Aliza Phillips


Meet the Next Iman, Israel’s Hottest Model Citizen

By Aliza Phillips

In Israel, Esti Mamu stands out in a crowd — especially when the crowd is made up of the country’s top models. For while British-born Naomi Campbell and Somalia-native Iman long ago set a new standard of beauty in the American and European fashion industry, black models like Mamu are still largely invisible on the Israeli scene.Mamu, aRead More


In War Time, Talking to Kids About the Shoah

By Aliza Phillips

In a meeting to discuss this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations, the staff psychologist of the Rashi School in Newton, Mass., told the Reform day school’s teachers to “remember that we are in a different world,” according to Shlomit Lipton, Rashi’s interim head.Talking to children about the Holocaust is never easy. ButRead More


Reading of Noah, Artists, Holidays And Einstein, Too

By Aliza Phillips

The Haggada may be Passover’s great book, but it’s not the only great thing to read this season. The start of spring brings with it a new stash of stories for all your bundles of joy.For the younger set, children’s publishing giant Scholastic gives us “The Animals Went in Two by Two: A Noah’s Ark Pop-up Book” by Jan Pienkowski, aRead More


As Golda, Tovah Feldshuh Mothers a Nation

By Aliza Phillips

After decades in show business, Tovah Feldshuh may be ready to answer a question the Bard long ago posed: What’s in a name?The award-winning actress — currently portraying Golda Meir off-Broadway in William Gibson’s “Golda’s Balcony,” which opened this week at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater — was born not Tovah, but Terry Sue.SheRead More


The Tears of a Clown Inspire a Dark Tale of Suburbia

By Aliza Phillips

PARK CITY, Utah — In “Capturing the Friedmans,” a documentary about a middle-class Jewish family come undone, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki uses ordinary memorabilia — home video clips, snapshots — to tell an extraordinary tale.Here is the family of five visiting a farm in New Jersey, celebrating Chanukah, swimming at the shore. Here they areRead More



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