Borscht Belt Hotel Food Gets Star Turn In ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Posted on December 30th, 2018
By Shira Feder for The Forward
 

There was a time when to any Jew in the know, “the mountains” meant the Catskills, and “the Catskills” meant the Borscht Belt, the site of orgiastic meals, frenzied sexual activity and cutting edge comedy. (A sampling: “Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the street and said, ‘Lady, I haven’t eaten in three days.’ ’ ‘Force yourself,’ she replied.” And yes, Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis and Jerry Seinfeld all performed there.)

 

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24-year-old Israeli earns jazz's most influential prize

Posted on December 23rd, 2018
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine 


Virtually unknown before Monday, Tom Oren wins Thelonious Monk contest.


Tom Oren has tickled the ivories in relative obscurity up until this point in his career, but that's all about to change. The 24-year-old Oren, a native of Tel Aviv, just received the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition – one of jazz's highest honors.

The award was announced earlier this week at a gala event held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and hosted by actor Blair Underwood. Oren performed two songs at the event, including the Cole Porter standard “Just One Of Those Things.”

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