Monday, September 15, 2014 Elul 20, 5774

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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
The date was Dec. 15, 1898. Congregation Kesher Israel at 412 Lombard St. was decked out in American and "Jewish colors," according to an article that appeared in the Jewish Exponent at the time. Early American Zionist leaders Dr. Schepschel Schaffer and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, who had both attended the Second Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, just weeks earlier,...
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For American Jews who grew up in the 1950s and '60s, the appearance of Leon Uris' novel Exodus in 1958 -- and the inevitable Hollywood blockbuster drawn from it, which premiered in 1960 -- was an unprecedented event. Our parents and their contemporaries made the book a best-seller. I would bet most Jewish teenagers can recall seeing a copy of...
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Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Purim is a crazy, "anything goes" holiday, where it's even encouraged to drink heavily. Kids and adults alike masquerade in costumes. Girls love to be Queen Esther, with sparkly crowns and dresses; for boys, it's the wicked Haman, with big false nose, floppy ears and the notorious tricorn hat. During services, Haman is mocked with groggers, booing, hissing and the...
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No country for old minyans? In a modern-day movie milieu where the au courant currency exchange at the box office seems to be blood money, does a nice movie that is heartfelt and haimisch have a prayer? If it's "Praying With Lior," which focuses on the davening dervish of a phenomenon that is Lior Liebling, it does. Indeed, it has...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's not surprising that, after more than 35 years of reporting on the people, history and culture of the Middle East, American journalist Robin Wright's fifth book should focus on this volatile, chameleon-like region. Dreams and Shadows , just released by Penguin Press, is subtitled The Future of the Middle East . Wright's assignments for various prestigious publications have sent...
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