Howard Shapiro


The Last Row-House Shul in Philly

By Howard Shapiro

The Last Row-House Shul in Philly
Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel is the last row-house synagogue in South Philadelphia. Once near death, it now is being lovingly revived.Read More


Chefs Face Off in Battle To Reinvent Bubbe Fare

By Howard Shapiro

Chefs Face Off in Battle To Reinvent Bubbe Fare
What would bubbe do? Infuse her matzo-ball soup with truffles and leeks? Prepare her brisket in red wine, then serve it on a puree of sweet potatoes, topped with pickled pearl onions and accompanied with a dollop of tzimmes?Read More


Roll Your Own Montreal Bagels — In Philly

By Howard Shapiro

Roll Your Own Montreal Bagels — In Philly
The humble bagel is a staple of Western Jewish culture, but what most of us know about it amounts to little more than a shmear. After all, bagels are generally something we buy, not bake.Read More


Struggling To Survive

By Howard Shapiro

Struggling To Survive
Many small American cities once had thriving Jewish communities. Now, populations are dwindling and congregations are in danger of dying.Read More


Conducting Crowds to the Beat of His Grandparents

By Howard Shapiro

Conducting Crowds to the Beat of His Grandparents
Michael Tilson Thomas’s grandmom had trunks in her basement. A lot of our grandmothers had stuff stacked away. But our grandmoms were not Bessie Thomashefsky. “When I used to go visit my grandmother at her apartment in Hollywood, she had trunks in her basement and that was a special treat,” said Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of Miami Beach’s New World Symphony, which he founded. In her basement, his grandmother “would open up these trunks, and inside them there were various costumes and scripts and photos and all these things that had been part of her life.”Read More



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