If you can survive Act I of Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “The People in the Picture,” which opened on April 28 at Studio 54, by the end of Act II you will witness one of the longest, schmaltziest onstage bedside-death scenes since Second Avenue’s Yiddish theater heyday. With book and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart **(author of nine novels, including “Beaches”) and music by **Mike Stoller and Artie Butler, this well-intentioned musical about a pre-World War II Warsaw Yiddish theater group of which the members survive the Holocaust gets farblondzhet, or goes seriously astray.
New York State’s highest court has agreed to hear arguments in a case aimed at shedding light on the failed prosecution of alleged Orthodox child molester Avrohom Mondrowitz.
Breathing a huge sigh of relief following some very close calls, Alabama’s Jewish community is mobilizing in response to a series of tornadoes that killed more than 250 people in the state and scores of others across the South.
Israel’s first large-scale foray into Holocaust-era Jewish property restitution is ruffling some feathers within the Jewish establishment and among Eastern European countries. The government of Israel, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel, recently announced the launch of Project HEART, the most robust attempt yet to document and pursue Jewish assets lost during World War II in Eastern Europe. Many of the losses were in Poland, which was home to Europe’s largest Jewish community before the Holocaust.10
One of the world’s largest and most valuable private Judaica libraries is up for sale, again.12
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