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The ancient synagogue in Baram (Wikimedia Commons)
Close to the Lebanese border in the upper Galilee is the Baram National Park, located on the Sasa-Bar’am road route 899, which is home to the Baram synagogue. Synagogue remains throughout the Galilee bear witness to the continuous Jewish presence in Israel from ancient times to the present day. There were essentially 3 groups of synagogues: The first built during the...
Nathan Gunn is one of America’s greatest and most versatile baritones, as he amply proves in the HersheyFelder produced and directed one-man show, Nathan Gunn, Flying Solo, A Musical Story about Family, Love, and the Wild World of Music. Now showing, until June 10 at the Lyceum Stage, this virtuoso performance is infused with humor, pathos and some of the most...
Twenty high school students competed in the 5th annual Broadway San Diego Awards: Celebrating Excellence in High School Theatre On Sunday night, May 27.  The two winners each receive a check for $1,000 toward a scholarship and a chance to go on to the national Jimmy Awards on Broadway. In a first for this year, Cox will air a one-hour TV special on...
SAN DIEGO – Isaac Artenstein’s newest documentary, To The Ends of the Earth: A Portrait of Jewish San Diego, which is on sale at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, tapped present and past Jewish leaders of San Diego to narrate the story of 168 years of Jewish settlement in the southwestern corner of the continental United States. Viewers of...
Mountain is a tribute to the power and fascination mountains have had over us mere mortals since the beginning of time. It is a Screen Australia production, produced and directed by Jennifer Peedom.  The film provides gorgeous visuals of mountains in twenty-two countries throughout the world.  The music which accompanies the film is provided by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  The...
Philip Roth, influential Jewish writer, Pulitzer Prize winner who wrote about male lust, Jewish life and the United States, died on Tuesday night in New York, at a Manhattan hospital from congestive heart failure on May 22, 2018, according to the New York Times who spoke to one of his close friends. Roth was 85. "He was an incredibly generous person. Always very...
Workers at the archeological site, the Mount Antiquities Salvage Operation in Emek Tzurim, on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem’s Old City, Oct. 6, 2016. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90
Five exceptionally rare ancient coins from among the first-ever minted ones by Jews were discovered on the Temple Mount, evidence of Jewish activity at the disputed site. The small coins—three in pristine condition and two showing signs of wear—were discovered as part of the Temple Mount Sifting Project, an archaeological initiative started in order to sift thousands of tons of...
Smadar Samson amid ceramics featured in the “Israel–70 Years of Crafts and Design” exhibit at the Mingei International Museum (Photo by Melissa Jacobs)
The Mingei International Museum’s current exhibition of Israeli crafts and design is a retrospective that incorporates aspects of the Jewish State’s history with what the exhibit’s curator, Smadar Samson, describes as four major themes of that nation’s experience. These themes are 1) invoking the collective memory of the Jewish people; 2) creating something from nothing; 3) restlessness and innovation; and...
SAN DIEGO – Wrestling Jerusalem is a rather incredible one-man show, now filmed, in which writer and actor Aaron Davidman, in some 22 vignettes over 93 minutes, portrays the complexities, hardened positions, anger, sadness, frustration, fervor, poignancy, and, eventually, hope that characterize Israelis and Palestinians in the seemingly never-ending dispute.  Because of its intensity, the movie is almost as exhausting to...
איך שרײב אַ בריװעלע אַז קײנער זאָל ניט זען; דאָס דאָזיק בריװעלע װעט קײנער ניט באַקומען, איך שרײַב עס, טײַערע, פֿאַר די װאָס זענען דאָ געװען, פֿאַר די װאָס װעלן שױן אַהערצו מער ניט קומען. דאָס דאָזיק בריװעלע איז װי אַ שאָס פֿון טרוקן אױג, אַן אױג װאָס אױפֿגעפּראַלט איז כלומרשט לער-און-לײדיק, נאָר אינדעראמתן, ס'קוקט אין די הױכן אױס די טױב װאָס זאָל אַ בענטש טאָן...

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