Arts & Entertainment

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The Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema (CFIC)—running Oct. 18-28 in both the city and suburbs—will spotlight films and TV, plus welcome a cadre of guests.


Apatow's filmography reads like an encyclopedia of great film comedy classics of the last 20 years.


I discovered that my favorite fall ingredients -- the pumpkin -- is used by many other cultures in their cuisines.

odeon dance

A book on Jewish influence in modern and postmodern dance, an Israeli dance company and a play about President Truman's speedy recognition of Israel.

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Chef Laura Frankel shares recipes for mushroom barley soup, brisket and kasha varnishkes.


Hedy Weiss previews exhibits on Goldsholl Studios and Todros Geller as well as the Victory Gardens production of Sholem Asch's Indecent.

Less than 24 hours in Damascus changed Howard Kaplan's life.


The book reads in part like a food memoir and in part like a love letter to the act of challah baking. After reading it, it is hard not to gather your own ingredients and immediately start kneading.

People of the Books photo

There was a time when Jews, Muslims, and Christians practiced their religions peacefully alongside each other in the Middle East.

Etta bat mitzvah

Etta Kramer will have her big day in September at CJE SeniorLife’s Weinberg Community for Senior Living. 

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