Jewish Journal

Communities of Conviction

By Bob Goldfarb

May 11, 2010 | 10:55 am

[This post originally appeared on eJewishPhilanthropy.com.]

Much has been made of the deepening fissures in the Jewish community in the United States.  Lately it has been seen as a split... read on

  • Writers’ Festival: Aharon Appelfeld and Nicole Krauss

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 7, 2010 | 7:27 am

    More than a generation separates novelist Nicole Krauss, 36, from Aharon Appelfeld, who was born in 1932.  The author of The History of Love was born in the comfort and security of America, while the Israeli man of letters spent his childhood hiding from the Nazis among criminals. ... read on

  • Writers’ Festival: Jonathan Safran Foer

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 6, 2010 | 8:17 am

    The best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer was one of the most popular speakers at the first International Writers’ Festival at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem two years ago.  Returning this year, he spoke to an overflow audience in conversation with an Israeli novelist who,... read on

  • Writers’ Festival: Paul Auster and David Grossman

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 5, 2010 | 5:32 am

    Paul Auster, the prolific American novelist and screenwriter, and David Grossman, one of Israel’s premiere writers, have been close friends for more than a dozen years.  Auster told an overflowing crowd at Jerusalem’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim last night, however, that their... read on

  • Writers’ Festival: Simon Sebag Montefiore and Amos Oz

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 4, 2010 | 8:03 am

    An amiable chat between historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and novelist/essayist Amos Oz ended the first evening of the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Writers’ Conference.  The pair would probably have been just as genial and entertaining no matter what they talked about, but their topics... read on

  • From the International Writers’ Festival, Jerusalem - Holocaust Writing

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 4, 2010 | 7:53 am

    Sarah Blau, moderating a panel called “Ashes and Ink,” called attention to an apparent paradox: the farther removed we are from the historical Holocaust, there more writing there seems to be.  What’s more, alongside the steady flow of scholarly studies and memoirs, there... read on

  • From the International Writers’ Festival, Jerusalem - First Post

    By Bob Goldfarb

    May 4, 2010 | 7:42 am

    This week I’m blogging from the International Writers’ Festival at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem.

    Israeli author Zeruya Shalev made an emblematic observation when she spoke yesterday at the Festival.  “It’s risky to meet the writer behind a book you love,” she... read on

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Bob Goldfarb has been president of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, based in Los Angeles and Jerusalem, since 2007.  Before getting involved with the Jewish...

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