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The Prince of Egypt
Bored in quarantine this Passover? Watch 'Prince of Egypt' on Hulu

It’s funny and entertaining, full of heartwarming music, and captures the incomparably epic nature of the story. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a very effective educational tool.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
05/04/2020
Wine Talk: Drinking at home

Don’t let a mere virus get in the way -- open a bottle of wine and bring a bit of civilized culture into your home.

Max Stern takes on all musical comers

Stern has traveled a long and winding musical, cultural and personal path since crossing the Pond.

02/04/2020
Enjoying music and art through Beit Avi Chai online

“The Beit Avi Chai staff is continuously updating our special website for this period, and launching a new series of interactive online classes, lectures, programs for children and families."

02/04/2020
Weddings in the time of corona

What’s it like to get married in the midst of a pandemic? Increasingly restrictive directives from the Health Ministry are impacting weddings. ‘In Jerusalem’ spoke with some of those affected.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
02/04/2020
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Netflix leads on downloads, but YouTube Kids grabs more hours

The report did not give actual hours of usage, but ranked YouTube Kids first, followed by Netflix. YouTube itself was in third place.

By REUTERS
02/04/2020
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David Broza, Al Franken, Lewis Black to spice up online Seder

City Winery in New York, a branch of the City Winery chain, is offering a livestream event, The Downtown Seder 2020 at 6 p.m. ET on April 6.

Toddler goes viral for instructing people to stay home due to coronavirus

"It is forbidden to go to the mall, it is forbidden to go to the supermarket, it is even forbidden to go to the gymboree!"

02/04/2020
Returning series, new ones and classic movies coming up during Passover

From HBO to Netflix, YES and CellcomTV, there is plenty to watch this Passover.

Songwriter Adam Schlesinger hospitalized with coronavirus

Schlesinger, 52, who grew up in a secular Jewish home, has been in an unnamed hospital in upstate New York for over a week.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
01/04/2020
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Mexican-Jewish folk troupe shows new piece on YouTube after show canceled

The show was originally slated for the end of March, but was canceled due to the coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/04/2020
‘Unorthodox’ – a too-tasteful version of reality

Most of the scenes set among the hassidim are completely in Yiddish.

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First the plagues, then the redemption

Horoscope for the month of April.

By LORELAI KUDE
28/03/2020
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Free meet-ups offered with Israeli authors, poets, playwrights on Zoom

The events are intended to be either writing workshops or directed reading and will be open for free to the public.

27/03/2020
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda breaks up quarantined Israeli journalists' argument

The argument over which Miranda score was best was broken up by the man himself, in Hebrew.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
27/03/2020
The best movies of 2019, dog stories, French films and Jack

Sometimes, nothing will do but a Jack Nicholson movie, but let’s concentrate on his lighter films.

‘Fauda,’ ‘Freud,’ Litchfield ladies and ‘Mrs. Maisel’

One series I was definitely looking forward to was Freud, an Austrian show on Netflix. However, one episode in and I found it a bit disappointing.

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Israelis make music out of the coronavirus mess

One of the most watched songs is Corona is Here by the Lilo-Weisman family, made while in quarantine in Rehovot after a trip to Italy.

400,000 people watched Idan Raichel performs from home, due to coronavirus

True to his reputation as a supportive figure, Raichel sent messages of support and togetherness, as he performed some of his most well known and uplifting songs.

By CELIA JEAN
23/03/2020
Wonder Woman 1984 will open theatrically, but it's not clear when

In light of all the delays, it seems wildly optimistic to think that Wonder Woman 1984 will stick to its June date.

Eden Alene hugs her mother, Zehava Varkanesh, after winning the Rising Star contest and the honor to
Eden Alene will represent Israel in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

The decision was met with praise by the CEO of Fidel, which works to help integrate Ethiopian immigrants into Israeli society on an educational and social level.

23/03/2020
General view of a farewell event at Disney World on the final night before closure due to coronaviru
Israelis under quarantine make Disney song parodies about coronavirus

The parodies range from political satire, memes, and joking about people who refuse to follow the Health Ministry guidelines

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/03/2020
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Gal Gadot’s Imagine video draws snarky social-media backlash

Labeling the video ‘cringe’ and ‘tone deaf,’ many were not charmed by celebrities who can retreat to their mansions when they ‘self isolate’ singing about imagining no possessions.

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Idan Raichel gives special online performance - watch live

Many events and concerts have had to be cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. But it hasn't stopped many Israeli artists who have turned to live-streams to share their music.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/03/2020
Yeal Mordechay, an industrial design student at Bezalel Academy, wears the mask she designed.
Coronavirus: Industrial design student at Bezalel designs protective mask

The mask is supposed to be a more tasteful and comfortable alternative to those masks which are built to defend one from nuclear war and other chemical-related emergencies.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/03/2020
Coming home to opera, and more

Of course, no one, as yet, can know if the Austrian event will be able to be held this year, but should that happen – and one can only pray that the pandemic will be consigned to memory by then.

20/03/2020
Art, the artist and the viewer

Playing with the roles of artistic experience in ‘Deliberately Random.'

By JENNA ROMANO
20/03/2020
Book Review: Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

Long before coronavirus, Gerald Posner began writing Pharma.

By MICHAEL GRANBERRY
20/03/2020
Book Review: Revolution in Paradise

This brilliant academic study includes an outstanding index and will be invaluable to students and researchers.

By DAVID ISAACSON
20/03/2020
Book Review: In The Color of Love

When love was based on the color of her skin.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
20/03/2020
Post-coronavirus creating - musicians improvise under lockdown

"Maybe this coronavirus-enforced lockdown or slowdown is the perfect opportunity to make the best use we can of the unexpected furlough."

19/03/2020
Love in the Time of Cholera
Books in the time of coronavirus

11 infectiously good reading suggestions briefly described and rated according to nightmare potential

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‘Big Brother’ contestants have been told the extent of the coronavirus

One contestant named Paul Chagyan talked with Ynet over the weekend about the experience of leaving the show only to enter a quarantine in his real house.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
18/03/2020
Drawing in the shadow of history – The art of David Duvshani

Inspired by his ancestor and the rich history of this land, Duvshani is one of the artists to take part in the Shuttle art project now shaping up at the Raw Art Gallery.

Identity crisis? Israel's Irina Nevzlin shares her roadmap to success

"You can change the country in which you live, your religion, your language – even your gender. But the one thing that you can’t change is your ethnic identity."

Coming to a small screen near you, the best movies on cable and streaming

When you can't go to the movies, these on demand options will entertain you.

Binging your way through the coronavirus pandemic

These TV series will will help you get through the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump's election changed David Simon's mind on 'Plot Against America'

“I thought it was an interesting artifact in the Rothian cannon,” Simon said in a telephone interview. “It was different from a lot of his works, but I thought America was beyond that moment."

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
17/03/2020
Starbucks coffee capsules are coming to Israel
Starbucks coffee capsules coming to Israel

Coffee-lovers were happy to hear that their extended stay at home will not deprive them of a good cup of Joe.

16/03/2020
“Mayor” is a real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah.
‘Mayor’ shows the West Bank as we rarely see it

As the film shows, Hadid travels the world promoting his city – this month Ramallah became the twin city of Oxford, England – and calling for an end to what he calls Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

By MARY MCNAMARA/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS
16/03/2020
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Can it happen here? HBO’s unsettling ‘The Plot Against America’ says yes

The Plot Against America is alt-history about what could have happened to a Jewish family in the early '40s if the antisemitic hero aviator Charles Lindbergh had beaten Roosevelt for the presidency.

Gal Gadot film production halted due to coronavirus fears

'Red Notice,' which also stars Ryan Reynolds, is a movie about an international art theft and was budgeted at about $200 million, making it the most expensive Netflix film so far.

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Amid coronavirus cancellations, local shows will go on – online

The missile barrages last November that drove residents of the south into shelters were a good dress rehearsal for the current health crisis.

‘Painting sound’ with the Castle in Time Orchestra

The orchestra, led by Matan Daskal, Shalev Ne’eman and Tal Donner, recently returned to Israel from an enthusiastically received tour to four locations in India.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
14/03/2020
Menahem Ben
Renowned Israeli poet and journalist Menahem Ben dies at 71

The poet won the Prime Minister's Award for Hebrew Writers twice, in 1989 and 2016 as well as the Bernstein Prize, in the Literary Criticism category.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , MAARIV ONLINE
13/03/2020
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art exhibit redefines Israeli portraiture

An integral part of the classical training of an artist is the craft of portraiture.

12/03/2020
Israel Festival press conference on hold due to coronavirus

In fact, it is not at all clear whether it will take place at some stage, or even if the festival will go ahead at its appointed slot of June 4-20.

12/03/2020
Jerusalem Cinematheque unveils renovated auditorium
Coronavirus cancellations: In Israel the show doesn't go on

There have been festival cancellations and drastic recalibrations across the board, with theaters closing the doors to the general public and sports events played without an audience.

12/03/2020
Reuven Milon exhibit shows a Jerusalem spanning 7 decades

Now a hale and hearty nonagenarian, he has been snapping away around his hometown for over seven decades, documenting some of the street level life this ancient city has accommodated and endured.

12/03/2020
France comes to Israel at the 17th French Film Festival

Writer/directors Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret will appear at the film festival to present episodes of their upcoming French-language series, The Middleman.

A dance created for the blind and visually impaired dancers

Choreographer Shiri Teicher created a dance without sight

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
12/03/2020
'Eretz Nehederet' finds black comedy in the coronavirus outbreak

Everything in between the opening and closing poked fun at all the usual targets — politics, celebrities and Fauda — but kept coming back to the virus.

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‘Inside the Real Mossad’ to debut on US streaming service

The show promises to show the real lives of Mossad agents.

By HANDY BROWN
12/03/2020
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Eyal Golan cancels wedding party due to coronavirus restrictions

Golan is marrying Daniel Greenberg, a model and former Big Brother contestant who announced just days ago that she is expecting his child.

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IPO goes live for quarantined

As a gesture to the music lovers in quarantine, the orchestra will broadcast a live concert for free.

By SARAH HERSHENSON
10/03/2020
Theater Review: Wildly comic and highly touching

Noga learns from family doctor Yair (Simcha Barbiro) that she is pregnant. What?!!! At her age? Preposterous!

By HELEN KAYE
10/03/2020
Time of the twins – the bewitching art of the Romano sisters

New exhibit blends occult paintings and personal images.

Despite coronavirus – Fifth Bach festival plays on

Baritone singer Oded Reich and saxophone player Abatte Barihun among those expected to perform in the festival.

‘The Last Sermon’ Wins Prix de l’Espoir at Tunisian Film Festival

Iyad Al-Dajani: ‘Reconciliation is missing element in search for Mideast peace’

By FELICE FRIEDSON/THE MEDIA LINE
10/03/2020
Fauda's Lior Raz and Neta Garty
Israeli Academy announces nominations for television awards

Some of these series, like Fauda and Our Boys, have already become available around the world, while others may be remade or distributed via streaming services in the future.

Illuminating the arts at the Epos Art Film Festival

The festival will include many events, including workshops and panels with academics who will speak about the films.

Making 8,000 clipping connections at the Epos Art Film Festival

The Epos Film Festival features documentary about children expelled from Israel to South Sudan

09/03/2020
A fresh look at the Book of Ruth in New York

After two years’ work, Wolff has produced a stunning rendition of the Book of Ruth layered with platinum, gold and silver.

By MARIA LISELLA
08/03/2020
Met museum dedicates model of Solomon’s Temple

Based on biblical descriptions of the Temple, the model is comprised of a porch, holy place, the Holy of Holies, side chambers and galleries.

By MARIA LISELLA
10/03/2020
Cancel Culture - How coronavirus is affecting the arts scene in Israel

“If the virus isn’t contained in the next two months, it could have a long-term negative impact on the music scene in Israel, and the arts landscape in general,” said a music industry insider.

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Lil Dicky reveals what got his rap career started: Bar mitzvah money

When asked by Kimmel if his parents approved of how he planned on spending the money, Burd unhesitatingly shook his head and said "no" as the audience laughed.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/03/2020
A mixed bag from New York's ballet

Their official title is: Stars of American Ballet - NYCB Principals and Soloists. A rather inflated title considering the result.

By ORA BRAFMAN
07/03/2020
Coronavirus be damned, Morrissey returning to Israel

Morrissey has announced plans to return to Israel for the fourth time, for two shows in May

05/03/2020
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A place of memory for the Holocaust

Robert Lantos speaks about bringing ‘The Song of Names’ to the screen.

DYLAN & ME: 50 YEARS OF ADVENTURES By Louie Kemp Westrose Press 211 pages; $29.95
A Jewish lens into Bob Dylan

A childhood friend recounts the singer’s Jewish roots all the way from summer camp to meeting the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

By BEN FISHER
05/03/2020
WONDER WOMAN in a recent comic by Greg Rucka, next to a picture of the 1950s comics created by psych
An Amazon's tiara - the cultural history of Wonder Woman

This Purim, as thousands of girls around the globe dress up as Wonder Woman, we shed more light on the myth and facts behind the fabled princess.

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Jake Herriotts: celebrating the pickle and his survival

Herriotts started bringing the pickles he was making as a hobby into the office, to share with his colleagues. “They were inhaling them on sight, shaking me [demanding] more, more, more!”

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
05/03/2020
ESTHER ENTERS what was essentially a massive beauty contest and wins: A beauty pageant in Helsingbor
Purim: the defeat of Haman and a chance to feast

Purim is the time for fun – for eating, drinking, carnivals, plays and gifts of food to friends and the poor. We celebrate it like a Feast of Fools, when we are permitted to masquerade in guises.

HUNDREDS OF anime fans, many in costume, converge on the Jerusalem International Convention Center a
Anime and Manga return to Jerusalem

Held every year at the International Convention Center, The Association for Anime and Manga in Israel is Israel’s biggest annual confab focusing on Japanese culture.

05/03/2020
Dr. Yinon Shivtiel at one of the caves used during the Jewish Great Revolt against the Romans as des
Researcher identifies Galilee caves where Jews fought Romans

Hundreds of caves in the Galilee have been identified as those described by Josephus almost 2,000 years ago.

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Greg Café: not just for a light lunch

Now that the management has introduced a new menu, Greg Café is also a very pleasant place for a light supper.

‘Invisible Man’  is something to see
‘Invisible Man’ is something to see

Studio brand extensions rarely feel this intimate, this personally unnerving.

By JUSTIN CHANG
04/03/2020
Honey Boy
TV shows: Robots out for revenge, hurting Honey and Unorthodox unearthed

Two much-awaited series are coming up on Netflix at the end of March.

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Rousset to conduct renditions of Bach’s work in upcoming jazz festival

Rousset says he is delighted to perform in the festival curtain-raiser, and to present works by two of the Baroque era’s most notable exponents.

04/03/2020
In cursed ‘Dolittle,’ they  could not have done less
'Doctor Dolittle' movie review: they could not have done less

Not only is “Dolittle” hasty, hectic and harried, but worse, it is utterly halfhearted.

By KATIE WALSH
04/03/2020
Keira Knightley stars in ‘Official Secrets’ as a true-life whistle blower
Keira Knightley stars in ‘Official Secrets’ as a real-life whistle-blower

Twice nominated for an Oscar, Knightley gives one of her strongest performances here, using her presence to create a convincing portrait of a courageous zealot who believes in right and wrong.

By KENNETH TURAN
04/03/2020
Israel gets a wickedly pleasurable taste of Broadway

Living in the Middle East, we Israelis don’t get to see shows on Broadway as frequently as we might like. So luckily, Broadway brings some of its best to us.

By YAKIR FELDMAN
03/03/2020
TheaterNetto 2020 continues its focus on homegrown productions

This year’s plays are frequently hard-hitting and unsparing.

By HELEN KAYE
03/03/2020
Israeli films to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April

The International Narrative Competition is a section of the festival where Israeli films have always done well and two of the 10 films are from Israel this year.

'Prince of Egypt' receives West End musical adaptation

Directed by Scott Schwartz and choreographed by Sean Cheesman, the run is set to last 39 weeks, from February 5 to October 31, at the Dominion Theatre.

03/03/2020
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Filmmakers call for a boycott of TLVFest

More than 130 filmmakers and other film industry professionals have signed a pledge to boycott TLVFest, the Tel Aviv International LGBT film festival

11th annual Dead Gathering festival returns in April

The vibe is laid back, the attendees are friendly to a fault and the setting is ideal.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/03/2020
Jerusalem's LiaFEST spotlights women’s films

The films are from all over the world and focus on women’s issues and women’s power to effect social, political, economic and cultural change.

Israeli series headed for international remakes

At the recently concluded Berlin Film Festival, audiences were raving about The Attaché, two episodes of which were shown in a television section.

Albert Speer’s Hollywood ambitions revealed in new documentary

Speer worked in the early 1970s with Andrew Birkin, a screenwriter who has since written the screenplay for The Name of the Rose, to turn his book, Inside the Third Reich, into a screenplay.

Experiencing two worlds in the heart of Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Elmina, which means “beach port” in Arabic, provides four floors to guests, each floor providing an artistic experience.

By DANIEL FEIGEL
29/02/2020
A winter vacation at the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem

Thi pre-spring vacation proved the right choice

By NERIA BARR
29/02/2020
Art meets room in new Tel Aviv hotel

Take a glass to the fifth-floor rooftop garden to chill or sunbathe; work off your snacks in the surprisingly large fitness center, complete with underground sauna.

29/02/2020
A SCENE from Hanoch Levin’s  ‘The Constant Mourner.’
‘Constant Mourner’ a veritable garden of delights

He’s not a bad man, the king (Morris Cohen), he just wants his son back.

By HELEN KAYE
29/02/2020
Winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Netta Barzilai of Israel, takes part at the "Orange Carp
Green Day, Netta Barzilai, BTS cancel performances over coronavirus fears

"We have decided together to cancel one performance so as not to put ourselves and our loved ones in danger."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , REUTERS
01/03/2020
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