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  • Jewish world mourns passing of ex-Polish PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki

    October 29, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Poland’s first post-Communist prime minister, was being remembered by the Jewish world for fighting anti-Semitism and as a friend of Israel.

    Mazowiecki, a former journalist, died Monday in Warsaw. He was 86.

    “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great...

  • Romney/Ryan and the lullaby of lying

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 27, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    It shouldn’t have taken Todd Akin’s crackpot contraception comment to alert us that Paul Ryan thinks rape is just another “method of conception.” 

    If the news media hadn’t grown blasé about the Republican war on women, plenty of pre-Akin Americans would have already known that...

  • Distinct voices

    August 27, 2012 | 11:15 am

    A cantata is a musical composition typically composed of solos, duets, and other forms for voice, sung with instrumental accompaniment. Thus framed, the title of Jeffrey Lewis’s latest novel, “Berlin Cantata” (Haus, $15, ISBN 978-1-907822-43-8), aligns nicely with the book’s...

  • Supermarket Memories…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 9, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    Every time I’m at the Supermarket, I start to remember my very first trip to one just like it.  When you come to America from the former Soviet Union and enter ANY grocery store, you are bound to go into shock.  As I’ve written before, the shelves of U.S.S.R.’s grocery stores...

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  • Oh Sarah Palin, what nonsense fell out of your mouth now…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 7, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Before I start, I’d just like to acknowledge that apparently, or should I say allegedly Sarah Palin’s knowledge of American history came from her misguided ten-year-old daughter.  That or she was raised by wolves in the forest.  That is the only explanation that I could find to her...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • An Artistic Homage to Big Brother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Not many artists begin an ambitious new series at 76, but Arnold Mesches did just that after receiving a large box stuffed with FBI documents in 1999. It had taken the Jewish American painter three years and dozens of letters to obtain the 760-page dossier, his FBI file from 1945 to...

  • Comic Book Icon Battles Everyday Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the biopic "American Splendor," cranky comic book icon Harvey Pekar frets in the supermarket. "This may be the shortest line, but I'm taking a risk because it's an old Jewish lady," he says. When the woman argues with the manager, he storms out of the store.

    The banal but...

  • Lighten Up

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With the demise of the former Soviet Union and the fall of communism in the early '90s, the story of Soviet Jewry's battle for survival appears to be ancient history. Yet one of the truly remarkable books of our time is the autobiography of one of the famous refuseniks, Yosef...

  • Unintended Consequences

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "I tell you, there was never a trip like this before. The motives are terribly sad, but we are going to have a lot of fun. This is another dimension of history." With these words, Arnost Lustig and Jan Wiener, both Jewish survivors of the Shoah, embark on a trip to the Europe of...
  • A Jewish Renaissance

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A decade ago, the Jewish communities in communist-dominated Eastern and Central Europe were generally written off as dying remnants of the pre-Holocaust past. Forty years of communist restrictions -- and decades more than that in what was then the Soviet Union -- had compounded the...
  • Bulgarian Rhapsody

    By Larry Gordon

    February 12, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    The exterior of the 1909 Central Synagogue inSofia. Below, Robert Djerassi, a Bulgarian official of the "JewishJoint" agency on a stairway of the Jewish Community Center with astar of David as part of the rail design

    Photos by Larry Gordon

    When I was asked to teach at a...

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