by Paul Bass | Dec 22, 2017 9:07 am
In New Haven, many Jews have a Christmas tradition other than Chinese food and movies. They fill (to capacity) a Dec. 24 evening performance by Stacy Phillips & His Bluegrass Characters and a Dec. 25 klezmer show by David Chevan’s Nu Haven Kapelye.
Continue reading ‘Where Jews Go On Xmas’
by Paul Bass | Dec 13, 2017 2:14 pm
Stacey Battat is spreading the light of Hanukkah in our community — which isn’t as simple a proposition as it sounds.
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by Brian Slattery | Nov 15, 2017 1:10 pm
Actor George Guidall had grown up receiving his Jewish education from a melamed. He had deeply religious family members. So he knew a lot about the background of the rabbi he plays in Long Wharf Theatre’s upcoming production of The Chosen, which runs Nov. 22 to Dec. 17.
But he also found himself in tension with that character — and possibly, in doing so, practicing his culture and his faith.
Continue reading ‘A Jewish Actor’s “Chosen” Challenge’
by Staff | Nov 7, 2017 8:56 am | Comments (1)
At one New Haven school, up to 90 percent of the kids sometimes go hungry.
Continue reading ‘Hunger Bagged’
by Paul Bass | Nov 2, 2017 1:35 pm
Malachi Kanfer discovered in his teens that, while he sometimes had trouble speaking, he had no trouble singing. In fact he could belt it out, and move people in the process.
Continue reading ‘How Malachi Found His Voice’
by Paul Bass | Oct 20, 2017 12:00 pm | Comments (1)
When neo-Nazis staged a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and called for ridding America of Jews, their slogans and the carnage hit particularly home for New Haven activists Jennifer Klein and James Berger: They met each other at Charlottesville, at the University of Virginia campus Hillel, 25 years ago.
Continue reading ‘Tikkun Olam, New Haven-Style’
by Staff | Oct 10, 2017 1:37 pm
So a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim walk into a synagogue ...
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by Allan Appel | Sep 25, 2017 7:58 am | Comments (16)
Isidor Juda was on a train bound for Nazi death camps when miraculously it slowed down. He leapt off and escaped. Three uncles, three aunts and two cousins weren’t as lucky. Sunday, decades later, he said the prayer for the dead for them at a memorial gravesite in New Haven.
Continue reading ‘The Last Survivors Say Kaddish’
by Paul Bass | Aug 4, 2017 8:00 am
A 1980s-era, guitar-god concert at the old New Haven Coliseum featuring Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughn helped propel a then-teenaged boy toward a musical career of his own — and, eventually, an intertwined Jewish spiritual quest.
Continue reading ‘Lazer Lloyd Flies Home From A New Universe’
by Paul Bass | Jun 14, 2017 1:45 pm
Jewish women in New Haven started plunging into purification waters more than a century and a half ago and have continued to do so in different non-descript locations. But where, and when?
David S. Fischer was determined to find out.
Continue reading ‘Dr. Fischer Follows The Ritual Baths Trail’