Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

By:
Ryan Teitman
The students tuned violins, cellos and guitars. They assembled trombones and saxophones as they milled about the room. They plucked and tooted on their instruments, individually warming up for what awaited them that particular Sunday morning. But when teacher Rachel Lemisch entered the room, she gathered the disparate players together in a way that made clear that this was a...
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The roughly 200 or so people who'd gathered in the social hall at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J., couldn't help but chuckle as the DVD clip from the pre-VCR-era show "All in the Family" played on a giant projection screen. The scene that elicited hearty laughs was taken from a 1972 episode of the landmark series created by...
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How to survive in the postwar world
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The appearance of György Dalos' tragicomic short novel, The Circumcision , released recently in paperback by the enterprising English publisher Marion Boyars, calls to mind a simple but profound fact: Of a certain period of 20th-century history, we know very little. I am speaking of the period from the end of World War II until the fall of the Berlin...
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Israeli author speaks for those with no voice
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RIta Charleston, JE Feature
Critics have praised Talia Carner as "an author with the power to change society," and "one who saves the world one child at a time." A seventh-generation sabra born in Tel Aviv -- and the author of China Doll -- Carner first learned of the atrocities of the Chinese orphanages known as "The Dying Rooms," where the death rate was...
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The traditions of a long-lost land come home, twice
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Deborah Davis, JE Feature
"I want people to see this book as a journey," says Rivka Goldman, author of Mama Nazima's Jewish-Iraqi Cuisine , published in mid-2006. This is more than just a cookbook; it's a tale of exodus, even survival. Goldman intertwines family stories with recipes derived from her mother, Leah Nazima Sofer, so that the book serves both the stomach and the...
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