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What’s so good about Israel? Let me tell you!

By Shira Kaplan

July 16, 2008 | 11:02 pm

The hills of Judea
From Wikipedia.org

It took me six years of living abroad to love Israel as passionately as I do. As soon as I returned from two months of living in China, two years of high school in Italy and four years of... read full article
  • In which the writer discovers Nextbook’s new read on culture

    By Tom Tugend

    July 10, 2008 | 12:58 am

    "A man should live, if only to satisfy his curiosity."

    The Yiddish proverb, tacked to the wall of my study, came to mind when curiosity -- and the assignment to entertain my visiting young grandsons -- led me to the Nextbook festival.

    It's a personal embarrassment, or the fault of...

  • S.F.‘s new Contemporary Jewish Museum meshes art, ideas and architecture

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 5, 2008 | 2:34 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO [JTA] -- The Contemporary Jewish Museum, set to open Sunday, June 8, in its new San Francisco location, is a grand celebration of what Jewish sensibilities can contribute to the American cultural experience.

    It's also the latest example of the Jewish museum as event...

  • Preschool education gets a new Italian accent

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 5, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Aah, Italy.

    The mere mention evokes images of lush Tuscan landscapes, museums filled with masterpieces and ... pedagogy?

    The land of Michelangelo and da Vinci is also known for a progressive approach to early childhood education named for the northern Italian town where it started...

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  • Artists channel Genesis and Kabbalah in new museum’s inaugural exhibit

    By Joe Eskenazi

    June 5, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    In "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the fiendish French archaeologist Belloq describes the eponymous ark as "A transmitter -- radio for talking to God!"

    Well, we all know how that worked out. God, apparently, was on the Do Not Call list.

    So rather than speak to God, artist Ben Rubin...

  • Finding Judaism in the great outdoors

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 3, 2008 | 2:50 pm

    BERKELEY(JTA)—There were about two dozen people on Rabbi Mike Comins’ Torah Trek in Tilden Park here.

    Most members and friends of Chochmat HaLev, a Jewish Renewal-style community, had hiked a lot. Many had prayed or meditated. Some had done both together.

    But none, the hikers...

  • Tale of the ‘Stranger’ leaps from book to musical

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    It was 1985, and many of the Ethiopian Jews who'd been airlifted from Sudan were being housed in a hotel in Netanya, Israel. When writer Sonia Levitin entered the temporary nursery, she was particularly struck by all the babies and toddlers who'd been born since their families had...
  • Jazz: Made in New Orleans

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    It's 2 a.m., and there's a crowd on St. Peter's Street in New Orleans' French Quarter; people are waiting to see the Stanton Moore Trio play Preservation Hall.

    Midnight and early morning shows during Jazzfest are part of a new tradition initiated by Benjamin Jaffe, Preservation...

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