Jim Ball is the director of communications at the Jewish Arts Collaborative. He grew up in New York and New Jersey (exit 13), majored in music education in college, moved to Boston in 1971, worked odd jobs and did journalism, landed a job at the Harvard News Office, moved into PR work in state government for Boston City Council, did a stint as press secretary for the MBTA and then the dreaded private sector. All along, he kept up his love and involvement with music. He had an idea for a Jewish music festival, met Joey Baron and the rest, as they say….
1/8/2019 Top Pick
11/30/2018 Top Pick
Learn about some of the art that’s new (and old) at JArts’ “Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights” event at the MFA on Dec. 5!
10/24/2018 Top Pick
4/25/2018 Top Pick
As you may have heard, the MFA has an incredibly powerful exhibit of photographs in Boston—“Memory Unearthed: Photography from the Lodz Ghetto.”
2/10/2017 Top Pick
We asked Chubby Chickpea owner Avi Shemtov to tell us a bit about what exactly Sephardic food is. Here’s what he had to share.
11/14/2016 Top Pick
As we planned our 2016 Fall Season, we eagerly awaited an evening of song, shtick, and reminiscences of the Catskills from Fyvush Finkel.
Tonight (Saturday, March 12), the Boston Jewish Music Festival concert rocked the Berklee Performance Center. We floated. We soared. The Divine Sparks concert was truly a magnificent experience. Featuring...
A stunning concert tonight by Yasmin Levy at the Somerville Theater. Full house heard her passionate blend of Ladino/Sephardic/Spanish music. She has a good sense of humor, too. She...
What an fabulous start to the Festival. Thje Pincus & The Pig family concert was a fun-filled afternoon of music and activity. Thanks to the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra and Fishel...