Jewish Journal

  • Harel Skaat, an Israeli pop “Idol” comes to the Ford Amphitheatre

    By Orit Arfa

    August 24, 2011 | 11:09 am

    One way to describe Israeli pop star Harel Skaat to American pop aficionados is to call him the Israeli “Clay Aiken”—a comparison Skaat might not like, considering he shies away from comparisons lest they smear his individuality.

    But like the 2003 “American Idol”...

  • Claudia Gould named new Jewish Museum director


    August 24, 2011 | 10:51 am

    The Jewish Museum of New York has named Claudia Gould as its new director.

    Gould, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, will succeed Joan Rosenbaum, who has served in the position for the last 30 years.

    The 107-year-old museum located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is dedicated to “the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people,” according to its mission statement.

  • One advocate’s argument for Israel’s longevity

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 23, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    When Hirsh Goodman speaks about the destiny of Israel, people listen.

    Goodman is a former executive of the Jerusalem Post, founder of the Jerusalem Report, and currently serves as a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. Now he...

  • Unmasking Bernie Madoff

    by Iris Mann

    August 23, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    “They roar like a mouse and bite like a flea.”

    That’s how whistleblower Harry Markopolos characterized members of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for their failure to heed his warnings about the worldwide financial fraud perpetrated by investment adviser Bernie...

  • ‘Rachel Corrie’ on stage: agitprop or art?

    By Tom Tugend

    August 23, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    “The American Jewish community has a problem keeping silent,” says scholar Michael Berenbaum, and he ascribes the “problem” to guilt over our collective failure to speak up during the Holocaust.

    In a very different time and on a vastly different scale, the option of silence...

  • Jerry Leiber, 78, co-wrote “Hound Dog” and other hits


    August 23, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Jerry Leiber, who spoke Yiddish as his first language, was hounded by anti-Semites on the streets of Baltimore as a child, and became one of the creators of rock ‘n’ roll as half of the most celebrated songwriting duo of all time, died at 78 in Los Angeles.

    Leiber died Monday at a...

  • Secrets of the Hebrew alphabet

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 17, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    “The letters of the Jews as strict as flames,” writes Karl Shapiro in the poem titled “The Alphabet,” “Or little terrible flowers lean/Stubbornly upwards through the perfect ages/Singing through solid stone the sacred names.”

    I was reminded of Shapiro’s verse when I...

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