Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Dual Loyalties, Then and Now

    By Bob Goldfarb

    April 30, 2010 | 8:59 am

    The Forward’s Gal Beckerman reported this week on new concerns about “dual loyalties” among American Jews, and talked about it in a podcast with colleagues (listen here).  “So totally aligned have the United States and Israeli governments been for most of the past 20... read on

  • Remembering Alan Rich, 1924-2010

    By Bob Goldfarb

    April 25, 2010 | 5:36 am

    Classical music has lost one of its most astute and beloved chroniclers.  Alan Rich, former critic at the L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, died Friday.  For over sixty years he covered and commented on concert life, from the Koussevitzky era at the Boston Symphony to... read on

  • Arguing with Critics

    By Bob Goldfarb

    April 23, 2010 | 7:54 am

    Are critics necessary?  The blogosphere has been abuzz with that question over the past month, ever since New York Times film critic A. O. Scott gave the question a high profile in print.  He was moved to write about it after his television show, “At the Movies,” was unexpectedly... read on

  • Gaza Photo Exhibition in Seattle

    By Bob Goldfarb

    April 20, 2010 | 1:36 am

    Last week I wrote about the unexpected, abrupt “removal” of an exhibition at the University of Washington that included war photographs from Gaza.  Now it’s reported that “Global to Local: Narratives of War, Resilience and Peace” will open tomorrow after all.  Larry Johnson,... read on

  • Heresy and Intolerance

    By Bob Goldfarb

    April 18, 2010 | 9:37 am

    Fewer than 500 women in The Netherlands, out of a population of 16.5 million, wear a burqa, a garment worn by some Muslim women as a sign of modesty.  Yet, according to an Associated Press report , “There is broad support in the Dutch parliament to ban face-obscuring clothing... read on

  • Art and Politics in Seattle

    By Bob Goldfarb

    April 16, 2010 | 5:05 am

    The University of Washington, in Seattle, has reportedly just taken down an art exhibition planned in conjunction with a conference on “War and Global Health.”  The exhibition, “Global to Local: Narratives of War, Resilience and Peace,” was curated by a UW graduate, a... 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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