The summer season offers some remarkable opportunities for face-to-face encounters with authors who are celebrated not merely for their celebrity but for the quality of their written work. To be sure, Kendall Jenner will be touting “Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and...
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“Vicar of Baghdad” says nothing short of US ground troops will halt ISIS
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May 28, 2014 | 2:16 pm
February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm
When Erica Silverman was looking for a subject for her latest children's nonfiction book, she decided to seek inspiration from one of the most famous Jewish writers of all time, Sholom Aleichem.
With pathos and humor, Sholom Aleichem amused generations of fin-de-siecle Jews with his...
August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Kehillat Ma'arav, a Conservative synagogue in Santa Monica, thinks it has a winning formula for the eternal challenge of Hebrew school.
First, it did away with Sunday school, which was constantly competing with sports, music, tutoring and family activities. The Tuesday program was...
April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm
“The Destruction of the European Jews” (Third Edition) by Raul Hilberg ( Yale University Press, 2003).
“The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy September 1939-March 1942” by Christopher R. Browning, with contributions by Jurgen Matthaus (...
December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"The Final Solution: A Story of Detection" by Michael Chabon (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins, $16.95).
Depending on their authors' predilections, so-called "literary" novels are often unsettling, disturbing, enlightening or tragicomic. They are not, in the main, much fun. Fun is left...
November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Today, the only remaining signs of the hardy Jewish pioneers of Namaqualand are a cemetery and a synagogue, which is now a museum.
But these Jews -- who first arrived in this remote, arid region of South Africa in the mid-1850s -- once numbered as many as 200 and played an important...
November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"Meritocracy: A Love Story," by Jeffrey Lewis. (Other Books, $18).
"Dancing With Einstein: A Novel," by Kate Wenner. (Scribner, $24).
"When She Sleeps," by Leora Krygier. (The Toby Press, $19.95).
The memory of the Holocaust has haunted the Jewish imagination for three...
November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
TAKE A LOOK, IT'S IN A BOOK On Sunday, Nov. 14,
come to the second annual
Jewish Children's Bookfest
from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
at the Triangle, Mount Sinai Memorial Park
(6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley,
exit the 118 West at Yosemite).
Children and their...
October 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm
It was in Poland's primeval forests, where bison roamed amidst labyrinths of poplar and maple trees that Daniel Libeskind first began to understand concepts of land, space, shelter and natural resources, themes that would be the underpinnings of his career as an architect.
January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Earlier this year, two remarkable authors came to town and changed the way I thought about being Jewish.
Frederic Brenner, the French photographer, came to speak about his new book, "Diaspora: Exiles at Home" (HarperCollins). The product of 25 years of work, the book contains...
December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm
December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm
What do four Jewish American writers talk about when they sit down together to discuss their craft? If the program, "The Next Generation of Jewish American Writing," held at the Skirball Cultural Center earlier this month is any indication, the answer is that they try as hard as they...
July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm
"Mr. S, My Life With Frank Sinatra" by George Jacobs and William Stadiem is this summer's guilty pleasure. Jacobs was Frank Sinatra's valet from 1953 to 1968, and his memoirs are the excuse for a polished backstage tour of Sinatraland, a roller-coaster ride of the high life and the...
July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm
The hit play "Jewtopia" began when Sam Wolfson and Bryan Fogel envisioned two guys at a temple singles mixer with "Hava Nagila" pumping. "We decided the gentile was there because he likes Jewish girls, and the Jew was there because of family pressure," Fogel said.
The scene evolved...
June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Assuming a father already possesses his children's love, honor and respect, what more could he wish for? How about the power of persuasion? Sure, the little critters might love us, but how can we get them to obey us?
In this quest, fathers of the English-speaking world will find a...
October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Jonathan Foer's award-winning book, "Everything Is Illuminated," is a fictionalized road trip to a Ukrainian shtetl, mirroring the young author's own family history quest. Crime fiction writer Rochelle Krich, the Orthodox daughter of Holocaust survivors, is starting a new series with...
August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm
When two friends who are torn apart by the Holocaust discover nearly 40 years later that they live in the same New York neighborhood, some would call it "coincidence."
Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal call it a "small miracle."
The two friends have taken the "small miracle"...
November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm
By Michael Aushenker, Community Editor
Comedy maven Mel Brooks with his partner-in-crime, CarlReiner.
"Send in the Jews!" Mel Brooks shouted, throwing the floodgatesopen for the scores of fans who valiantly fought the drizzle lastWednesday evening, Nov. 19, to meet him and his "Your...