Menu JTA Search

literature

  • Edgar Bronfman: Here’s to Hoping

    Reading through Edgar Bronfman’s new book, “Hope, Not Fear: A Path to Jewish Renaissance,” my mind kept flashing to a pair of his fellow Jewish gazillionaires: George Soros and Sheldon Adelson. It’s not that Bronfman (with the help of co-author, Beth Zasloff) doesn’t have anything to say. Their message — that Jewish institutions need to… More ▸

  • Jews Looked Past Worries to Embrace Obama

    For some Jewish voters, the strangeness of Barack Obama was like a recurring dream: unsettling and then settling in, and then, suddenly, revelatory. Ari Wallach described breaking through to elderly Jews in Florida who had resisted voting for the son of the man from Kenya, the tall black man with the middle name “Hussein.” “It… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Australian author Jacob Rosenberg dies Jacob Rosenberg, a survivor of Auschwitz and an award-winning author, has died. He won several Australian awards for his books about World War II. “East of Time,” which was set in the Lodz ghetto, where Rosenberg grew up, won the 2006 New South Wales Premier’s Award for non-fiction and the… More ▸

  • Australian Author Jacob Rosenberg Dies

    Jacob Rosenberg, a survivor of Auschwitz and an award-winning author, has died. Rosenberg died in Melbourne at the age of 86. He was buried Oct. 31. He won several Australian awards for his books about World War II. “East of Time,” which was set in the Lodz ghetto, where Rosenberg grew up, won the 2006… More ▸

  • Halloween or Shabbat? a Tricky Choice This Year

    This election year the calendar has dealt the Jewish community an October surprise. The final Friday of the month is Oct. 31, and many families, in addition to choosing a candidate, will now also need to decide the weightier issue of which Friday eve tradition to favor, Shabbat or Halloween? Some, like me, will try… More ▸

  • Places and Spaces: Exploring What Makes Up the Jewish Tapestry

    We’ve all played the “Jewish geography” game — you know, questioning someone we’ve only just met in order to discover common Jewish connections, friends or even family. In doing so, we are mapping out our experiences, delineating a sort of Jewish topography of interlinking backgrounds, histories and far-flung mishpocha. Somehow I feel a sense of… More ▸

  • Pro-obama ‘schlep’ to Fla. Puts Focus on Jewish Seniors, Question of Race

    Fred Wolff is pretty explicit in laying out the reason why he won’t support Barack Obama on Nov. 4. A survivor of the Dachau concentration camp who came to the United States as a teenager, Wolff told JTA he typically favors Republican candidates. This year he would have preferred former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas… More ▸

  • Benyamin Cohen debuts with #1 Jewish bestseller

    Former American Jewish Life editor Benyamin Cohen’s book, “My Jesus Year,” debuted today at #1 on Amazon.com’s Jewish bestseller list. The book catalogs the year Cohen, the son of an Orthodox rabbi, spent visiting Southern churches while trying to figure out why he found synagogue so unfulfilling. Publisher’s Weekly has called it “a delicious olio… More ▸

  • Oy, my aching feet

    I wonder if the London Review of Books knew how timely its review of a new book, Jews and Shoes, would be – coming out during Rosh Hashanah, when we spend hours on our feet at shul, and before Yom Kippur, when we barely get to sit at all. The review of the book, a… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A weeklong Yiddish language seminar opened in Ukraine in a suburb of Kiev. About 50 Jewish activists, including directors of Jewish Sunday schools, actors, singers and journalists, from throughout Ukraine gathered Wednesday for “Di Yiddishe Voch” to learn about Yiddish and Yiddishkeit. The seminar is designed to help bring Yiddish culture to Jewish communities in… More ▸