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  • The secret of Warren Bennis’s success

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 6, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    Though the size of Warren Bennis’s obituary in the New York Times was epic – all six columns across, filling most of the space above the fold on the back page of the A section – its text made no mention of something about him I always thought inextricable from who he was and the...

  • Gwen Edelman reappears with ‘Train to Warsaw’

    June 6, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    Author Gwen Edelman remains shrouded in mystery.  In an age of relentless author promotion she has chosen to remain “virtually” invisible.  She has no website or Wikipedia page, and it is almost impossible to find out the sketchiest details of her personal biography.  I was able to...

  • Survivor, storyteller, celebrity, sage: Elie Wiesel at 85

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 24, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    When talking about Elie Wiesel, who turns 85 on Sept. 30, it is far too easy to fall into a list of superlatives. 

    As a child who survived Auschwitz and other concentration camps, Wiesel witnessed more death and more horrors than most human beings ever will. A onetime journalist...

  • Israel: Savoring the Taste

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 24, 2013 | 1:35 am

    My friend Baruch and I wended our way up into the northern Galilee in Israel, up into the mountains. Just a few kilometers from the Blue Line – the UN determined border between Israel—we drove past an Israeli Army outpost and its patrols dressed in their heavy uniforms in all that...

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  • Jewhoo!

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    June 19, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    One of the profound changes in American popular culture that emerged during the 1960s was the willingness of famous Jews to openly embrace their Jewishness rather than hiding it behind phony names and personas. That’s what David E. Kaufman playfully calls “Jewhooing” in his new...

  • Jay Neugeboren gets reel with latest novel

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 21, 2013 | 4:55 am

    "For far too long, Jay Neugeboren has been known as a writer’s writer and as the nurturing teacher of future writers,” Sanford Pinsker wrote in the Forward about one of Neugeboren’s earlier books. “It is high time for a wider audience.”

    Neugeboren, in fact, has written 19 books,...

  • Michael Chabon’s search for authentic expression

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 13, 2013 | 6:29 am

    A writer walks into a room full of rabbis. This sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. In the words of Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose,” “It’s the emes.” The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) held the Reform movement’s annual rabbinical convention March...

  • New play, “Therapy,” explores the the lives and fears of therapist

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2013 | 7:44 am

    Jeff Bernhardt is an author, playwright, psychotherapist and Jewish educator who directs social-action programs at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills; he is also the lead tutor for the b’nai mitzvah program at Temple Israel of Hollywood. But his new play, “Therapy” — opening March 2...

  • Comedy writer Sol Weinstein dies at 84

    December 12, 2012 | 9:59 am

    When I first moved to California from Philadelphia in 1978, Leon Brown, editor of the Jewish Exponent, told me to look up his friend Sol Weinstein. 

    I already knew of Weinstein, as I had one of the books in his “Israel Bond Oy-Oy-7” series, “Loxfinger.” I did connect with him,...

  • Frankfurt ripped for honoring scholar who backs Israel boycott

    September 6, 2012 | 11:54 am

    Protests are mounting against plans by the city of Frankfurt to honor Jewish-American scholar Judith Butler, a staunch critic of Israel.

    The Central Council of Jews in Germany and the political activist group Scholars for Peace in the Middle East are among groups that have...

  • Authors return to scene of Israeli espionage

    July 18, 2012 | 5:22 pm

    We think we have some important stories to tell, and thus we returned to the subject of Israeli espionage. Our first effort in that field was a book in 1990 titled “Every Spy a Prince.” Twenty-two years later, we spoke with more people and got more stories — about recent...

  • Hungarian Jews seek removal of anti-Semitic writers from curriculum

    June 25, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Hungarian Jews urged the government to take four anti-Semitic authors off the national high school curriculum.

    Hungary’s opposition Socialist Party, meanwhile, pleaded with the prime minister to curb the “revival” of anti-Semitism in the country.

    The authors—Istvan Sinka, Dezso...

  • ‘Prime Ministers’ author to speak in Beverly Hills

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 15, 2012 | 8:24 pm

    Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who served as a diplomat, speechwriter and prime ministerial adviser in Israeli governments from the 1950s to the 1990s, will speaking this weekend at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills. Avner wrote “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of...

  • ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ author Maurice Sendak dies at 83

    May 8, 2012 | 8:24 am

    Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” has died.

    Sendak, who wrote and illustrated more than 50 children’s books, died Tuesday at the age of 83. He reportedly had suffered a stroke on May 4.

    [JewishJournal.com profiled Sendak in...

  • U.S. author Eggers will not accept Gunter Grass prize in person

    April 17, 2012 | 10:19 am

    American author Dave Eggers said he will not travel to Germany to accept a literary prize from the Gunter Grass Foundation.

    Eggers said in a statement that the organizers should have postponed the award ceremony following the controversy over Grass’ recently published poem claiming...

  • Wolpe vs. Beinart

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    February 13, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Announcing his new book in a hucksterish e-mail to J street members, Peter Beinart details the truths vouchsafed to him and his fellow enlightened acolytes. A brief sampler:

    “I’m looking forward to being with all of you at J Street, since you understand that an American Jewish...

  • Three quick comments on Paul Auster, Turkey and Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 2, 2012 | 10:43 am

    1. One has to admire author Paul Auster’s courageous stand. Responding to the verbal attack by the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Auster insisted that comparisons between Turkey and Israel have no validity:

    “Whatever the Prime Minister might think about the state...

  • Christopher Hitchens: A rabbi remembers a friend and fellow debater

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 16, 2011 | 11:02 am

    In his brilliant history of early modern England, “The Ends of Life,” historian Keith Thomas quotes a translator named George Petrie who wrote in 1581, “The only way to win immortality is either to do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading.”  Christopher...

  • Christopher Hitchens and the fall of a worthy adversary

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 16, 2011 | 10:28 am

    A journalist friend of mine emailed me at 1am Friday morning to tell me that Christopher Hitchens had died. The news brought with it a deep sadness and I instantly recited the Jewish prayer upon hearing of the passing of a friend, “Blessed is the true Judge.” That instinctive...

  • Christopher Hitchens, contrarian who embraced and battled Judaism, dead at 62

    December 16, 2011 | 7:44 am

    Christopher Hitchens, the atheist and iconoclast who discovered in adulthood that he was of Jewish descent, has died.

    Vanity Fair, where much of Hitchens’ work appeared, announced his passing late Thursday night on Twitter. He was 62 and suffering from esophageal cancer.

    Hitchens,...

  • Ragen loses plagiarism suit

    December 12, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Israeli author Naomi Ragen lost a plagiarism suit regarding her best-selling book “Sotah.”

    The Jerusalem District Court ruled Sunday that Ragen, a Jerusalem-based writer, was in breach of copyright with “Sotah” because parts closely resembled the 1990 book “Growing Up with My...

  • Israeli author booted from Marseilles panel

    December 8, 2011 | 10:25 am

    An Israeli author was kicked off a panel discussion in Marseilles at the request of the Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish.

    Moshe Sakal, the author of “Yoland,” which was shortlisted for the 2011 Sapir Prize for literature, was removed Monday from a discussion of the Arab spring at...

  • Israeli author ousted from panel

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 7, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    Israeli author Moshe Sakal was deemed “not crucial” to a panel discussion on the Arab Spring at a literary conference in Marseille and was kicked out of the roundtable discussion according to Haaretz.  The request to remove Sakal came from the Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish who...

  • Author promotes moderate faith for Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 25, 2011 | 7:46 pm

    After their immigration to Southern California more than 30 years ago, the majority of the area’s Iranian Jewish community poured their energies into re-establishing themselves financially. Following their success, some Iranian Jews have turned their attention to promoting...

  • Author charged in Jewish online dating scam

    October 10, 2011 | 11:07 am

    American author Mitchell Gross was indicted for allegedly scamming women he met on an online Jewish dating service.

    Gross, 61, of Marietta, Ga., pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges when he was arraigned late last week in federal court in Atlanta, according to...

  • The New Yorker’s Bruce Eric Kaplan on His New Book and Judd Apatow TV Series

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 3, 2011 | 2:07 am

    Many people know Bruce Eric Kaplan as BEK, the longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker.  But he’s also worked as a writer on the iconic TV shows “Six Feet Under” and “Seinfeld,” where he penned the episode in which Elaine was enraged by a cryptic New Yorker cartoon.

    To say...

  • McEwan defends decision to accept Jerusalem Prize

    January 26, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    British author Ian McEwan defended his decision to accept Israel’s Jerusalem Prize.

    Writing in the the Guardian newspaper Wednesday, McEwan admitted his concerns “about Israel and the situation of the Palestinians, which is worse than ever.” However, he maintained that he would go...

  • Author Ian McEwan to receive Jerusalem Prize

    January 19, 2011 | 11:07 am

    British author Ian McEwan was chosen to receive the prestigious Jerusalem Prize.

    The biennial prize, which will be awarded next month in a ceremony on the opening night of the Jerusalem Book Fair, is Israel’s highest literary honor for foreign writers. The award is given to an...

  • Amos Elon, Israeli Author, Dies at 84

    By JewishJournal.com

    May 26, 2009 | 12:58 pm

    From CNN.com:

    “Amos Elon, an Israeli essayist and author who examined his society’s flaws and myths, explored some of its greatest figures and became for many years its most renowned public intellectual, died Monday in Italy, where he had made his home since 2004. He was 84 [Note: Age corrected from NYTimes article].

    His wife, Beth, said the cause was leukemia.” Read the full story at CNN.com.

    Elon was also a correspondent on European and American affairs for Haaretz.  To read the story on Haaretz.com, click here.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel dead at 96

    October 31, 2008 | 9:23 pm

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author, radio host and activist Studs Terkel died in his Chicago, Illinois, home today at the age of 96.



    Ed Rampell interviewed him for The Journal in 2006:

    In Studs Terkel’s newest book, “And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey” (The New...

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