Entries from February 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Buczacz: The life and death of a Jewish town

Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz, by Omer Bartov, 398 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Little is needed to shatter the veneer of ethnic coexistence, as tragically illustrated in Buczacz, once an attractive city in Galicia, now in western Ukraine. In 1921, its 13,000 […]

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Lee Friedlander brings his camera to the party

Yale University Press has published another volume in its series documenting the work of renowned photographer Lee Friedlander. Parties: The Human Clay is the fourth of six volumes scheduled for release over three years (8.14.15 AJW). As the title indicates, most of the photos are candid shots from parties, 1962-2016. Two of them depict smoky […]

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Yehuda Hyman: An ‘Indecent’ dance

Choreographer Yehuda Hyman discusses bringing Jewish dance to the Guthrie by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Paula Vogel’s play Indecent, opening Feb. 23 at the Guthrie, presents a special, explicitly Jewish challenge in staging. The play is filled with music — there is a live klezmer band onstage — and, over the course of the […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Meet Lester Wolff

Oldest living former member of Congress — who was targeted for death five times — tells all By BEN SALES MUTTONTOWN, N.Y. (JTA) – Lester Wolff served eight terms in the House of Representatives, which is slightly above average for lawmakers. But he has a distinction few of his colleagues share: He was targeted for […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Are Israel and Iran headed for war?

Iran sent a drone from Syria into Israeli airspace and Israel shot it down and retaliated, then Syria shot down an Israeli F-16 By BEN SALES (JTA) — Israel and Iran have been clashing for years. But on Saturday, their war of words briefly became an actual fight. In short succession, Iran sent a drone […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Israeli politicians say ‘there’s nothing to it,’ then end up in jail

There are a dozen or so Cabinet-level Israeli politicians who brushed off criminal charges, only to find themselves in a different kind of hole By RON KAMPEAS (JTA) — Police are recommending charges of bribery and breach of trust against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s saying the case police have made is “full of […]

Monday, February 12th, 2018

We, too: Addressing sexual harassment and assault

In the #MeToo moment, we, as girls and women, learn to assert ourselves, gain confidence and act bravely, and boys and men are taught what is acceptable and what is not By EMANUELLE WIRTSCHAFTER SIPPY In Little Women, Louisa May Alcott wrote: “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail […]

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Minyanim: Reviving Judaism in Hungary

Tomi Büchler co-founded and helps lead Minyanim, an initiative to develop the next generation of European Jewish leaders By MORDECAI SPECKTOR The Jewish community of Hungary is not like that of Minnesota. Hungarian Jewry was decimated in the Shoah; and those Jews who survived the Nazi cataclysm and returned to their homeland suffered repression during […]

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Paula Vogel: Guardian of culture

Playwright Paula Vogel explains how her play Indecent caused her to reconnect with Judaism by MAX SPARBER Community News Editor Paula Vogel, who has long been one of America’s premier playwrights, nonetheless has experienced an unexpected late-career success, with an unexpected play. Vogel’s past plays have tended to be relatively contemporary, American stories, often semi-autobiographical. […]

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

David Margulies: Betraying a mentor

Lessons can be learned from David Margulies’ Collected Stories By DORIS RUBENSTEIN Collected Stories, opening Feb. 24 at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, has only two characters, but the accolades it has garnered over the years since its 1996 debut pack a mighty theatrical wallop. To start with, David Margulies’ play won the Los Angeles Drama […]