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  • 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’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 ▸

  • Philip Roth goes back to school

    The first wave of reviews of Philip Roth’s newest novel, “Indignation,” are out this week. The book – which tells the story of the son of a New Jersey kosher butcher who flees to a Midwestern college to escape his neurotic father – clearly covers some well-worn Rothian territory. But the reviews are largely deferential,… More ▸

  • Latest Slingshot Guide Highlights Old and New Innovative Programs

    When a group of young philanthropists decided to put together a short Zagat’s-style directory of innovative programs four years ago, the goal was to identify cutting-edge Jewish causes for their peers to invest in. The result was Slingshot, an annual directory of 50 hot nonprofits that has helped put several upstarts on the philanthropic map… More ▸

  • Translating the Bible… into Hebrew

    Ha’aretz reports on an effort underway in Israel to translate the Bible into modern Hebrew: In Israel – which was established 60 years ago as the national home of the Jewish people, which “gave the world the eternal Book of Books” (according to the Declaration of Independence), and whose official languages, alongside Arabic, include that… More ▸

  • News Brief

    An autobiographical novel by Israeli author Amos Oz has been translated into Arabic in an effort to promote coexistence. The translation of “A Tale of Love and Darkness” was funded in part by the family of an Arab student killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem, and will be sold first in the Israeli Arab… More ▸

  • Strictly Commercial

    Two funny-Jewy books, two funny-Jewy promotional videos. The first, featuring Daily Show reporter John Oliver, comes from Hazonik and Daily Show staff writer Rob Kutner, and is for his new book “Apocalypse How,” which Jon Stewart, in an obviously objective and impartial manner, called, “A great read.” Second is the advert for former American Jewish… More ▸