Smadar Livne

Smadar Livne is ready to be in person in 5782

By Adam Reinherz After nearly a year and a half of being surrounded primarily by canvas and paint, Smadar Livne is excited to be back...
Rosh Hashanah with Uncle Max

New children’s books for the Jewish New Year: Kangaroos, Jonah and 2 guys named...

By Penny Schwartz Challah-eating Australian kangaroos, an adventurous cartoon retelling of the biblical story of Jonah and the welcome second-in-a-series chapter book about a young...
still from "The Meaning of Hitler"

A new documentary explores society’s fascination with Hitler

By Andrew Lapin “Is it possible to make a film like this without contributing to the Nazi Cinematic Universe?” This line of narration comes early in...
Woman reading a book on the beach

Staff picks: What we’re reading this summer

They say that great readers make great writers, and we at the JT like to think our writing is at least pretty good. Here’s...

Summer books roundup

If you look around right now, you might be thinking, “Wow. The weather is amazing, the streets are alive and it’s time for me...
Image of a shtetl

Filmmakers want to preserve an acre-sized shtetl built for a WWII film

By Cnaan Liphshiz In the woods of northern Ukraine, construction workers have built an island in time: a shtetl. That’s the Yiddish word for the type...
Carrie Mannino

‘It Couldn’t Happen Here’ chronicles Pittsburgh in shooting aftermath

By Justin Vellucci On Oct. 27, 2018, Pittsburgher Carrie Mannino watched the white supremacist attack at the Tree Of Life building unfold in a series...
Jessica Anya Blau

Jessica Anya Blau writes about rock ‘n’ roll in Roland Park

A new coming-of-age novel takes inspiration from 1970s Baltimore By PJ Feinstein Jessica Anya Blau might not have written “Mary Jane,” her new coming-of-age novel, if...
Tom Dugan in "Tevye in New York"

‘Tevye in New York’ imagines the famous ‘Fiddler’ hero’s life beyond Anatevka

By Tom Tugend The last time we saw Tevye the Milkman on Broadway in “Fiddler on the Roof” was in 2016, escaping Anatevka as a...
scene from Human Factor

U.S. diplomats reveal ‘Human Factor’ that fueled, foundered ‘90s peace talks

By Michael Fox Just as we never tire of the saga of the Titanic, so we are drawn to the catastrophe of Israeli-Palestinian relations and...