Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

A novelistic look at the Nazi Olympics

Oliver Hilmes, an acclaimed biographer of Alma Mahler, Cosima Wagner, Franz Liszt and others, turns his sights on the 1936 Berlin Games, the “Nazi Olympics,” in Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August (Other Press). Employing an innovative novelistic approach, the author sketches the strange milieu — Nazi officials, diplomats, writers, socialites and locals — gathered […]

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The punchline is in Yiddish

Schvitz, delis and Yiddish: Becoming an old Jewish man by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor I’m not quite sure when the moment is that you become old. I don’t think I’m there yet, but I’m almost 50, so I’m getting close. Someone did call me “grandpa” in an online argument the other day, and that […]

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Jewish food made healthy

The Healthy Jewish Kitchen mixes Jewish cooking with avocados and coconut milk by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor There is no question the traditional Askenazi-American diet can be a little heavy. While historians make the case that the Jews of Europe lived mostly on fish and vegetables, which were cheap and plentiful, when they came […]

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

A family affair: David and Tovah Feldshuh

Illusion Theater’s Dancing with Giants features the talents of brother and sister David and Tovah Feldshuh By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Dancing with Giants, playing at the Illusion Theater Feb. 8-24, is a world-premiere drama about two world-class boxers and the Jewish agent who formed an unexpected link for them, both inside and outside of the ring. […]

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

‘Final Stop, Algiers’: An insider’s tale of Mossad

Final Stop, Algiers, by Mishka Ben-David, translated by Ronnie Hope, Overlook Press, 368 pages, $26.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Life can be difficult when you’re torn among three loves. Mickey Simhoni is a graduate of Israel’s famed Bezalel academy whose paintings and drawings sell readily, if under someone else’s name. Religiously unobservant, he loves Israel, […]