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  • Jewish Book Council names Sami Rohr Prize finalists

    JTA

    January 26, 2012 | 10:24 am

    The Jewish Book Council announced its five finalists for the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

    The $100,000 prize, presented annually since 2007, is awarded to fiction and non-fiction writers in alternating years, with this year’s focus on non-fiction.

    The finalists...

  • Bob Kraft: New England Patriots’ Jewish owner

    by Andrew Gershman, Contributing Writer

    January 23, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    When the National Football League lockout ended this past August, Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday praised Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots stating, “Without him, this deal does not get done, he is a man who helped us save football.” Now just six short months...

  • Fred Weintraub: The Serendipitous Producer

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 19, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    Fred Weintraub is not merely an eyewitness to the history of American pop culture.  As we discover in his wholly winning memoir, “Bruce Lee, Woodstock and Me: From the Man Behind a Half-Century of Music, Movies and Martial Arts” (Brooktree Canyon Press: $28.95), he was a featured...

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  • Who is—the latest Jewish trivia whiz?

    by Ken Mandel/JointMedia News Service

    January 17, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Answer: Jason Keller. The man who won $213,900 over the course of nine episodes on Jeopardy!, the classic quiz show, now envisions traveling to Israel for competitive Scrabble.

    While many Jews who have never been to Israel anticipate their first visit to the Western Wall, Jason...

  • Clergy push Debbie Friedman song

    by Debra Nussbaum Cohen, The Forward

    January 13, 2012 | 10:25 am

    About two weeks before she died, Debbie Friedman stood with Rabbi Joy Levitt at the piano in Levitt’s Manhattan apartment, and she shared with her friend a melody that the legendary singer and composer would never have the chance to record.

    It was a new version of “Shalom...

  • Spiegelman among National Jewish Book Awards winners

    JTA

    January 12, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Author and illustrator Art Spiegelman and Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld are among the winners of the 2011 National Jewish Book Awards.

    The awards, which were announced Wednesday, are given out annually by the Jewish Book Council to honor outstanding books of Jewish interest.

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  • Notable books of 2011

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 11, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    In addition to our prizewinner, we also want to honor some of the other exceptional books that came to our attention in 2011, each of which is accomplished and provocative.

    The headlines in The Jewish Journal and other newspapers serve to confirm the acuity and even the prescience...

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