Jewish Film Festivals carry on tradition

From the early days of Hollywood, films involving Jewish themes have been an integral part of the movie business. The first feature-length Hollywood “talkie” film, where both music and dialogue were on the filmstrip itself, was the 1927 film “The Jazz Singer.” The movie depicted a young man struggling over his decision between the stage…


A Desert Gathering of Diverse Musicians

The headliners for this year’s Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest, Chava Mirel, Nefesh Mountain and Todd Herzog, all have their own musical styles, but they are deeply connected through the spiritual power of music. Desert Gathering began in 2013 as a result of Todd Herzog’s Start Me Up! fellowship through Valley Beit Midrash with Rabbi…


Kristy Morcom: Discovering Judaism through genetics

Genes are tricky. They affect everything from your blood type to intelligence. More and more companies are offering genetic testing for everyday consumers to trace their ancestry and their vulnerability to specific diseases. Most days you don’t give genetics much thought. That is unless you are Kristy Morcom, who found out she was BRCA1 positive…


Ike Davis: ready to take the field

Ike Davis always believed he would be a professional athlete. He was an athletic child and participated in all sports. “I really enjoyed playing basketball, but you have to be really tall. I am tall – just not in a basketball sense,” says Ike. “I thought the farthest a sport could really take me would…


Billy Crystal has some tales to tell

Billy Crystal invites Phoenicians to sit down for an informal after-dinner conversation at the Symphony Hall February 19 as he spins stories from his multi-faceted life and career. The evening is part of the comedian/actor/director/author’s “Spend the Night with Billy Crystal” U.S. tour. Calling it a sit-down show, Billy says the audience will feel like…

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