By KAREN LOZINSKI, Special to the CCJN
It’s easy to imagine how thrilled composer Alan Menken may have been at the thought of “Sister Act” (the musical) being set in late-1970s Philadelphia—that era and setting offer some seriously fertile musical soil from which to grow great numbers, and that’s exactly what Menken did in collaboration with lyricist Glenn Slater.
Some of the highlights of “Sister Act,” based on the popular movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, draw heavily (and gleefully) from Motown, rhythm and blues and soul music of the era. Menken and Slater also move into gospel, funk, rock, and rap … Continue reading
Britain’s chief rabbi calls for ban on partnership minyans
(JTA) — British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis called on Orthodox synagogues to ban partnership minyan services, where women can lead services and read from the Torah.
Mirvis said in a message sent to rabbinic leaders Wednesday that the services were “not something that can take place within our synagogues,” the … Continue reading
By NESHAMA CARLEBACH
(JTA) — I grew up Jewish. Simply Jewish.
My late father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, raised us in an observant Orthodox household. Our lives were filled with beautiful ritual and we celebrated the wonder of a familial spiritual connection.
That said, we also danced along the fine line of progressive Judaism. My father’s Torah was an expression of the beauty of Judaism. He taught the world to love and cherish Shabbat — even … Continue reading
Herbert Barton, the executive director of Hebrew Rest Cemetery, announced this week that the costs for plots and crypts in the mausoleum would all be rising at the beginning of the calendar year.
Barton stated that the costs have held firm for the last 10 years, but the decision of the executive board was to … Continue reading
(JNS.org) — The preliminary details for Pope Francis’s much-anticipated trip to the Holy Land have been revealed.
The trip is scheduled for May 25-26. According to the preliminary plans, the pontiff will first arrive in Jordan and then take a helicopter to Tel Aviv, where he will be welcomed by an official Israeli government reception.… Continue reading
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli troops killed two Palestinians during separate West Bank clashes within a few hours of each other.
On Thursday morning, an elite Israeli army force entering Kalkilyah to arrest a terror cell was fired upon. In the return of fire, Saleh Yassin, 28, a member of the Palestinian general intelligence service, was … Continue reading