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Jewish LGBTQs find acceptance in Conservative Judaism

December 16, 2016 - articles

by Melinda Lejman photo above: Rabbi Ilan Glazer, Beth Sholom Synagogue, Memphis It isn’t news that Judaism and homosexuality have historically been at odds. In recent times, however, the Conservative Jewish Movement has taken steps to confront the disparity between what Torah commands and what humanity…

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Holiday Cocktails

December 12, 2016 - articles

Three delicious drinks from three of Memphis’ best mixologists. Merry & Bright Ben Smith, Tsunami 1/2 oz. pomegranate liqueur 1/2 oz. vanilla simple syrup 4 oz. prosecco Pomegranate seeds to garnish Pur into a Champagne flute the pomegranate liqueur and the vanilla simple syrup. Top…

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Robin Tran – Transphobia? Made funny? LMAO!

December 9, 2016 - articles

from moveon.org Transgender comedian Robin Tran submitted a video to MoveOn.org Political Action’s ‘Laughter Trumps Hate’ contest, a national competition dedicated to denouncing the campaign of the 2017 Republican presidential nominee, and selected by members of MoveOn staff. Here’s the transcript from part of her act: My name…

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Announcing Auditions for the Regional Premiere of Million Dollar Quartet

December 6, 2016 - articles

Playhouse on the square – Memphis’ only professional resident theatre announcing auditions for the regional premiere of Million Dollar Quartet. Casting for the roles of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Sam Phillips. WHEN: January 7th & 8th Saturday, January 7th, 1pm – Auditions for the…

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December Dilemma

December 5, 2016 - articles

by Gila Golder, Jewish Community Partners Come holiday season, Jewish families all across America face what is known as the “December Dilemma.” Christmas lights and decorations start popping up on lawns; Santa Claus grants wishes in malls; radio stations alternate between Christmas carols and ads…

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Warm and Fuzzy – Tips for a Well Winter

December 2, 2016 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin Ned Stark expressed it best in his warning tone on HBO’s Game of Thrones: “Winter is coming.” Expectations of seasonal depression, debt, holiday weight gain and a distinctly unsnowy Christmas in Memphis pile onto the psyche and can send one into hibernation….

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Ranking Member Cohen Introduces Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to Eliminate the Electoral College

December 1, 2016 - articles

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today introduced an amendment to the United States Constitution that would eliminate the Electoral College and provide for the direct election of the President and…

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A Christian (finally) for the Holiday Season

December 1, 2016 - articles

by Kevin Shaw Based on an essay written by openly gay humorist, David Sedaris, Santaland Diaries chronicles Sedaris’ seasonal employment as an elf at “Santaland” in Macy’s department store back in the early 1990’s.  It was Sedaris’ first major break back in the mid-90’s and Memphis…

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The Illusionists – Live From Broadway Comes To Memphis February 10-12v

November 30, 2016 - articles

“MAGIC’S CIRQUE DU SOLEIL”– Times of London   THE ILLUSIONISTS  – LIVE FROM BROADWAY COMES TO MEMPHIS FEBRUARY 10-12 Tickets on-sale Friday, December 16th  Blockbuster Theatrical Show Dazzles Sold-Out Audiences Worldwide MEMPHIS, TN – On the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on…

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Gabriel & Jacob

November 28, 2016 - articles

by Melinda Lejman Two weeks after converting to Judaism in Athens, Georgia, Gabriel and Jacob moved to Memphis to start residency programs. Over coffee, I learned about their experience converting to Judaism and being gay and Jewish in the South. What motivated you to convert…

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