The Arty Semite

Out and About: Jews and 9/11; 'Old Mother' Mandelbaum

By Ezra Glinter

  • Smithsonian Mag revisits the life and crimes of one of the Lower East Side’s most notorious criminals, “Old Mother” Mandelbaum.

  • Yahoo! News spotlights the Ger Mandolin Orchestra.

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  • Adam Kirsch reflects on the lingering anti-Semitic associations of 9/11.

  • A Jewish life insurance salesman has unveiled a four-tonne steel statue in memory of 9/11 in London’s Battersea Park.

  • Edward Rothstein surveys the full range of 9/11 commemorations.

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'Tis the Season to Be Classical: Unmissable December Concerts

By Benjamin Ivry

While Hanukkah preparations and aftermath can overshadow every other human activity in December, ‘tis also the season for classical concerts, especially although by no means exclusively, in the New York area. These can include much Yiddishkayt, despite the seeming omnipresence of Handel’s “Messiah.”

Mahler-lovers will not want to miss the much-loved British conductor Sir Colin Davis leading the New York Philharmonic in performances on December 2, 4, and 7 of Mahler’s orchestral songs, “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” (The Youth’s Magic Horn). Although born in 1927, Sir Colin still conducts with a balletic grace which vivifies everything he interprets.

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