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‘Pepper, Silk & Ivory’ provides remarkable missing page of Jewish history
The history and culture of European Jewry is widely known, but many people are unfamiliar with the Jews of Asia and the contributions that Jews made in Asian countries. For example, small pockets o...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jewish women persevere behind the camera
Surpassing $3 million in box office receipts, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s feature debut “Obvious Child” was one of the surprise indie hits of last year. Not bad for a low-budget movie abo...
Jan 15, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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I.B. Singer’s sister a literary power in her own right
The English-speaking world for many years was deprived of the writings of Esther Singer Kreitman, who was forced into the shadows of invisibility based primarily on her gender. In fact, Kreitman wa...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Herzl’s Vision’ opened Zionists’ eyes to the reality of a Jewish state
It’s common knowledge that the trial of French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus led Viennese journalist Theodor Herzl to propose the idea of a Jewish nation. It’s also wrong, says Shlomo Avineri. In “Herzl’s V...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Facebook is home to a new kind of Holocaust remembrance
by Gal Beckerman
Forward
Apr 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Anne Frank’s Facebook page looks much like any other teenage girl’s: The profile picture shows Anne leaning against a wall; her hair is tucked behind her ears; and she stares off sideway...
Guitarist uses Paul Celan’s Holocaust poetry to create stunning opus
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
When Dan Kaufman first read Paul Celan’s poetry, something clicked. Having grown up Jewish in Minneapolis and briefly in Israel, Kaufman always felt strong ties to the Holocaust and its unknowable ...
Local klezmer band makes beautiful music
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The music of Eastern Watershed Quartet’s latest CD, “The Klez Dispenser,” will tug at the heartstrings of the most discerning klezmer listener. The just-released 14-song package is klezmer in its m...
Anonymous gift gives WVU Hillel major facelift
by Lee Chottiner
Executive Editor
Apr 22, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Thanks to a $100,000 anonymous gift, the West Virginia University Hillel is nearing completion of a massive renovation project at its University Avenue house. The project, which began Dec. 15, is d...
Palestinian village and Israeli town build rare partnership across line
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Apr 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WADI FUKIN, West Bank -- Mohammed Mansara, a 70-year-old farmer who goes by the name Abu Mazen, indicates with a sweep of his arm the fruit trees and vegetables he grows on his small plot of land i...
Orthodox rabbinical parley to address women's leadership
by Ben Harris
JTA
Apr 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- With a high-profile discussion scheduled on women's leadership and two proposed rules aimed at marginalizing rabbis who deviate leftward on hot-button issues, an upcoming Orthodox rabbi...
Clinton Independence Day message reaffirms Israel-U.S. bonds
by JTA
Apr 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed the strong relationship between the United States and Israel in a video message for Israel's Independence Day. "Congratulation...
Student group attacks leftists in revised Yizkor
by JTA
Apr 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli student group distributed a Yizkor memorial prayer with an additional passage that attacks leftists and conscientious objectors. Im Tirtzu, a right-wing grass-roots group th...
‘Girl on the Train’ has flash, but film falls flat
by Justin Jacobs
Associate Editor
Apr 16, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
Character studies on film hedge heavily on one factor: our ability to relate to the character on-screen. If we can’t make the connection, whatever strife or happiness the character faces will fall ...
In his own words
by Angela Leibowicz
Communiuty Editor
Apr 16, 2010 | 2 2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
Rabbi Baruch Poupko’s legacy goes beyond Pittsburgh, and the breadth of his work forever changed the lives of many Jews. Poupko, who served as rabbi and then senior rabbi at Shaare Torah Congregati...