Arts and Culture

Qu’est-ce qu’être Sépharade dans l’Israël d’aujourd’hui?

Par ELIAS LEVY En 2017, la présentation du documentaire The Ancestral Sin — Le péché ancestral —, réalisé par David Deri, à la télévision israélienne avait suscité un immense tollé.  En 2019, un autre documentaire sulfureux, Ma’abarot — Camps de transit —, œuvre de la réalisatrice Dina Ziv-Riklis, présenté aussi en début de soirée par … Continue reading “Qu’est-ce qu’être Sépharade dans l’Israël d’aujourd’hui?”

On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note

IDA HAENDEL: Dec. 15, 1928 – July 1, 2020. Violinist, Child Prodigy, Teacher By DAVID EISENSTADT Polish-born child prodigy violinist Ida Haendel, who lived in Montreal from 1952 to 1989, died in Miami, Florida on July 1. She was 96. She was three-and-a-half when she reproduced a song on her sister’s violin. Her portrait painter … Continue reading “On the Record: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note”

Ethel Stark

ON THE RECORD: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note

By DAVID EISENSTADT ETHEL STARK (Aug. 25, 1910 – Feb. 16, 2012) Montreal-born violinist and conductor Ethel Stark was way ahead of her time. Among her many accomplishments, she founded and was the first conductor of the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra (MWSO) at age 27 in 1940, and held the baton until 1960. She studied … Continue reading “ON THE RECORD: Canadian Jewish Musicians of Note”

Diverse, Complex Characters Populate Stories Set in Thornhill

By RUTH SCHWEITZER Sidura Ludwig’s collection of linked short stories, You Are Not What We Expected, set in Thornhill’s Jewish community, just north of Toronto, is populated by a diverse group of characters who find themselves in circumstances they never expected. When Ludwig looked at all the stories together, she realized that was the moment … Continue reading “Diverse, Complex Characters Populate Stories Set in Thornhill”

Hillcrest Progressive School senior kindergarten students

Jewish pre-schoolers stage The Wizard of Oz via Zoom

By SUSAN MINUK Hillcrest Progressive School senior kindergarten students weren’t going to let a quarantine prevent them from going ahead with their production of The Wizard of Oz. These talented kids got creative. Staff at the Jewish pre-school, located on two acres of wooded land in Toronto’s Hogg’s Hollow neighbourhood since 1955, were determined to … Continue reading “Jewish pre-schoolers stage The Wizard of Oz via Zoom”

BOOK REVIEW: The Conflict Over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate

Kenneth S. Stern, The Conflict Over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus DebateNew Jewish Press, 2020296 pages Reviewed by MIRA SUCHAROV While international conflicts have been known to exhibit ripple effects far from their borders, nowhere is the microcosm of ideological tensions over Israel/Palestine more apparent these days than on university and college campuses. In a … Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Conflict Over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate”

Victor Feldbrill

ON THE RECORD: Today’s Reminiscences of Jewish Canadian Musicians of Note

By DAVID EISENSTADT  VICTOR FELDBRILL – Conductor, Violinist (Apr. 4, 1924 – June 17, 2020) The music world said goodbye to a Canadian champion today. Conductor extraordinaire and classically-trained violinist Victor Feldbrill died in Toronto yesterday at the age of 96. A Harbord Collegiate alumnus, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants Helen (Lederman) and Nathan Feldbrill, he … Continue reading “ON THE RECORD: Today’s Reminiscences of Jewish Canadian Musicians of Note”

David Eisenstadt

ON THE RECORD: Today’s Reminiscences of Jewish Canadian Musicians of Note

By DAVID EISENSTADT BEN STEINBERG – Composer, Conductor, Organist, Music Educator (Jan. 22, 1930 – Years ago, my wife Rhoda and I chose Leo Baeck Day School to register our eldest son into a junior kindergarten program. During a meeting, Principal, Steve Garten asked, “of course you belong to a synagogue or temple.” Raised in … Continue reading “ON THE RECORD: Today’s Reminiscences of Jewish Canadian Musicians of Note”

David Roytenberg

Book Provides Prescription For Israeli-Palestinian Peace

The War of Return, How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream has Obstructed the Path to PeaceWritten by Adi Schwartz and Einat WilfTranslated into English by Eylon LeviEnglish translation published in 2020 by St. Martin’s Publishing Group, New York, NY By DAVID ROYTENBERG Why doesn’t Israel have peace?  The War of Return, written by two … Continue reading “Book Provides Prescription For Israeli-Palestinian Peace”

Ruth Panofsky

Obese Sex Worker Subject of Poetry Collection by Ruth Panofsky

By RUTH SCHWEITZER Ruth Panofsky’s latest poems revisit the world of Hoda, an obese Jewish sex worker and the protagonist of Canadian author Adele Wiseman’s 1974 novel Crackpot. Panofsky, a Wiseman scholar, has produced a powerful first-person account of Hoda’s story in Radiant Shards: Hoda’s North End Poems, based on the Wiseman novel set in Winnipeg’s North End from 1910 until … Continue reading “Obese Sex Worker Subject of Poetry Collection by Ruth Panofsky”