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Books

  • Panel to share love of comics at June 16 program at Temple Sinai

    By jwadmin on June 12, 2019
    SARATOGA SPRINGS–Temple Sinai, along with Saratoga Jewish Community Arts and the 8th Annual Jewish Cultural Festival, has announced a program that looks at the Jewish roots of comic books, their heroes, and their creators on Sunday, June 16. The  7 p.m. program at Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs will include a dessert reception. Simcha Weinstein, rabbi, lecturer, and author (including […]
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  • Herman Wouk — the Jew in the public square

    By jwadmin on June 12, 2019
    By JONATHAN S. TOBIN (JNS) – Before Joe Lieberman was observing the Sabbath while running for vice president, Steven Spielberg throwing all of his considerable Hollywood weight behind a movie about the Holocaust and other celebrities advertising their Jewish identity and incorporating it in their public work, there was Herman Wouk. The novelist, who died on May 17, just 10 […]
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  • Herman Wouk, legendary author who brought Judaism into the mainstream, dies at 103

    By jwadmin on May 21, 2019
    By RACHEL GORDAN BOSTON (JTA) – Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the American mainstream, died Friday, May 17, at the age of 103. His agent confirmed the news to The Associated Press. Wouk was the author of two dozen novels and works of nonfiction, including […]
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  • Joyce Carol Oates receives Jerusalem Prize

    By jwadmin on May 16, 2019
    (JTA) – Joyce Carol Oates’ grandmother was Jewish, but the author wasn’t aware of that fact until after her grandmother’s death in 1970. After immigrating to America, Oates’ ancestor hid her Jewish heritage from the rest of her family. “I felt an immense loss and sympathy because I never really knew that my grandmother was Jewish, so my whole cultural […]
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  • Eson to review Mary Morris’ book at AJCC on March 13

    By jwadmin on March 6, 2019
    ALBANY–The Albany Jewish Community Center will kick off the 2019 Book Mavens series on Wednesday, March 13, 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Center’s Massry Senior Center, 340 Whitehall Rd., with a review by retired educator Judy Arian-Eson of Mary Morris’ Gateway to the Moon. According to organizers, the historical novel tells a story about those who survived the Spanish Inquisition […]
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  • A tribute to the late Amos Oz could be a return to the  centrality of Hebrew in Jewish life

    By jwadmin on January 16, 2019
    By JONATHAN S. TOBIN (JNS) – For those who only know Israel as a field of political combat, Amos Oz was just a writer with a point of view about his country’s basic political and security dilemmas. Oz’s advocacy for the two-state solution and his dim view of the current Israeli government, as well as many of its predecessors, figured prominently […]
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  • Journalist Mike DeMasi to speak at Gates’ senior luncheon on Jan. 16

    By jwadmin on January 9, 2019
    SCHENECTADY– Mike DeMasi, journalist and area resident, will discuss his new book, What They Said: 25 Years of Telling Stories at the Congregation Gates of Heaven “Senior Moments” lunch and program on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The program, free and open to the community, is from noon to 2 p.m. at the temple, 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady. DeMasi has been writing […]
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  • Amos Oz, a ‘saintly intellectual’ who turned Israel’s national reality into literature

    By jwadmin on January 2, 2019
    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Amos Oz would often speak in the kind of tossed-off epigrams that come only with a lot of practice. But just when you wanted to smack him for his breezy erudition, he would redeem himself with a flash of spot-on — and hilarious — self-awareness. Chronicling A Bridge Collapse In 2011, speaking at […]
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  • Prof. Rozett to discuss book by Ayelet Waldman at B’nai Sholom

    By jwadmin on January 1, 2019
    ALBANY–B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation continues its 2018-19 “Synagogue Scholars” series with a book discussion led by Prof. Martha Rozett. She will discuss Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman following the congregation’s Friday, Jan. 11, Shabbat service. The service and program will begin at 8 p.m. B’nai Sholom is located at 420 Whitehall Rd., Albany.         Waldman’s historical novel combines interlocking episodes from three times […]
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  • Alice Walker endorses anti-Semitic tract in a New York Times Book Review interview

    By jwadmin on December 21, 2018
    By SAM SOKOL NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker has come under criticism after endorsing a book by anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist David Icke. In an interview with The New York Times Book Review, Walker — who is best known for her book The Color Purple, detailing the hardships of African-American women in the early part of the 20th century […]
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