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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Remember ‘Grapes of Wrath’? ‘Mother Road’ at SD Rep is the Sequel

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The name John Steinbeck evokes images of the hay-field covered American southwest, the Dust Bowl, hungry children with dirty faces, and men and women scarred by depression and poverty. Where Grapes of Wrath left off, a...

‘Nevergreen’: A Satiric Commentary on Contemporary College ‘Values’

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Following a chance meeting aboard an airplane, a doctor simply identified as “J.” is invited to give a lecture at Nevergreen College, which was built on an island that formerly housed an insane asylum. ...

Eva Lanska’s Award-Winning Film “Little French Fish” Premiered on ShortsTV in Europe on Amazon...

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London-based filmmaker Eva Lanska’s award-winning drama short Little French Fish held its European premiere on leading short movie entertainment network ShortsTV on September 19, 2021. The film first premiered on ShortsTV in North America on September 9, 2021 on DirecTV, AT&T...

A Jewish Perspective on the Pandemic

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Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Chula Vista,  has created a pearl of a book that I highly recommend. It is a fascinating, encompassing, very erudite and broad in...

Tzimmes Offers Full Array of Jewish Music in ‘The Road Never Travelled’ CD

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Tzimmes, the Vancouver-based Jewish band under the direction of Moshe Denburg, has just released a two-disc recording, The Road Never Travelled, celebrating  its 35th anniversary. This is the group’s fourth album. Denburg figures prominently in all the...

‘A Boy in Winter’ Brings Privation, Fear, Horror of Holocaust Graphically to Life

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A Boy in Winter appears initially to be an firsthand account, told from the viewpoints of the various individuals involved – both directly and indirectly – in the roundup and murder of the Jews of...

Young Adult Novel Deals With Miscegenation, Dysgraphia, Antisemitism

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This is a story for Young Adults set in the turbulent 1960s, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down anti-miscegenation laws in 16 states via its decision in Loving v. Virginia. Leah, a recent...

Biography Tells of Hiding in a ‘High Nest’ from the Nazis

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This is a biography of two Dutch Jewish sisters who survived much of World War II living under assumed identities in a country villa located on a high knoll in the middle of the...

Novel Relates Tangled Lives of Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivor, Neo-Nazi

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This well-written book is about people, specifically the two main characters, who have psychological and sexual hang-ups and issues which complicate their lives, as well as those of the people around them. The chapters...

Rabbi’s new book offers spiritual boot camp for High Holidays

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In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Rabbi Mark Wildes, founder and director of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), was looking for ways to keep students and young adults engaged with Judaism and each...