Sarah Breger


Comedy About Cancer? '50/50' Pulls It Off

By Sarah Breger

Comedy About Cancer? '50/50' Pulls It Off
Seth Rogen’s new film ‘50/50’ is a comedy about having cancer, which is enough to make any viewer squeamish. It is cynical and dark, but also a hilarious meditation on friendship.Read More


Q & A, Part II: Gil Marks Discusses His New "Encyclopedia of Jewish Food"

By Sarah Breger

Q & A, Part II: Gil Marks Discusses His New "Encyclopedia of Jewish Food"
Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Gil Marks, author of the new “Encyclopedia of Jewish Food,” first developed the food bug when his mother told him that if he was going to keep complaining about her food so much, he should just make his own. So he did, experimenting with old and new recipes, which after rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University and a foray as a guidance counselor, led him to found the Kosher Gourmet magazine in 1986.Read More


Q & A: Gil Marks Discusses His New "Encyclopedia of Jewish Food"

By Sarah Breger

Q & A: Gil Marks Discusses His New "Encyclopedia of Jewish Food"
It’s hard not to be awed by the new “Encyclopedia of Jewish Food” by Gil Marks. With over 650 entries about almost every Jewish food imaginable and 300 recipes, the elaborate book spans the mundane (almonds, spinach) to the foreign (manti, a Bukharan Purim dumpling). Marks fills his reference guide with history, stories and interesting asides from Jewish communities around the world.Read More


The Women of Israel's Hit TV Show 'Srugim'

By Sarah Breger

“Srugim,” the hit television series tracing the love lives of modern Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem, returned this past Sunday to the Israeli cable channel YES! The series — its name is derived from the knit yarmulkes favored by the dati le’umi or religious nationalist boys and men in Israel — has surprised even its creators by its immense popularity among secular Israelis. In the U.S., “Srugim” has developed a cult-like following among the modern Orthodox, who can equate life in the Jerusalem neighborhood Katamon (nicknamed “the bitzah” or the swamp) to life in the similarly religiously and romantically fraught Upper West Side of Manhattan.Read More



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