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Not your zaydie’s seder!

Not your zaydie’s seder!

Playwright Lisa Loomer feels she has given voice to “both sides” of the Israel-Palestinian conflict in her provocative play, “Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner,” playing in the DCPA’s Space Theatre through Feb. 19.

If you are someone who is so fervently supportive of Israel, that you cannot stand to hear anything “pro-Palestinian,” this play is not for you.

But if you are of the Rodney King “can’t-we-all-just-get-along” mindset, you will probably appreciate Loomer’s look at a Passover seder gone wrong, and the scourge of all the “isms” in today’s world that threaten to tear people apart rather than unite them.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 February 2012 13:13 )

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Park City adds kosher restaurant

Park City adds kosher restaurantPARK CITY, Utah — Kosher food isn’t something one generally associates with ski resorts, and Utah isn’t a place known for its Jewish population. But after Canyons, the state’s largest ski resort, opened the nation’s first ski-area glatt kosher restaurant this season, the Jews came. And ate. And were satisfied. “Response has been phenomenal,” said executive chef John Murcko, the vice president of food and beverage at Talisker Corp., which bought Canyons in 2008 and opened the ko...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 January 2012 10:15 )

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Israel’s Cedar hopes for another nod at Oscars

Israel’s Cedar hopes for another nod at OscarsLOS ANGELES — Joseph Cedar is on a pretty good run: The Israeli director has made four movies in his 11-year career, and the first three have represented his country at the Academy Awards for best foreign-language film. One made the cut of five finalists, but a Cedar film has yet to capture a golden statuette. In fact, no Israeli film has ever won an Oscar. Cedar and many of his countrymen are hoping that his fourth entry, “Footnote,” will prove to be the charm when nominations for the ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 January 2012 04:20 )

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Haber honored at Jewish Film Festival opening night

Haber honored at Jewish Film Festival opening nightTHE opening night of the 16th Denver Jewish Film Festival, showcasing a theme based on the recipient of MACC’s Cultural Achievement Award, will be Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at the JCC. This year’s cultural award recipient is Sharon Haber, an instrumental player in the film festival’s popularity. “Sharon is a dynamic force behind the success of the film festival,” says Roberta Bloom, director of the festival. “She is intelligent, funny and brings with her a diverse set of important ...
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Matisyahu rocks Boulder

Matisyahu rocks BoulderBOULDER — When Matisyahu, the 32-year-old chasidic reggae superstar, appeared onstage for the first time since shaving his trademark beard, no one in the audience at the Boulder Theater seemed surprised. The news of his shaving had been widely discussed since the star tweeted a photo of himself, along with a brief explanation for his cosmetic and philosophical changes. Though he was now missing the aesthetic hallmarks of chasidic Jewry, he still wore a yarmulke — a large, black-knitted ver...
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AJC urges Bolivian president to stem rising tide of anti-Semitism

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