Who's Afraid of the Museum of the Bible?
By Diana Muir Appelbaum for Mosaic
Critics accuse it of threatening the separation of church and state; in truth, Washington’s new museum makes an invaluable contribution to American (and Jewish) cultural literacy.
The loud noise that you can hear from the National Mall in Washington is the sound of brickbats pelting the glass roof of the city’s new Museum of the Bible (MOTB). The museum houses an enormous display of the history and archaeology of the Bible. Its collections are spectacular. Entrance is free. Christian philanthropists paid for it. Evidently, it is for some or all of these reasons that so many of the nation’s critics are outraged.
Zach Braff’s new show; Camp Ramah on ‘Goldbergs’; Judd Apatow’s new Gary Shandling doc
BY NATE BLOOM for Jweekly.com
"Rise,” a musical drama based on the nonfiction book “Drama High” (2013) by Michael Sokolove, 61, premiered on NBC on March 13. Sokolove grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania, a blue-collar community that has long been in an economic slump. Josh Radnor, 43, plays a character based on Lou Volpe, a Levittown high school teacher who ran an acclaimed theater program for 45 years. Radnor, the former star of “How I Met Your Mother,” is a practicing Jew and a practicing musician. He is currently playing in a band with Australian Jewish musician Ben Lee, 39, and the two released a CD late last year.
On British TV, A Renaissance For Jewish Characters
By Nathan Abrams for The Forward
For years, British television has been blighted by stock-in-trade Jewish stereotypes. Audiences have had to endure legions of Jewish mothers, Hasidim and Jews who sound like they got off the boat in 1910 whether they’re 10 or 110, and whether it’s 1910 or 2010!
The lost music of the Holocaust
By Julie Carbonara for TheJC.com
Francesco Lotoro's quest to discover the music composed by concentration camp prisoners has led to a unique concert in Israel
Francesco Lotoro cannot quite pinpoint the moment his fascination with the music composed by concentration camps inmates during World War II turned from passion to mission.
9 must-watch TV shows about Passover
By LINDA BUCHWALD for The Times of Israel
Classics -- and soon-to-be-classics -- that will make you glad to break unleavened bread with your own family
JTA — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (10 Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters.
You can find this article and more great Passover ideas in Jvillage Network's Passover Guide.