Sunday, May 24, 2015 Sivan 6, 5775
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In her chatty introduction to With Strength and Splendor: Jewish Women as Agents of Change, published by the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) notes that this is a truly extraordinary time for women. Not only have doors opened and any number of barriers fallen, but women are truly in positions of power. She points out that...
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A decade ago, Carole S. Kessner published an eye-opening book called The "Other" New York Jewish Intellectuals . Her thesis was that while writers like Lionel Trilling, Irving Howe and Philip Rahv were known and respected in intellectual circles worldwide, there existed at the same time another group of New York-based Jewish writers, who were not so widely known but...
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Landmark of the Spirit by Annie Polland, which has been published by Yale University Press, tells the stirring story -- in words and pictures -- of how the Eldridge Street Synagogue on New York's Lower East Side was restored to its original pristine beauty after decades of decay. When it opened in September 1887, the synagogue was located at the...
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Johanna Reiss, born in rural Holland, was hidden during the Holocaust along with her older sister. A neighbor couple in their farming village took the girls in and watched over them for very nearly three years, right up until the war's end. These simple facts, complex in their resonance, gave Reiss the material she needed to eventually write her two...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Call it the greatest story ever re -told. Jewish Publication Society CEO and editor-in-chief Ellen Frankel is gearing up for the launch of the JPS Illustrated Children's Bible , as retold by Frankel and illustrator Avi Katz, set for release next month. The hardbound book collects 53 stories from the Hebrew Bible -- culled from the 1985 JPS translation --...
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