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Intimate Voices Solo and Ensemble Music of Jewish Spirit

Posted on June 25th, 2017
Milken Archive of Jewish Music
More intimate, more personal Jewish music — our Virtual Exhibit continues


Our virtual exhibit “Intimate Voices: Solo and Ensemble Music of Jewish Spirit” continues its multimedia exploration of Jewish chamber music, from its roots to its fully mature—and still evolving—art form. Drawing on Jewish traditions, rites and folklore, the included works use the medium to evoke history and push boundaries, all on an intimate scale, all with a personal connection.

Follow this musical journey from Jerusalem to Odessa, with works by:

  • Meyer Kupferman
  • Richard Wernick
  • Samuel Adler
  • Michael Shapiro
  • Leo Ornstein
  • Ofer Ben-Amots
  • Aaron Copland
  • Jan Radzynski

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Tony Award-winner Ben Platt’s journey from Camp Ramah to Broadway

Posted on June 18th, 2017
BY RENEE GHERT-ZAND for The Times of Israel    
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ star credits Conservative Judaism’s camping movement with helping him ‘decide for myself what kind of Jew I would be’


Ben Platt‘s Tony Award for best actor in a leading role in a musical on June 11 probably outstrips winning at color war at Camp Ramah in California. But those victories rank a close second for the openly and actively Jewish 23-year-old star of Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen.”

“Winning color war with the Adom (Red) Team was one of the biggest accomplishments of my whole life… I led Adom to Maccabiah victory… I’m proud of it, so I’m not going to stop talking about it,” Platt said in an interview at an April 2015 Camp Ramah alumni event in New York.

Platt, who grew up in Los Angeles, has performed professionally from age nine, with successes in films such as “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” and on stage in blockbuster shows like “The Book of Mormon.” However, it was his summers at the Jewish summer camp in Ojai, California, through his teen years that in many ways made him the person he is today.

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14 things you didn’t know about Gal Gadot

Posted on June 11th, 2017
By Nicky Blackburn for Israel21c


1. In Hebrew, Gal Gadot’s first name means “wave” and her surname means “riverbanks.”

2. Gal Gadot was born in Rosh Ha’ayin, and her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors.

3. At the age of 18, Gadot won the Miss Israel beauty pageant. She then went on to compete in Miss Universe in 2004, but was so reluctant to win that she turned up late for events, wore the wrong kind of evening wear, and even pretended that she couldn’t speak English.

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Film Premieres Just In Time For 50th Anniversary Of Six Day War

Posted on June 4th, 2017

By Jerry Bowyer for Forbes


Today is a big day for Jerusalem. On the heels of his visit to Saudi Arabia, delivering perhaps the most honest and challenging speech an American president has ever given in the Middle East, President Trump goes to Jerusalem. And during the whole trip, his wife and daughter appear in public without headscarves. Rumors swirl about whether Trump will announce, or at least hint at US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And all of this happens as we approach the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem's 'Old City' district during the Six Day War.

And right on cue, CBN releases a fascinating new film, In Our Hands, which presents the re-taking of Jerusalem in a docudrama form. The film goes to great effort for the sake of authenticity and accuracy, with dialogue based on actual news reels, letters and diary entries. The film was also compared to Michael Oren's authoritative history of the war for the purposes of accuracy.

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Behind the scenes with the cast and crew of ‘Genius' about Albert Einstein

Posted on May 28th, 2017
by Gerri Miller for FromtheGrapevine
New National Geographic miniseries reveals the story of the man often called the world's first international celebrity.


Known worldwide for his theory of relativity and the equation E = mc2, Albert Einstein is arguably the most famous scientist in history – and with his wild halo of hair, the most recognizable. But beyond the brilliant mind and distinctive mane, most people don’t know that much about him. That’s about to change with the premiere of “Genius,” a 10-part series that chronicles his scientific accomplishments but also paints a very personal portrait of a passionate man.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book “Einstein: His Life and Universe” and premiering April 25, “Genius” is National Geographic Channel’s first scripted series. It features A-list talent behind the scenes, with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard as executive producers (Howard also directed the first episode) and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush (“Shine”) sharing the role with Johnny Flynn as the young Einstein.

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