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JRelease is a press release service of AJPA. Our goal is to provide the timely distribution of press releases to all AJPA members. AJPA publications represent an ideal forum for companies and organizations to announce important developments and news. JRelease is the ideal resource for clients who wish to reach the Jewish press and through it the wider Jewish community.

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  • September 17, 2021 12:00 PM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    ‘Tango Shalom’ Theatrical Expands Across US As Demand And Momentum Build

    “The improbable story has become the little interfaith family comedy dance film that could.” – Original Cin

    “Admirers of the film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ will notice some of the same ethnic complications and sheer joy of living running through ‘Tango Shalom.’ That is no coincidence since Joel Zwick, who directed ‘Greek Wedding,’ also produced ‘Tango.’”
    – The Jewish Journal

    Los Angeles, CA (September 17, 2021) –  Tango Shalom’s strong interfaith and positive message of family, tolerance, and inclusion is resonating with Jewish and secular audiences and critics across the country. The multi-award-winning, Joel Zwick produced dance comedy, is expanding into areas with predominantly Jewish demographics, including Palm Springs, CA, Long Island, New York, and opening anew in South Florida and Scottsdale, AZ.

    Tango Shalom was filmed on the streets of Crown Heights and had unprecedented access to “770,” the center of the Chabad-Lubavitch world movement and considered to be an iconic site in Judaism. The film was directed by Gabriel Bologna, son of Renée Taylor and the late Joseph Bologna. The elder Bologna also co-wrote and produced the film with brothers Jos and Claudio Laniado of Convivencia Forever Films. Co-produced by Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks franchise), Zizi Bologna, and celebrity choreographer Jordi Caballero.

    TRAILER:  https://youtu.be/R6w9qkvKca8

    Starring Lainie Kazan, Renée Taylor, Karina Smirnoff, Joseph Bologna, Jos and Claudio Laniado, Bern Cohen and Judi Beecher.

    This fable explores how an Orthodox Rabbi solicits input from various religious leaders and friends to enter a tango competition while remaining true to his religious code. For more information and the full-list of awards, accolades and endorsements, please visit tangoshalommovie.com. Press kits available upon request.

    Los Angeles-area theaters include The Landmark Westside Pavilion (where Jordi Caballero, Tango Shalom’s producer and choreographer, Judi Beecher, co-lead, and Director of Photography Massimo Zeri, will be attending a screening on Sunday, September 19 at 1:30pm PT with a Q&A to follow), Laemmle Town Center 5 Encino and Newhall, Regal Irvine Spectrum, Regency Theatres Rancho Niguel, AMC Thousand Oaks, Promenade Woodland Hills, Burbank 8, and the AMC Rolling Hills where immediately following the 4:30pm PT showing, Tango Shalom producer and editor Robert Meyer Burnett and music and sound designer Steve Yeaman will be available to discuss the film.

    Palm Springs theaters include Tristone Palm Desert 10, Regal Palm Springs, and Mary Pickford 14 Cathedral City where on Sunday, September 18, co-stars Renée Taylor, Lainie Kazan, and director Gabriel Bologna will make a special appearance after the 1:10pm PT screening, including a Q&A and meet-and-greet.

    New York theaters include Kew Gardens 6, Malverne 5, Manhasset Triplex, and AMC Raceway 10, Palisades 21 West Nyack, and Kips Bay in New York City where the film’s line producer Ari Taub will be hosting a special Q&A after the Saturday 3:15pm ET screening.

    Miami-area theaters include AMC Aventura, AMC Sunset Place South Miami, CMX Dolphin 24, Magnolia Place Stadium 16 Coral Springs, Regal UA Falls, South Beach Stadium 18, and Silverspot Cinema Downtown.

    The Shea 14 is the first theater to release in Scottsdale, AZ.

    About Vision Films

    Vision Films is a leading independent sales and VOD aggregator specializing in the licensing, marketing, and distribution of over 800 feature films, documentaries, and series from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Led by Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films releases 2-4 films a month across Theatrical, VOD, DVD, and television platforms. visionfilms.net

    Media Inquiries

    For media inquiries, please contact Andrea McKinnon at andrea@amckpr.com.

    Disclaimer: JRelease is a press release service of AJPA. AJPA does not endorse and cannot vouch for material distributed by this service.
  • August 23, 2021 5:01 PM | Jessica Painter (Administrator)

    Vision Films To Release Award-Winning Dance Comedy ‘Tango Shalom’ With Exclusive LA and NY Theatrical Release

    The Joel Zwick Produced Film Is An Interfaith Milestone Promoting A Timeless Message of Peace, Tolerance, and Love

    LOS ANGELES, August 23, 2021 -- Vision Films, Inc. (“Vision”) announces the exclusive theatrical release of the interfaith dance comedy film Tango Shalom that is racking up film festival accolades and endorsements from diverse religious leaders as well as Jewish and other interfaith organizations from around the world. The film is a true family-friendly romp that has viewers of all ages up on their feet dancing. The film will open on September 3 in Los Angeles and New York following a red-carpet event on September 1 in Los Angeles. It will also be released on all major streaming and cable platforms, and on DVD, October 29. From the director who brought you My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this fable includes Golden Globe® Nominee Lainie Kazan together again with lifelong friend and colleague, Oscar®-nominated Renée Taylor.

    Tango Shalom was a uniquely joint collaboration with The Vatican, a Hasidic Synagogue, a Mosque, and a Sikh Temple, promoting a very timely, and timeless, message of peace, tolerance, and love in these fraught times.

    The film is showing at numerous Jewish film festivals, including San Diego (CA), Charlotte (NC), Sacramento (CA), Miami (FL), JFILM Pittsburgh (PA), JCC Chicago (IL), Wilmington (NC), Boca Raton (FL), JxJ Film (DC), Axelrod (NJ), Berkshire (MA), and Milwaukee (WI). It is also sweeping up awards at top festivals worldwide. Tango Shalom broke boundaries with many firsts, including being the first film to shoot at 770, the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic Movement in Crown Heights Brooklyn (NY), seat of the most revered Rabbis in modern Jewish history.

    The film is directed by Gabriel Bologna, son of Renée Taylor and the late Joseph Bologna (My Favorite Year, Blame It On Rio, Big Daddy, Lovers and Other Strangers). The elder Bologna also co-wrote and produced the film with the Laniado brothers, Jos and Claudio, Convivencia Forever Films. Co-produced by Joel Zwick, Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks franchise), Zizi Bologna, and Jordi Caballero. The dance sequences, representative of different styles and cultures, were choreographed by Caballero who has worked with Madonna, The Spice Girls, and served as Supervising Choreographer for Dancing With The Stars.

    TRAILERhttps://youtu.be/R6w9qkvKca8

    Synopsis: When a female Tango dancer (Karina Smirnoff) asks a Rabbi (Jos Laniado) to enter a dance competition, there's one big problem—due to his Orthodox beliefs, he's not allowed to touch her! Desperately in need of splitting the prize money to save his Hebrew school from bankruptcy, they develop a plan to enter the competition without sacrificing his faith. The bonds of family and community are tested one dazzling dance step at a time in this lighthearted fable.

    Lise Romanoff, CEO and Managing Director of Vision Films says, “Tango Shalom is a feel-good family movie with a goodwill message and what we all need, no matter your religion or culture. If we all were respectful and tolerant of each other, as the characters in the film are, the world would be a more peaceful place. We hope audiences enjoy the fanciful story, the humor, music, dancing, and star-studded cast.”

    Producer Joel Zwick shares, “It is a rare occurrence that a movie can attain the humor, the warmth and the inclusivity of 'Tango Shalom.'  Brilliantly directed by Gabe Bologna, I am excited to announce that this tender-hearted dance film makes its theatrical debut in New York and California September 3rd. I have been lucky in my career to have directed 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' and I anticipate a similar path for 'Tango Shalom.'"

    The film stars Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Don't Mess With The Zohan), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing With The Stars), Academy® and Emmy® Award-winner Renée Taylor (Adam Sandler's The Do Over, The Producers, CBS' The Nanny, How to Be a Latin Lover), Jos Laniado (Milcho Manchevski's Bikini Moon), Claudio Laniado (Mudbound), Bern Cohen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Judi Beecher (Taken 3, Family is Family, La Garconne).

    In Los Angeles, the film will open at The Landmark theater on Pico and The Town Center 5 in Encino. In New York, the film will open at the AMC Empire 25 and the Village East Cinema by Angelika. Soundtrack provided by Universal Music includes multiple Grammy® Award-winning Gordon Goodwin, Latin Grammy®-nominated Tango sensation Daniel Binelli, British chart-toppers Touch and Go, The Circolo S. Pietro del Vaticano Choir, as well as modern Klezmer bands Golem, The Burning Bush, and Barcelona Gypsy Klezmer Band. Score by Zoe Tiganouria and Zizi Bologna.

    For more information and the full list of awards, accolades and endorsements, please visit tangoshalommovie.com. Press kits available upon request.

    About Vision Films

    Vision Films is a leading independent sales and VOD aggregator specializing in the licensing, marketing, and distribution of over 800 feature films, documentaries, and series from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Led by Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films releases 2-4 films a month across Theatrical, VOD, DVD, and television platforms. visionfilms.net

    Media Inquiries

    For media inquiries, please contact Andrea McKinnon at andrea@amckpr.com

    Disclaimer: JRelease is a press release service of AJPA. AJPA does not endorse and cannot vouch for material distributed by this service.

  • April 06, 2021 9:00 AM | Laura Herring (Administrator)



    Association for Jewish Studies Announces 2020 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award Winners

    (NEW YORK, NY, April 2021) The Association for Jewish Studies has announced the 2020 winners of the Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards.

    Since 2008, these prestigious annual awards recognize and promote scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing. Winners receive a $10,000 prize and finalists receive a $2,000 prize.

    Winners and finalists are recognized for books in four categories:

    Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Jewish History & Culture in Antiquity

    Winner: Lynn Kaye (Brandeis University) for Time in the Babylonian Talmud: Natural and Imagined Times in Jewish Law and Narrative (Cambridge University Press)
    Finalist: Edward L. Greenstein (Bar-Ilan University) for Job: A New Translation (Yale University Press)

    Jews and the Arts: Music, Performance, and Visual

    Winner: Karen B. Stern (Brooklyn College) for Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity (Princeton University Press)
    Finalist: Ruthie Abeliovich (University of Haifa) for Possessed Voices: Aural Remains from Modernist Hebrew Theater (SUNY Press)

    Modern Jewish History and Culture: Europe and Israel

    Winner: Joshua Teplitsky (Stony Brook University) for Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History’s Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library (Yale University Press)
    Finalist: Alyssa Quint (YIVO) for The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater (Indiana University Press)

    Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore

    Winner: David S. Koffman (York University) for The Jews’ Indian: Colonialism, Pluralism, and Belonging in America (Rutgers University Press)
    Finalist: Sarah Willen (University of Connecticut) for Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins (University of Pennsylvania Press)

    The 2021 Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards will begin accepting submissions later this spring in the categories of Jewish Literature & Linguistics; Medieval & Early Modern Jewish History & Culture; Philosophy & Jewish Thought; and Modern Jewish History and Culture: Africa, Americas, Asia, and Oceania.

    This book award program is made possible by funding from Jordan and Arlene Schnitzer through the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Family Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.

    The Association for Jewish Studies is the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide, with more than 2,000 members in 33 countries. The mission of the AJS is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public.

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    If you would like more information about the Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards or the Association for Jewish Studies, please contact Amy Ronek at (917) 606-8249 or aronek@associationforjewishstudies.org.

    Disclaimer: JRelease is a press release service of AJPA. AJPA does not endorse and cannot vouch for material distributed by this service.
  • March 23, 2021 9:00 AM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

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    Association for Jewish Studies Offers Opportunity to Learn with World’s Top Jewish Studies Scholars

    Spring Courses in Race & Antisemitism by Marc Dollinger & Pamela Nadell

    (NEW YORK, NY, March 2021) The Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the launch of AJS Academy, which offers online courses with the world’s top Jewish Studies scholars.

    This launch comes as part of the organization’s larger efforts to share Jewish Studies work and research with the wider public. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the AJS has seen growing interest in distance learning and is using this moment to grow its current public program offerings and reach more audiences all over the globe. Besides AJS Academy, those public engagement efforts include the Adventures in Jewish Studies podcast series, an online and in-person lecture series, and Arts and Culture Community Grants.

    The inaugural courses offered through AJS Academy will be taught by Marc Dollinger, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University and Pamela Nadell, the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University.

    Dr. Dollinger’s course will examine Jews and race in United States history and the civil rights movement, while Dr. Nadell’s course will consider the long history of antisemitism in the United States.

    The spring courses are:

    Jews, Race, and the US Civil Rights Movement
    taught by Marc Dollinger, PhD
    4 Mondays at 7 p.m. EDT beginning April 5

    Antisemitism and the American Past
    taught by Pamela Nadell, PhD
    3 Tuesdays at 12 p.m. EDT beginning April 27

    Courses are open to the public, and Friends of the AJS Benefactors are invited to attend for free.

    To learn more about AJS Academy and register, please visit associationforjewishstudies.org/academy.

    AJS Academy is made possible by funding from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

    The Association for Jewish Studies is the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide, with more than 2,000 members in 33 countries. The mission of the AJS is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public.

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    If you would like more information about AJS Academy or to interview either of the instructors, please contact Amy Ronek at (917) 606-8249 or aronek@associationforjewishstudies.org.

    Disclaimer: JRelease is a press release service of AJPA. AJPA does not endorse and cannot vouch for material distributed by this service.
  • March 17, 2021 9:00 AM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    Yiddish Theatre Ensemble Presents… God of Vengeance (Got Fun Nekome)
    An artful online video adaptation of Sholem Asch’s groundbreaking 1906 Yiddish play
    Directed by Bruce Bierman / English translation by Caraid O'Brien

    Streaming Saturday, March 20 thru Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    Tickets ($18 - $54): klezcalifornia.org/yiddish-theatre-ensemble • www.Eventbrite.com

    For Immediate Release:

    Berkeley, CA… The Yiddish Theatre Ensemble (YTE) planned on presenting the English language translation of the 1906 controversial Yiddish play God of Vengeance (Got Fun Nekome) by Sholem Asch in September 2020 at a theater in Berkeley, California but had to halt production due to the pandemic. Dedicated to this endeavor, YTE devised an innovative approach to presenting theater during this unprecedented time. The play will now be mounted on Vimeo on March 20-23, 2021 as an artful video adaptation  with actors from around the country. Due to COVID restrictions, the actors were rehearsed and filmed on Zoom in full character and costume from their respective locations.  (The cast was never actually in the same room together).

    The multi-cultural, multi-generational and diverse LGBTQ cast of 17 actors, many of whom had never spoken a word of Yiddish before, comes from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond (New York and Las Vegas) and includes nonagenarian veteran of stage, Naomi Newman, co-founder of The Traveling Jewish Theater. Local Treasure Naomi Newman: 90 Years Old and Still Acting

    As the play has been re-set in New York’s Lower East Side during the Depression, digital set designs (or backdrops) were added creating the 1930’s atmosphere with a distinct graphic novel style. The sets, designed by Production Designer, Jeremy Knight, of West Edge Opera, are inspired by photographs courtesy of the Tenement Museum collection with period costumes coordinated by Wardrobe Consultant, Suzanne Stassevich, formerly of San Francisco Opera. The play will be enhanced by an original score, by San Francisco Bay Area Klezmer musician, David Rosenfeld, anchoring the emotional voice of this evocative family drama. 

    This adaptation based on the English translation (but including some Yiddish language and idioms) by Caraid O'Brien stays close to the script with new interpretations of character portrayals and plot development. Themes explored include: issues of domestic violence, dignity and portrayal of sex workers, freedom of expression and acceptance of LGBTQ relationships. As with many of Asch’s plays, powerful female characters give voice and agency to women. The themes speak directly to the inequities of human and civil rights still being fought for today. The play is peppered with humor.

    ABOUT THE PLAY:

    God of Vengeance tells the story of a seemingly observant Jewish couple and their daughter Rivkeleh who live upstairs in their Lower East Side apartment during the Great Depression. Yankl and Soreh do their best to protect their only child from mixing with their bustling livelihood---a thriving 'brothel' business downstairs in the basement. Rivkeleh is at a marriageable age and plans for a future husband are being made.  She is ensured an attractive dowry when her father commissions a Torah scroll, worth thousands, to be written just for her.  Supposedly, the hand-written scroll is believed to protect her and keep her kosher. Meanwhile young Rivkeleh has fallen in love with Mankeh, one of his prostitutes and a tender relationship blossoms. Tensions mount and soon life upstairs and downstairs begin to entangle. As Yankl’s plans are threatened, he begins to unravel.

    The themes of this play are deep and resonate today: can money buy salvation, happiness, holiness? All are explored in this family drama story that has extraordinary tenderness, elements of Greek drama —and a bisl (little) Yiddish. — Laura Sheppard, Producer

    Audiences should know this is not, God forbid, a moralistic play! Sholem Asch himself said he didn’t care if he wrote a moral or immoral play. He only cared about writing a good play that had an impact and spoke to people. — Bruce Bierman, Director

    HISTORY:

    After the play’s opening in Berlin, God of Vengeance had tremendous success throughout Europe and was translated into many languages. Upon arriving in New York, it was first seen in Yiddish at the Provincetown Playhouse in the West Village. The 1923 production in English at the Apollo Theatre in New York was the first to portray a lesbian relationship in a sympathetic light and included the first lesbian kiss on Broadway. That production was assailed by members of the religious and cultural establishment and was charged with obscenity and shut down. The producer and company members were arrested and found guilty.

    The history of Asch and this play was inspiration for the 2015-2017 Tony award-winning Broadway production Indecent which was also seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for which Director Bruce Bierman served as Yiddish Dance Dramaturge. This production only scratched the surface of the original play. Yiddish Theatre Ensemble would like audiences to experience the power of the characters and immediacy today. Yiddish Theatre Ensemble is particularly interested in Sholem Asch because he was the first playwright to incorporate modernity into his plays, mirroring 20th century life in cities and towns rather than focusing on Biblical stories or folk tales of the past.

    ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

    Sholem Asch (1880–1957). Although he penned several of his 18 plays, shorts stories and novels in the US on New York City’s Lower East Side and at his home in Staten Island, Asch wrote only in Yiddish. Asch is often mentioned in the same breath as other modern Yiddish fiction writers like Sholem Aleichem and I.L. Peretz. The Polish-born author and playwright is the first Yiddish writer to be widely translated into English and to gain worldwide renown, and to have a bestseller in English (The Nazarene). The star literary contributor of the Yiddish newspaper, The Forward (Forverts) from 1915-1940 was the most widely reported and caricatured writer in the Yiddish press from 1915-1950.

    ABOUT YIDDISH THEATRE ENSEMBLE:

    Laura Sheppard, Producer and Bruce Bierman, Director, have collaborated for twelve years to create community-based productions in affiliation with fiscal sponsor KlezCalifornia. Their collaborations include the popular Yiddish musical Di Megileh of Itzik Manger, produced as part of the Jewish Music Festival (2014, 2015), as well as KlezCalifornia’s Cabaret by the Bay. Yiddish Theatre Ensemble is dedicated to producing the rich, rarely performed repertory of the Yiddish theater as well as new works by living artists.

    This production is part of the 40th Anniversary of the Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA), the nation’s acclaimed center for the preservation of Yiddish literature and culture and their Year of Translation. This production is fiscally sponsored by KlezCalifornia and supported in part by a Civic Arts Grant from the City of Berkeley.

    CAST/LEAD ACTORS: Roni Alperin -Yankl | Jill Eickmann - Soreh | Elena Faverio - Rivkeleh | Zissel Piazza - Mankeh | Simon Winheld - Shlomo | Esther Mulligan - Hindl | Naomi Newman - Reb Eli | Josiah Prosser - A Scribe | Rebekah Kouy-Ghadosh - Basha | Frances Sedayao – Rayzel

    Click here to view the production photos

    For Calendar Editors:

    WHAT: Yiddish Theatre Ensemble Presents… God of Vengeance
    An artful online video adaptation of Sholem Asch’s 1906 Yiddish play

    WHEN: Streaming from Saturday, March 20 @ 8:30pm through Tuesday, March 23 @ 11:30pm PST

    WHERE: Vimeo

    INFO: klezcalifornia.org/yiddish-theatre-ensemble

    TIX: $18, $36, $54
    ($54 tickets include a VIP Conversation with the actors on Zoom on Sunday, March 21 at 4pm)

    EventBrite.com

    klezcalifornia.org/yiddish-theatre-ensemble

    Contact: Lisa Geduldig
    lisag@igc.org

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  • March 15, 2021 9:00 AM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    The Great (Bar/Bat) Mitzvah Giveaway
    -Helping Families Save Money on Celebrations Through 2024-

    March 15, 2021, New York, N.Y.: Over 165 Bar/Bat Mitzvah vendors nationwide have teamed up with Mitzvah Market to offer post pandemic planning families substantial savings on their celebrations. The Great (Bar/Bat) Mitzvah Giveaway gives parents the opportunity to save thousands of dollars as they start to plan their 2021-2024 events. Mitzvah Market, a leading Bar/Bat Mitzvah media resource created this giveaway to support the Bar/Bat Mitzvah industry which has largely been shut down for a year. GMG provides industry experts free exposure to planning families while they offer post COVID savings.

    The pandemic stopped all big events including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs limiting them to Zoom Mitzvahs, drive-bys and small get togethers. The Great Mitzvah Giveaway will jump start the planning process for parents and connect them with experts ready to help with their simcha. Over 165 vendors are participating and offering savings on DJ services, favors, décor, invitations, photography and much more.

    “Although this past year has been tough for many, your child only turns 13 once and families want to celebrate this milestone,” explains Sheri Lapidus, Executive Director, Mitzvah Market. “We developed this program to help both families and vendors, after a year when both suffered.”

    The Great Mitzvah Giveaway is giving all event vendors a great way to restart their business.  It’s connecting us with families who are ready to start a conversation about their upcoming event,” says Todd Yahney, President, Todd Yahney Events. “Having these discussions now with prospective families gives them the best options and a chance to save money and brings new business our way.”

    Vendors from across the U.S. are participating in The Great Mitzvah Giveaway program, which launched March 1, 2021 on MitzvahMarket.com. Thirty-six lucky winning families will have the opportunity to hire participating businesses at a significant discount. There is no cost for families to enter and the deadline to participate is April 30, 2021. Winners will be randomly selected on May 7, 2021. Parents interested in participating should visit MitzvahMarket.com.

    About Mitzvah Market
    Mitzvah Market, a division of Davler Media is the largest and most authoritative resource on Bar/Bat Mitzvah planning. Featuring ideas and inspiration from our readers and vendors, since 2010, we connect Bar/Bat Mitzvah planning families with experts in the party planning industry. Thousands of families rely on our website and expertise to find unique ways of making their son/daughter’s special moment memorable. The Mitzvah Market division offers vendors a unique opportunity to connect with families at the time when parents are deep into the planning process.

    About Davler Media Group
    Davler Media Group is one of metropolitan New York’s leading specialty media companies serving parenting and tourism categories. Davler-Parents division consists of four brands NYMetroParents, Staten Island Parent, Mommybites and Mitzvah Market and is the largest local parenting media in the U.S. Each brand publishes content across magazines, websites, email newsletters, Facebook, Instagram and events. Cumulatively, our media reaches approximately 1,000,000 families monthly in the metropolitan area bringing them ideas about activities, resources and advice supporting the mission of “helping parents make better decisions.” Since 1982, City Guide has historically been New York City’s largest tourism media, publishing over 3,000,000 magazines that are distributed in Manhattan hotels. City Guide also has a full complement of digital products including cityguideny.com, Everything To Do NYC Facebook Group, This Week in the City e-newsletter and soon to be launched the ETD Pass.

    Contact: Sheri Lapidus
    sheri@mitzvahmarket.com
    516-445-2394

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  • February 19, 2021 9:00 AM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    NEW ORIGINAL PROGRAM, FOR THE LOVE OF OPERA: CELEBRATING RBG’S 88TH BIRTHDAY, FEATURES EAST AND WEST COAST PERFORMERS SINGING ARIAS IN HONOR OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S CAREER AND FAVORITE OPERAS

    Special Virtual Event Will be Available to Watch Both Live and On-Demand

    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (February 19, 2021) – On Monday, March 15, a new operatic event will showcase U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s favorite arias on what would have been her 88th birthday. 

    Presented by the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH), Opera Philadelphia, and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, For the Love of Opera: Celebrating RBG’s 88th Birthday will feature commentary as well as performances recorded this month in NMAJH’s Dell Theater and UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall. 

    A lifelong opera fan and advocate, Ginsburg often spoke publicly about her love for the art form. The plots of her favorite operas often paralleled her professional pursuit of justice. For the Love of Opera will feature arias from her favorite operas, including “Hai già vinta la causa” from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and “To this we’ve come” from Menotti’s The Consul.

    The program features performances by Joshua Blue (tenor), Norman Garrett (baritone), Michelle Rice (soprano), and Ashley Marie Robillard (soprano), with instrumental accompaniment by Stephen Karr (piano) and Grant Loehnig (piano). 

    Remarks and reflections will be offered by Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera, UCLA; Lawrence Brownlee, operatic tenor and artistic advisor to Opera Philadelphia, who shared the stage with Justice Ginsburg in Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment at Washington National Opera (WNO) in 2016; and Francesca Zambello, the WNO’s stage director and artistic director.

    In 2019, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a longtime member of NMAJH, became the 21st inductee into the Museum’s Only in America Gallery/Hall of Fame. She accepted the honor in person at the Museum during a ceremony that included a performance of Abscheulicher! ... Komm Hoffnung, Leonore’s aria from Beethoven’s Fidelio, by WNO soprano, Alexandria Shiner, one of the Justice’s favorite young performers. NMAJH was the first East Coast venue for the special exhibition about the legendary Jewish Justice, called Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in late 2019, which was created and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. 

    “In Jewish culture, when a person passes away, we say ‘May Their Memory Be a Blessing’,” said NMAJH CEO, Dr. Misha Galperin. “In that spirit, we look to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg through her favorite art form in partnership with two exceptional organizations, Opera Philadelphia and the Lowell Milken Center.” 

    For the Love of Opera will also highlight operas that deal with legal issues, justice, and equality — such as Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Menotti’s The Consul — and those with strong, independent female characters like Despina in Mozart’s Cosî Fan Tutte.

    “We are honored to partner with NMAJH and the Lowell Milken Center to share this tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg with opera lovers across the country, highlighting not just her favorite arias, but her commitment to justice and equality,” said Opera Philadelphia General Director & President David B. Devan. 

    “Justice Ginsberg was the embodiment of the biblical precept, ‘Justice, justice shall you pursue’ (Deut. 16:20). While her practice of justice likely stemmed from her identity as a Jew, her commitment to this principle was profoundly and universally applied. We also recognize her love of opera and music as an expression of her deep connection to all of humanity, as music is a universal language,” shared Mark Kligman, Director of the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. “Participating in this collaboration to celebrate her life and legacy ensures that her memory will always be for a blessing.”

    Program
    “Una furtiva lagrima”
    from L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti 

    “O mio babbino caro”
    from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini

    “Hai già vinta la causa”
    from Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart 

    “In uomini, in soldati”
    from Così fan tutte by Mozart

    “Pst, pst, Nannetta....”
    from Falstaff by Verdi 

    “To this we've come”
    from The Consul by Menotti 

    “Make Them Hear You”
    from Ragtime by Flaherty

    How to Watch
    On Monday, March 15, at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET, For The Love of Opera will air via Facebook Live on the NMAJH Facebook page, the Opera Philadelphia Facebook page, and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience and The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Facebook pages, with a limited number of Zoom slots also available. This special production will be available on-demand after the event on the above Facebook pages, NMAJH’s website, and on the Opera Philadelphia Channel.

    Visit https://www.nmajh.org/events/for-the-love-of-opera/ to learn more.

    Download High-Resolution Photos and Credits

    ABOUT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY
    Established in 1976, and situated on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience. NMAJH presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire. https://nmajh.org/virtual-museum 

    ABOUT OPERA PHILADELPHIA
    Opera Philadelphia, the only American finalist for both the 2016 International Opera Award for Best Opera Company and the 2020 International Opera Award for Best Festival, is “the very model of a modern opera company” (Washington Post). Committed to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century, the company is “one of American opera’s success stories” (New York Times).The company is in the midst of a digital season on the Opera Philadelphia Channel, which creates a digital space in which artists can perform and explore, through a series of new commissions by visionary composers and dynamic performances produced for the screen. Season subscriptions priced at $99 are offered along with pay-per-view rental options for individual performances. The channel is available for viewing on computers and mobile devices, and on TV screens via Chromecast and the Opera Philadelphia Channel app on AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV. For more information, visit operaphila.tv.

    ABOUT THE LOWELL MILKEN CENTER FOR MUSIC OF AMERICAN JEWISH EXPERIENCE AT THE UCLA HERB ALPERT SCHOOL OF MUSIC
    Established by a gift from philanthropist Lowell Milken in 2020, the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience is dedicated to exploring American Jewish music through research, publications, performance, educational programming and community engagement in Los Angeles and beyond. The Lowell Milken Center builds upon the activities of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music, established at UCLA in 2017, to expand the reach of the Milken Archive and its vast holdings of recordings, scores and historical materials to students, scholars and the public. With the establishment of the Lowell Milken Center, American Jewish music has its first permanent dedicated academic home, allowing it to expand the reach of its scholarship and performance through academic offerings, public programs, concerts and recordings. Committed to expanding audiences for this music beyond the UCLA campus, much of the programming happens through partnerships with local, national and international organizations, and features artists from UCLA and around the world. For more information, please visit: schoolofmusic.ucla.edu/lowellmilkenmaje.

    Media Contacts:

    Sarah Maiellano, NMAJH
    T: (267) 598-5401; sarah@broadstreetcomms.com

    Frank Luzi, Opera Philadelphia
    T: 215.893.5902; luzi@operaphila.org 

    Jeremy Broekman, Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
    T: (818) 212-9201; jeremy@broekmancomm.com


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  • February 15, 2021 9:00 AM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    JWV Celebrates 125th Anniversary

    The Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. (JWV) celebrates its 125th anniversary on March 15, 2021. The organization started with a group of 63 Civil War veterans who gathered in New York on that date in 1896 to form the Hebrew Union Veterans Association.

    Since 1896, the HUVA, which eventually became JWV, has played a role in national and international events in the support of the military, veterans, Israel, and the Jewish community at large.

    Whether holding the first boycott of Nazi Germany in 1933, raising more than $250 million for the war effort in the 1940s, advocating for the U.S. to recognize the state of Israel, or fighting against anti-Semitism, JWV has been at the forefront. Today we continue to serve the nation as the oldest, continuously active veterans service organization.

    JWV has grown to include either Posts or Departments in dozens of state and most large cities in the country.

    JWV will also host this year’s Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2021.

    For information on how to contact our National Commander or someone in your area for more on this milestone anniversary, or how JWV helps in your community, please contact our Public Relations Coordinator Cara Rinkoff at (202) 265-6280 ext. 413 or crinkoff@jwv.org.

    About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
    Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is the oldest active veterans’ organization in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on news, veterans’ issues, and happenings within JWV.


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  • January 28, 2021 9:00 AM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    Launch of Judaism on Demand Platform Creates a Hub and Marketplace for All Things Jewish


    Jewish Online Community platform serves unaffiliated and Interfaith Jewish individuals/families with direct-to-consumer resources, access to community and learning opportunities


    January 27, 2021 - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Florida-based Jewish start-up MyPersonalJudaism.com officially launched its online portal doors for Jewish educators, clergy, spiritual leaders and community partners aimed at serving unaffiliated and Interfaith families within the Jewish community. Having just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign with 80+ backers raising $25,000 in its first round of capital, MyPersonalJudaism is focusing on building resource infrastructure and curated content, and is set to launch to the public this February, 2021.

    The portal community has achieved early success in attracting Jewish professionals and organizations that serve and seek to provide self directed Jewish and Interfaith families to find, browse, compare, and access a myriad of choices for engagement, learning, and resources for how to celebrate a Jewish life, including milestone events in the digital age, and especially in times of Covid.

    “Today, we believe the Jewish Community is the real winner here,” shares visionary founder Debbi Ballard. “We set out to create opportunities for under-publicized Jewish professionals to find an advertising/marketing medium, a vehicle for business development, and a major new connection tool to build community for so many Jewish/interfaith families who otherwise would not find these amazingly talented, valuable people and resources.”

    For the professional, MyPersonalJudaism is the first directory and portal where independent Jewish professionals can reach unaffiliated Jewish families and individuals who can hire their services for a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, funeral or special event, or to access online programming around the world. While competitors have wonderful resources, share information and make clergy referrals based on geo-specific and traditional needs, MyPersonalJudaism serves all denominations across all levels of observance with an open-minded, accepting, nurturing, and supportive attitude towards Jewish connection.

    “As the Chuppah is open on all sides..to welcome all family and friends… in the way Abraham and Sarah’s Big Tent was open… Cantor Debbi’s vision calls us to provide the biggest tent yet… to invite and welcome in those worldwide unaffiliated and disconnected… online, offline, and in line with the richness of our tribal wisdom and spiritual heritage. Yasher Koach, Kol Kavod” shares Cantor Marc Bacharac.

    For the self-directed seeker, it is important to note that MyPersonalJudaism creates a connection to Jewish community with no barriers for the professional and community alike. As a true, unifying online community, MyPersonalJudaism is the first of its kind gathering place for all unaffiliated, interfaith, biracial, multi-ethnic, same gender, LGBTQ, transgender and binary communities to find Jewish community professionals for their self-initiated, self-directed, values-driven, home-based Jewish experience. We help connect and refer to our associated Jewish professionals, clergy and leaders, who may not have received ordination from traditional programs, but are strong, qualified, caring, giving and creative spiritual guides.

    Sarah DeWoskin, Founder Lev Children’s Museum, shares, “This forming of a collaboration between various facets of Jewish engagement opens the door to endless possibilities. It is so important that we offer families vehicles to, literally and figuratively, meet them where they are and help guide them along their Jewish journeys.”

    As a successful spiritual leader serving the Unaffiliated Jewish population over the last 20 years, Cantor Debbi Ballard understands what unaffiliated Jewish families are seeking and the void in the marketplace. “Today, less than 20% of Jews in the United States are affiliated with a traditional house of worship.  This means 80% of the Jewish population does not have a spiritual home. The religiously “disconnected” population is growing exponentially, but people still want access to resources, community, and educational content because their Jewish foundation is important.”

    According to Pew Research, the ‘religious unaffiliated’ is overall the fastest growing segment of the religious population today. The number of people who now seek out self-directed “concierge-style” Jewish services is rising exponentially, as a result of the popularity of the “on-demand” services we have access to in our secular lives. Those that have left structured, force-fed ceremonial experiences seek out inclusive communities with customized, personalized options.  While many no longer value the ideals of local membership, outdated ceremonies, and inflexible leadership, the number of self-directed resources  has grown exponentially to meet this rising demand, creating do-it-yourself lifecycle events, learning and experiences, taking people far outside the congregation and into their own personal communities.

    About My Personal Judaism

    Founded in 2020, MyPersonalJudaism.com is an online community innovating Jewish inclusivity and community connection by connecting independent Jewish professionals and unaffiliated Jewish families seeking spiritual guidance and Jewish identity, experience and milestone event facilitation. Our mission is to close the gap by providing inclusion, acceptance, and choice to self-directed, unaffiliated Jews looking for meaningful connections to Jewish community, resources, and personalized experiences beyond traditional means. Our vision is to create meaningful solutions and personalized Jewish experiences and connection, non-traditionally. For more information, please visit www.MyPersonalJudaism.com.

    Media inquiries, please contact Jeremy Broekman, (818) 212-9201,
    Jeremy@broekmancomm.com or founder Debbi Ballard directly at (954) 850-0453, Debbi@MyPersonalJudaism.com


     



     

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  • January 27, 2021 9:00 AM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

    CEEOL Press presents a new book

    Recipes for a New Beginning

    Transylvanian Jewish Stories of Life, Hunger, and Hope
    by Kinga Júlia Király


    January 26, 2021 - Having realized that, with the exception of cholent and flódni (a Jewish multilayered poppy-seed pastry), she knew nothing about Transylvanian Jewish cuisine, Kinga Júlia Király set out on a three-year project to fulfill her own cravings for authentic flavors—but, more profoundly, to learn about prewar recipes and customs and to find out what remained of kosher households in Northern Transylvania. She conducted some three hundred hours of participant-observer interviews, sometimes spiced with cooking sessions, with ten survivors who had experienced the Holocaust as teenagers or children. At the heart of Kinga Júlia Király’s work are the simplest things, the minutiae of everyday life. Tiny details, which, in the recording, are transformed into something of huge significance. She created handholds of remembrance for the last surviving members of a minority.

    Keywords: Holocaust; Jewish cuisine; oral history; Central and Eastern Europe, history; WWII

    About the author:

    Kinga Júlia Király is a writer, literary translator, and playwright. She graduated in dramaturgy from the University of Arts in her hometown (Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureș). She is a translator and interpreter of Italian literature. She has published several volumes of dramas, novels, and short stories. The Hungarian edition of Recipes for a New Beginning [Az újrakezdés receptjei] was published by Mentor Könyvek in 2018.

    Endorsement:

    How do the senses remember? What begins as a conversation about food, followed by cooking what is recalled, sometimes only vaguely, and then eating together, leads to the revelation of traumatic memories. Shining a light on ten elderly Holocaust survivors who were children or teenagers during the war and stayed in Transylvania after the war, this beautiful book brings together their stories, photographs, and food to reveal the power of the senses to bring forth an uneasy mix of culinary nostalgia and traumatic memory. The body is indeed an archive, and this book plumbs its depths in a deeply personal way.—Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator, Core Exhibition, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

    ISBN: 978-3-946993-90-2
    E-ISBN-13: 978-3-946993-89-6
    332 pages with more than 300 illustrations and 30 recipes
    $60 / €50

    Contact for review, interview with the author etc.:
    Krisztina Kos, Publisher 
    kriszta.kos@ceeolpress.com +36304036794

    Book information and orders:
    https://ceeolpress.com/book/13#gsc.tab=0
    https://www.ceeol.com/search/book-detail?id=916740
    https://www.amazon.com/Recipes-New-Beginning-Transylvanian-Stories/dp/3946993907/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=%22recipes+for+a+new+beginning%22&qid=1608546470&s=books&sr=1-1


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