September 30, 2011

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Review: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

Not many these days are familiar with Aleichem's own story, or his other work, or his impact on Jewish culture and literature in general.
Joseph Dorman's portrait of Aleichem
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 02, 2011

My misbegotten creative career

Vo Dilanduhs know R.J. Heim, the veteran Channel 10 meteorologist and news reporter, as a charismatic and engaging fellow but, primarily, as a local weatherman.
Still waiting for Slugot; fan feedback; Gatorgate
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  August 05, 2011

Performing words written en route to Auschwitz

It is barely conceivable how one woman, at a way station en route to Auschwitz, wrote so ardently of purple lupine.
Poetic collage
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 29, 2011

Review: Jewish wit pervades Acorn's latest production

Around this time of year, the vast majority of holiday entertainment — Nutcrackers both Victorian and burlesque; innumerable A Christmas Carols ; even the rogue Sedaris debauchery of The Santaland Diaries — is some sort of riff on a holiday that's a
Wry humor
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 10, 2010

Review: Seacoast Rep's clever Rooms

Monica (Christine Dulong), a go-getter songwriter and Glasgow’s "young Jewish entertainer of the year," at first seems a poor match for snarky rocker Ian (Graham Bailey), who hides out in his bedroom noodling on his guitar and taking slugs from a flask.
Rock and love
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 24, 2010


Review: Holy Rollers

Loosely based on a true story, Kevin Asch’s film is an unlikely fusion of Almost Famous and Scarface featuring Hasidic Jews.
Hasidic Jews try the drug trafficking biz
By ZAK JASON  |  June 04, 2010

Review: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

"You are here to kneel/Where prayer has been valid.” “Here” for T.S. Eliot was a church in Huntingdonshire, but it’s hard to imagine a place where prayer has been more valid than Jerusalem, or a place where more people have died for their faith.
“Jerusalem: The City of the Two Peaces,” live At Sanders Theatre, May 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010

Netsky notes

Hankus Netsky founded the Klezmer Conservatory Band 30 years ago at New England Conservatory and sparked an American klezmer revival that continues to this day.
The KCB's main man talks Klezmer
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010

Jew note

Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010

We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010


Greg Epstein, Atheist Superstar

Once an intellectual taboo, atheism has become one of the great growth industries of the third millennium.
Can Harvard's humanist chaplain save nonbelief from itself?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 27, 2009

Vegas and Jungleland

Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 27, 2009

White-supremacist code printed nationwide

While von Brunn survived to face federal criminal charges and may yet die slowly in federal prison, he did manage to get newspapers around the globe to print a white-supremacist code praising Adolf Hitler right next to his name.
Co-Opting the Media
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 19, 2009

Catholic Tilt

If, sometime in the next few decades, humanity kicks the religion habit once and for all, the current crop of atheist agitators will deserve plenty of credit.
James Carroll justifies his faith
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 01, 2009

Review: The Seven Days

In Jewish tradition, Shiva is a seven-day mourning period observed after a loved one's funeral.
A dance of pent-up tension
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  April 01, 2009


The spectacle of terror

Images are weapons as real as bullets and bombs.
Why the attacks in Mumbai constitute a terrible threat
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2008

Silver Jew | Drag City DVD

Michael Tully’s 52-minute home movie/documentary follows the band as they schlep around Israel touring, shopping, and playing a handful of gigs.  
Drag City (2008)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 08, 2008

Vigilantes and volunteers

This article originally appeared in the August 7, 1973 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Crime patrols in Boston
By SHARON BASCO  |  August 14, 2008

My Father My Lord

Volach overdoes the quoting from the Torah, but the intimacy of each shot and the quiet force from each character elevate the film to the level of parable.
Hushed, dun-colored, and beautifully shot
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 25, 2008

Free your nerd

When “I’m Too Sexy” comes on, 28-year-old Rachel Marks has a flashback. “Oh my God,” she says. “My bat mitzvah.”
Dancing stupid
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  February 20, 2008


The yenta monologues

What do you call a Conservative Jewish lesbian mother of two boys? Very funny, in the case of Judy Gold.
Judy Gold’s Jewish-mother complex
By ED SIEGEL  |  December 26, 2007

Making book

If obsession is at the core of The Rosenbach Company, says co-creator Ben Katchor, that only makes the pop musical a human story.
Ben Katchor explains The Rosenbach Company
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 14, 2007

Thanks be to Coulter

Even appearing to defend Ann Coulter makes my skin crawl, but I must.
Letters to the Boston editor: November 2, 2007
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  October 31, 2007

Bravo Rivo!

September 30 was a delicious day for this secular Jew
Plus Flickipedia
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 17, 2007