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WAKEFIELD – “Golda’s Balcony” returns to the Rhode Island stage this spring thanks to The Contemporary Theater Company.

Running from April 10 to 18, “Golda’s Balcony” is a one-woman play about the life and politics of Golda Meir.  It compares the challenges of her difficult personal life and eventful political career, examining how a strong-willed girl from Kiev earned her way into one of the most powerful and controversial offices in the world.

What do Jews speak? The answer isn’t exactly simple. And how could it be, when Yiddish, Aramaic, ancient and modern Hebrew, Ladino and Arabic all play into the mix?

Which is exactly why the Jewish English Lexicon feels so necessary. The JEL, a collaborative repository of the distinctively Jewish words used by English-speaking Jews, helps organize our slippery, ever-growing lingua franca. “Think of it as the Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary of Jewish language,” states the welcome.

Gathered at the NERC dinner are (left to right): Rabbi Yosef Lipson, associate dean; Rabbi Naftali Karp, Pillar of Torah awardee; Rabbi Berish Edelman, Alumni Achievement awardee; and Rabbi Eliezer Gibber, dean. /NERCGathered at the NERC dinner are (left to right): Rabbi Yosef Lipson, associate dean; Rabbi Naftali Karp, Pillar of Torah awardee; Rabbi Berish Edelman, Alumni Achievement awardee; and Rabbi Eliezer Gibber, dean. /NERCThe New England Rabbinical College hosted its 30th Anniversary Dinner on March 1.  The local community and many out of town visitors turned out in support of the school and its honorees. Those attending were rewarded with an inspiring and entertaining evening.

The evening began with a performance by the Kol Neurayich Boys Choir directed by Yehoshua Shepherd, one of the students at NERC.

Rabbi Dovid Bielory, teacher at Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael in Boston, acted as master of ceremonies. He began by introducing Rabbi Eliezer Gibber, dean, who gave the opening greetings and Divrei Torah. Rabbi Gibber presented the Pillars of Torah Award to Rabbi and Mrs. Naftali Karp. Rabbi Karp came to NERC as a student, then went on to become a member of the Kollel, and ultimately to serve as its executive director. Both Rabbi and Mrs. Karp are actively involved in every communal organization in the city.  Rabbi Karp is the director of a successful outreach program called Project Shoresh, which focuses on young professionals and families.

Ida leaving the monastery to meet her aunt.Ida leaving the monastery to meet her aunt.If you enjoy spending hours strolling through photo galleries and reading the captions, see “Ida.” If you think Edward Hopper’s paintings are beautiful, see “Ida.” If you don’t mind not knowing enough about the characters to understand why they choose what they choose, see “Ida.”

Those who watched the Oscars and expect the film to be as clever and witty as Pawel Pawlikowski’s acceptance speech for the Best Foreign Language Film might be disappointed. Yes, the movie has garnered high praise from critics worldwide. Yes, it’s unusual and artsy and charming. It’s also unnecessarily slow, unfortunately incomplete and unnervingly unmoving for the most part, considering the subject matter.

The snow’s melting and the sunshine seems here to stay – two signs that the long-awaited spring has finally arrived. And with Passover in just a few days, it is a special time for family and friends to welcome a new beginning. One valuable way to step into spring together is by making memories with loved ones today that create a legacy for tomorrow.