January 20, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA'S massive Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute to the heroic civil-rights leader's fight for racial equality will feature 135,000 volunteers working in 1,800 community projects today and a MLK-spirited "Black Lives Matter" protest march that organizers hope will draw 10,000 demonstrators. A diverse coalition of religious leaders, unions, students, parents and grass-roots community groups will gather at Philadelphia School District headquarters on Broad Street near Callowhill at 1:30 p.m. and move out for the 2 p.m. MLK Day of Action, Resistance and Empowerment (D.A.R.E.)
December 20, 2014 |
Hear ye, aspiring knights and ladies! On Saturday, the Brandywine River Museum is holding its Knights and Ladies in Training Family Programs. You can learn what it takes to become a knight or a fine lady by completing tasks of noble note. Visitors will decorate crowns, learn sword fighting techniques, and design a family coat of arms. Assignments will also require going on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. After completing the duties and workshop, newly fledged nobles will be recognized during a knighting ceremony.
October 26, 2014
An article Thursday about Rabbi Deborah Waxman's inauguration as the head of Reconstructionist Judaism gave the wrong location for the ceremony. It will take place at the National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
June 24, 2014
HER WORST childhood memory was of dogs eating dead bodies in the streets of her native Baghdad, Sara Abdulrasool tells me. Her worst childhood feeling was of being unsafe, subject to random car bombings or specific death threats from sectarian militias. Because of the sectarian violence, she prefers to identify herself as an "Iraqi Muslim," rather than either Shia or Sunni. As of Friday, she can identify herself as "an Iraqi- American Muslim" because she was one of 48 people from 24 countries to receive citizenship papers during a naturalization ceremony at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall.
November 7, 2013 |
What did the turkey say to the Maccabee? You think YOU got problems? Happy Thanksgivukkah! Nope, it's not yet another way to misspell Hanukkah. This holiday card greeting, written by Karen Coleman and sold at the National Museum of American Jewish History gift shop, was created for the once-in-a-lifetime (or, 700 lifetimes) phenomenon that has Thanksgiving and Hanukkah sharing the same table this month. Not only has the collision of menorahs and turkeys given rise to many a marketing opportunity - menurkeys, liberty & latke T-shirts, salutations ( Gobble tov!
August 23, 2013 |
Even now, 20 years after she left Ukraine as a refugee for religious freedom as a Jew in America, Yana Chernov's Russian accent ripples. At "Stories Worth Sharing," the first in a planned series of neighborhood conversations on immigration, held Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Chernov described the crib sheet she carried at first to make herself understood: "My name is Yana," she would say. "How can I get a bus?"...
June 25, 2013
"WITNESS: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" headlines Art Splash, a new, multishow, integrated, family-centric summertime exhibit at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Pinkney's work joins "Candy Coated Wonderland," an environment of textiles from the museum's costume collection, alongside playful ceramics and geometric decals by ever-fun Philadelphia artist Candy Depew. "Family Portrait" offers a photographic view of families, while "All Dressed Up" is a side-by-side comparison of adult and children's fashion.
February 24, 2013 |
Phyllis Foster Yusem, 87, of Center City, a founding member of the pioneering YM-YWHA Arts Council in Philadelphia, died Thursday, Feb. 21, after being hospitalized for pneumonia. Mrs. Yusem was an adventurous world traveler, visiting more than 75 countries, including Cambodia and Yemen. She was born in Cape May and moved to Merion in the 1930s. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's College for Women in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in English literature. While at Penn, she met her future husband, Howard R. Yusem.
January 27, 2013
Museumgoers will have the opportunity to brush up on a lot of dramatic American history around town this spring, with major exhibitions and events covering the Civil War, U.S. spycraft, the countercultural epicenter of 1968, the antilynching writer Ida B. Wells, and the black presence on the Delaware River - as both cargo and seafarers. In addition, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which originally blasted through town two years ago, is back for a month from the end of March to the end of April.