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What’s Causing the Upsurge in Anti-Semitism in Houston and Across the Nation?

Posted on · (Above: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. Photo: Wikipedia Commons) On Sunday (March 12, 2017), the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston was evacuated for the second time in less than a month after receiving a bomb threat. JCCs and other Jewish organizations nationwide have received more than 150 such bomb threats since […]

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Anti-Semitism in Houston, and the Future of Nuclear Power in Texas: Thursday’s Show (March 16, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. Photo: Wikipedia Commons) On Sunday (March 12, 2017), the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston was evacuated for the second time in less than a month after receiving another bomb threat. JCCs and other Jewish organizations nationwide have received more than 150 such bomb threats since […]

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The Houston Jewish Film Festival Celebrates Its Bar Mitzvah

Posted on · The 2017 Houston Jewish Film Festival runs March 5-19 at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. Among the numerous films screened this year is the Academy Award nominee Life Animated. The documentary tells the story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to […]

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A Lesson in Tap Dancing From Choreographer Jason Samuels Smith

Posted on · Emmy Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Jason Samuels Smith was in Houston last week (Feb. 9, 2017) to give a master class on tap at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. And we wondered: could he teach all of Houston to tap over the radio? He dropped by our Geary Performance Studio to […]

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The Art of Three Generations Combines in One Performance of Poetry and Dance

Posted on · Over the past year or so, we’ve been sharing the stories of Houstonians who’ve followed in the career footsteps of their loved ones in our occasional series The Family Business. However, today we bring you the story of a family whose members, with each passing generation, tried to rebel against the family business, which was […]

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Jewish Culture in Houston is Growing Beyond ZIP Codes

Posted on · Passover begins next week, on the evening of Monday, April 14. And later this month, Houston Public Media TV 8 presents a new documentary entitled “The Story of the Jews.” With those two occasions, we thought we’d take the opportunity to learn about Houston’s Jewish population, history, and culture with Michael Duke of the Jewish […]

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Choreographer Carolyn Dorfman Discusses Houston Performances

Posted on · For more than 30 years, the critically acclaimed Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company has performed high energy contemporary dance. The company performs this week at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center as part of ERJCC’s Dance Month. Catherine Lu of Houston Public Media’s arts and culture unit sat down with Carolyn Dorfman to discuss this weekend’s […]