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  • Unorthodox Orthodox fiction

    Can you image an Orthodox Bar Mitzvah celebrated in the Arizona desert soon after the Civil War, with a guest list that includes Apache warriors, gun-slinging outlaws and a minyan imported from Tombstone? One Hollywood screenwriter, who is turning his att

  • Talkin’ Jewish books

    A U.S. program, a joint venture of the American Library Association and a Jewish group known as Nextbook, helps to promote knowledge of Jewish literature.

  • Divestment voted down

    After more than a month of debate, aldermen in the city of Somerville, Mass., voted unanimously against a proposal to divestment from Israel.

  • Boston debate over Israel divestment

    In a Boston suburb, locals debate a resolution to divest the city’s retirement fund of its holdings in Israel Bonds.

  • Abraham and Moses for kids

    With the release of the kids version of “Walking the Bible,” author Bruce Feiler encourages a younger generation to travel the biblical world and treat the Bible as a living map and guide.

  • Encouraging kids’ spirituality

    They may not know who she is, but if a generation of young people has grown more comfortable expressing their views about God, they may want to thank author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.

  • An illustrated ‘miracle’ for Passover

    A new Passover guide explains all the elements of the seder — from setting the seder plate to the four cups of wine and the full story of Passover — aiming to provide both a popular and a scholarly approach to the holiday that keeps readers en

  • Making the Passover seder alive

    A new Haggadah that has readers act out parts of the Passover seder can turn a ho-hum seder into a lively event.

  • Peace-seeking Jews in Boston

    A conference in Boston drew politicians, academics and activists who criticized Israeli and American policies in the Middle East, but expressed hope for a peaceful future.