May 10, 2016 |
PRINCETON - Tracy Letts' acclaimed, popular August: Osage County seems to have issued a challenge to American playwrights to create family dramas in which virtually every character is unsavory, yet somehow charmingly comic. Whether or not that was on Sharyn Rothstein's mind in her new play All the Days , which opened Friday at the McCarter Theatre, the script and its cast walked those fine lines with intermittent success. More serious elements of the play worked well but were buried amid so much middling-level humor that the play seemed unsure of what it needed to be. In this modern-day family scattered between Long Island and Philadelphia, everybody seems to have divorced each other literally or figuratively, but is thrown back together for a bar mitzvah.
February 25, 2016 |
During the weeks before our grandson Zay's December bar mitzvah six years ago, I was preoccupied with several things. I blush to admit one of them was whether the tapestry jacket I'd selected would work well for the Saturday service and luncheon. I worried about the endless details that go into planning these milestones. The one thing I didn't think about much was the weather. This was the Philadelphia area, after all, and it doesn't snow much in Philadelphia in December.
August 12, 2015 |
Jake Vistoso and his brother, Evan, both wear hearing aids, yet had trouble understanding the rabbi at their synagogue in Newtown. Since Jake had just turned 13, he wanted to tackle that auditory challenge for his bar mitzvah project. The answer was a "hearing loop" - a strand of wire hidden under the carpet of the sanctuary at Congregation Brothers of Israel. Jake helped raise more than $3,000 for the loop system, which transmits audio from the rabbi's microphone directly into most hearing aids.
July 30, 2015 |
When Peter Ryba, 89, opened the letter from a young stranger in the United States, the Australian businessman couldn't believe what he was reading. Are you related to Gregory Ryba, a young Jewish boy who perished during the Holocaust? the letter asked? Ryba was born in Berlin in 1926 to Polish parents. "We had a good life," he recalled. "We lived in an apartment and were financially doing OK - I had a governess and there was a maid. " In 1931, Ryba's little brother, Gregory, was born.
April 30, 2015 |
WHEN TATTLE was a kid, an over-the-top bar mitzvah party was one held at night - with steak. "Star Wars"-themed bar mitzvahs were a big deal. So were sports-themed. Sure, a boy was becoming a man, but he was still a boy. Now . . . Matt Murstein , the 13-year-old son of NYC rich guy Andrew Murstein , had his bar mitzvah party at Manhattan's swanky Pierre Hotel on Saturday night, and London's Daily Mail reports that the entertainment was . . . Nicki Minaj . Makes Tattle think that the snake in the Garden of Eden may have been an anaconda.
November 24, 2013 |
When Debbie and Bob Fleischman were considering where they might live as young marrieds, they surveyed the entire East Coast, looking for a city with vibrancy and culture - and a home in that city that was within walking distance of a synagogue. The couple, who met as Yale undergraduates, live Judaism fully and joyfully, and when they chose Philadelphia as their hometown in 1984, they also became affiliated with Beth Zion-Beth Israel Synagogue in Center City. Predictably, their first home was on Addison Street, near the synagogue.
June 7, 2012 |
Bartenders at Smith & Wollensky should be singing the Foo Fighters' "My Hero" about the band's frontman, Dave Grohl. We hear the former Nirvana drummer, who we reported stayed at the Rittenhouse while in town for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend, tipped $1,000 after having one drink on Friday night, and another $1,000 Saturday night when he had a few drinks. Ali attends bar mitzvah Muhammad Ali was in town last November for the funeral of Smokin' Joe Frazier, but it turns out the boxing legend was back in the area on April 28 for the bar mitzvah of his grandson Jacob Wertheimer at Rodeph Shalom on North Broad Street.
May 4, 2011
IN THE 1800s and early 1900s, immigrants poured into seaport cities like Philadelphia, and "they all would settle around where they arrived," including Jews, Italians, Irish and other groups, said Rabbi Fred Kazan. "In Philadelphia, they tended to be in South Philadelphia. Side by side were a synagogue, church, bar and bathhouses," said Kazan, who grew up around 5th and Federal and is rabbi at Kesher Israel, in Society Hill. "As the decades passed, those who were able tended to move south," he said.
March 22, 2011 |
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER About an hour into the lesson on Samson and the Philistines, the eighth- and ninth-grade boys talked about the power to fight anti-Semitism and how to stand up for themselves. "I had a situation where someone said, 'You're such a Jew,' " said Matthew Warner, 13, of West Chester. The eighth grader didn't just walk away. He responded, unafraid, telling the student to stop making derogatory remarks. The discussion about such exchanges came on a recent Sunday night at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Goshen Township.
January 17, 2011 |
TLC's "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro , brought a huge, jaw-dropping cake to the joint bar mitzvah of Cory and Lucas Fraiman on Saturday at Ice Works, in Aston. A camera crew was on hand for the event, at which Valastro ice skated with the boys, who are both in the neighborhood of 13 years old, and about a year-and-a-half apart. Their parents, Kara and Howard Fraiman , run the Ashley's Angels charity, which helps special-needs children. It's named after their late daughter, Ashley.