Andrew Muchin

The ?Jewish Guys?: Leslie Singer, left, and Phil Kaplan.

Two Jewish Guys and an Arkansas Christmas Ritual

You don’t need flashing reindeer lawn ornaments to tell you it’s the happiest time of the year in Arkansas’s capital. Simply tune into FM 89 KUAR in December for the “Jewish Guys’ Chanukah Special,” with co-hosts Phil Kaplan and Leslie Singer.

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A Final Yom Kippur in the Delta for Mississippi Community Begun in 1830s

As the members of Temple Beth El in Lexington, Miss., pray this Yom Kippur for inclusion in the Book of Life, they’ll be attending a funeral of sorts. The Ne’ilah, the day’s traditional closing service, will be the last scheduled worship to be held in their 104-year-old white wooden synagogue.

'Rabbi' of Rumba

Before the Hip Hop Hoodios or the long-defunct Tijuana Brass added Latin rhythms to Yiddishe melodies, there was Irving Fields. The pianist who composed the 1946 hit “Miami Beach Rhumba” created the Latin-Jewish genre with the 1959 LP “Bagels and Bongos.”

Pioneers in the Black Hills

It’s doubtful that Calamity Jane loved Wild Bill Hickock as much as local lore alleges, but there’s no disputing that the tomboy gunslinger bought groceries from Jacob Goldberg on Main Street.

The Demise of a Small-town Business

Shlepping armloads of trousers to an empty rack, his face set with determination and a hint of joy, Steve Felix was working till the bittersweet end of Felix’s, his 101-year-old clothing store in this town of 4,500.

Jazzman Strikes a Chord at Community Programs

He has hung out with Dizzy Gillespie, played piano with the Rolling Stones, written three books, hosted national radio and television shows, co-run a jazz record label, produced albums by top jazz and pop performers and composed a Grammy-nominated film score. But what’s tickling Ben Sidran’s ivories these days

Campy Record: Reform Youth Group Compiles Five CDs of Singalongs

Back when the times they were a changin’, Reform Judaism stood at society’s political and social vanguard. Yet the movement’s religious framework remained 19th-century classical Reform — an attempt to achieve a more rational, modern Judaism by emphasizing decorum over fervor and eschewing many traditional rituals and customs.The approach

Could This Be Kosher HOG Heaven?

Jay Rubin straddled his Harley, checked the mezuza on the fuselage and rode the 800 miles from his Falls Church, Va., home to Milwaukee, scene of the Harley-Davidson Motor Co.’s centennial celebration over the Labor Day weekend.Rubin joined 200,000 riders for five days of concerts, bar-hopping and ear-splitting excursions around town. But as the

Sephardic Music Comes Out of the Shadows

More than faithfully reproducing centuries-old Sephardic melodies, an emerging group of American Jewish songwriters is developing a Jewish world-beat sound that includes Sephardic melodies and instruments, whether sung in Hebrew, English, Ladino (Sephardic Judeo-Spanish) or even Yiddish.In St. Louis, for example, Jewish Renewal Rabbi James Stone