Joseph Chaikin

Joseph Chaikin, one of America’s most influential figures in theater, was born on this date in 1935. Chaikin was founder of the Open Theater in 1963, for which he directed fourteen original plays over the course of a decade, including The Serpent, a critically-acclaimed production based on Biblical texts and current events. Among his numerous awards […]

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What The Conservative Movement Didn’t Teach Me

By Dr. Hilary Lustick   AS AN EDUCATOR and researcher of adolescent learning, I can tell you that teenagers learn best when they feel good. It’s why Birthright, the United Synagogue Youth movement, and so many other organizations bring Jewish American young people to Israel at little to no cost. The hope is that if you […]

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Can Satire Undermine Donald Trump?

THE INCONSISTENCY OF THE PRESIDENT SHOW by Alessio Franko WATCHING Donald J. Trump descend a hotel escalator in June 2015 to announce his presidential run, an ecstatic Jon Stewart called it “comedy hospice.” Stewart would glide through the final weeks of his legendary seventeen-year stint at The Daily Show, slinging jokes that practically wrote themselves about […]

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