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  • What we talk about when we talk about Nathan Englander’s new story collection

    March 30, 2012 | 11:55 am

    Thirteen years ago, Nathan Englander’s debut story collection, “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges,” brought its then twenty-something author his initial fame. Eight years later came the publication of a first novel, “The Ministry of Special Cases.” This year brings...

  • ‘Living Lens’ celebrates 110 years of The Forward in pictures

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The New York Post may be the oldest continuously operating daily publication in the United States, but The Forward, which began publication in 1897 during the waves of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe, was the first paper in this country to have a national readership. In its...
  • NCJF: A treasury of Jewish cinema

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Sharon Pucker Rivo recently dropped by my home to talk about the National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF) and left behind a catalog of the center's holdings.

    It's rare that a catalog makes for spellbinding reading, but I discovered in it a new and fascinating picture of pulsating...

  • Originality trumps repetition in the holiday songs battle

    By George Robinson

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I will be frank. I'm tired of hearing the same holiday songs over and over. So the best Chanukah present I've received this year is a pile of Chanukah-themed CDs with lots of new holiday songs, many of them quite good. Here's what crossed my desk this December.

    The Klezmatics:...

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  • Holy Moses—The Getty’s latest collection puts a Christian perspective on the leader, lawgiver and

    By Tom L. Freudenheim

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago I was leading a group of American Jews on a tour of sites in Eastern Europe. Convinced that the narrative and psychological history of Poland cannot be understood without a visit to Jasna Gora, the great pilgrimage church in Czestochowa, and a view of its devotional...
  • Whose ‘Land’ Is It?

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Barbara Grover had traveled the world photographing such heart-wrenching subjects as children living in trash dumps, but it was a garlic braid and a pair of kids' shoes in a bombed-out house that moved her most of all.

    That house belonged to Salah Shehada, commander of Hamas'...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    "The Nanny's" Fran Drescher whines her way into hearts once again, as she hosts the Jewish Television Network's one-hour, all-the-stops-pulled-out"A Chanukah Celebration." Today on PBS, Fran shares her own Chanukah memories, then introduces each of the segments that...

  • Symphonies in Paint

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When she was 18 years old, Desy Safán-Gerard conducted an a cappella choir in her native Chile and won a yearlong scholarship to study musical composition in Jerusalem.

    Today, the Venice-based artist has long since left music, but not her love of it. Now an abstract painter and...

  • Dr. Louis Shub

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Louis Shub, longtime library director of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Jack and Bel Ostrow Library, died  March 10 of pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 89.

    Shub is credited with building the UJ's library from a modest collection to one of the...

  • Russia Returns 16 Long-Sought Books

    By Lev Krichevsky

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Lubavitch movement is celebrating the transfer of 16 more religious books to a Lubavitch-run synagogue in Moscow. But it is unclear when -- and indeed, if -- the balance of the thousands of books that make up the "Schneerson Library" will come into the ultra-Orthodox group's...

  • Check Out the Library’s New Digs

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sally Hyam didn't mind working on her birthday. A librarian for the last 19 years at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA), Hyam was actually delighted that some 40 visitors were checking out books and videos at the opening reception celebrating the library's new...

  • Artifacts of a Survivor

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In 1949, 16-year-old Ernest Michel never dreamed that the very belt and pants he wore at Auschwitz would become treasured relics in a special exhibit. At the time, the young labor camp inmate was more concerned with survival. Now at age 79, the former executive vice president of the...

  • Israel’s Best Hangs

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Israel in Crisis: 20 Years of Israeli Art, 1980-2000," a summerlong avant-garde art exhibit at The Jewish Federation's Bell Family Gallery, distills some of the best painters who have brought about a revolution in the Israeli art scene.

    The collection is courtesy of Michael...

  • Dead Sea Scrolls Visit Santa Ana

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    An Iron Age stone fragment that bears the first known reference outside the Bible to King David will be among the works shown in October during "The Holy Land: David Roberts, Dead Sea Scrolls, House of David Inscription" at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana. It will be a...

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