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Books

  • Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

    By jwadmin on May 24, 2018
    By Charles McGrath TheNew York Times Philip Roth, the prolific, protean, and often blackly comic novelist who was a pre-eminent figure in 20th-century literature, died on Tuesday night at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 85. The writer Judith Thurman, a close friend, said the cause was congestive heart failure. Mr. Roth had homes in Manhattan and Connecticut. In the course […]
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  • Rabbi Gulack to discuss book with AJCC Book Mavens

    By jwadmin on May 23, 2018
    ALBANY–The Albany Jewish Community Center plans a Book Mavens session, open to the community, June 6,  from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Albany JCC’s Massry Senior Center, 340 Whitehall Rd. Rabbi Susan Gulack will review If All the Seas Were Ink by Ilana Kurshan. According to organizers, in her memoir, Kurshan gleans wisdom from the Talmud during a time of personal crisis. Gulack is […]
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  • David Grossman named winner of 2018 Israel Prize for Literature

    By jwadmin on February 16, 2018
    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Author David Grossman has been named the winner of the 2018 Israel Prize for Literature. “Since the early ’80s, Grossman has taken center stage in the Israeli culture scene. He is one of the most profound, moving and influential voices in our literature,” the prize committee wrote. The Israel Prize is awarded each year in a  public […]
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  • Jewish interaction with the mob to be theme of Bethlehem Chabad speaker on Feb. 15

    By jwadmin on February 7, 2018
    ALBANY – Myron Sugerman, author of The Chronicles of The Last Jewish Gangster: From Meyer to Myron will visit Bethlehem Chabad, 393 Delaware Ave., Delmar, on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. to tell of how the history of the mob and the history of Jews in America are intertwined. Sugerman, of Newark, N.J., a slot machine installation specialist, for […]
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  • Remembering Aharon Appelfeld, from charnel house to whorehouse to a home in Israel

    By jwadmin on January 5, 2018
    By THANE ROSENBAUM NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Arguably the world’s greatest writer of fiction about the world’s foremost nonfiction atrocity, the Holocaust, died Thursday, Jan. 4, in Israel. Aharon Appelfeld, a Holocaust survivor himself and one of the icons of Israel’s first generation, was 85. No writer captured and reclaimed the lost world of European Jewish life with as much […]
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  • Judah Maccabee went to the doctor. Then the anti-Vaxxers got very mad.

    By jwadmin on December 13, 2017
    By VICTOR WISHNA NEW YORK CITY (JTA)  – Like any self-respecting author, Ann D. Koffsky checks her Amazon rankings on a regular basis. “A little bit ridiculously,” she acknowledged. Yet when she noticed the rating for her most recent book had dropped to one-star overnight, it wasn’t so funny — especially once she started reading the user reviews. “This book is […]
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  • Publisher recalls books by Lithuanian writer who triggered debate about the Holocaust

    By jwadmin on November 2, 2017
    By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – One of the oldest publishing houses in independent Lithuania withdrew the books of a best-selling author over her criticism of a nationalist who is accused of complicity in Holocaust-era crimes. The recall of Rūta Vanagaitė’s books came one day after she revealed that she is in a relationship with Efraim Zuroff, an […]
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  • 9 Jewish books to read this summer

    By jwadmin on July 5, 2017
    BY VICTOR WISHNA NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Sure, winter might seem like the ideal time of year for curling up with a good book, but summer is when you might actually have time to read. So before these warm months all too swiftly fade to fall, here are some Jewish-themed titles, from a wide range of genres, to fill your […]
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  • Kirk Douglas: How the 100-year-old found true love

    By jwadmin on June 26, 2017
    By TOM TUGEND LOS ANGELES (JTA) – When movie star Kirk Douglas married Anne Buydens in Las Vegas, the justice of the peace asked Anne to raise her hand and repeat after him, “I take thee, Kirk, for my lawful husband.” Anne, who had recently arrived in the United States from Europe, raised her hand and proudly proclaimed, “I take thee, […]
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  • 7 new kids’ books for Passover, from seder guides to stories

    By jwadmin on April 5, 2017
    By PENNY SCHWARTZ NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – From the wizardry of Harry Potter that echoes with Passover’s themes to a cartoon frog who wisecracks his way through the seder, this year’s new crop of Passover books for kids offers something for all ages and interests. The selection of fresh reads, including two family-friendly Haggadahs, also includes an unusual Jewish immigrant tale […]
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