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Tale of a Jewish girl hidden during the Shoah

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Author Bart Van Es knew about Lien de Jong, the Jewish girl who was provided a home and a new identity with his grandparents during the time the Nazis occupied Holland. However, after such...

Fun Yener Zayt Shvel: Geklibene Artiklen fun Sheva Tsuker

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געקליבענע אַרטיקלען פֿונעם זשורנאַל אויפֿן שוועל פֿון שבֿע צוקער On the Other Side of the Threshold Selected Articles from the Magazine Afn Shvel by Sheva Zucker "The essays gathered in this volume convey their author’s extraordinary energy and passionate commitment to...

“Der Bund in Bilder, 1957-1897” (The Bund in images, 1957-1897), download it and read...

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Jewish labor organizing wasn’t limited to the United States. In 1897, organizers meeting in Minsk founded the Jewish Labor Bund to champion the rights of Jewish workers in Russia and Poland. The movement spread...

“Who will write our history”, by Samuel Kassow

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The Germans killed the people, the Russians the intellectuals and the others killed our memory wanting to make us believe that we died like sheep when the reality is exactly the opposite; the Jews...

Spontaneous Lines: The Art of Rita Blitt

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The bountiful new book, Rita Blitt: Around and Round (Tra Publishing, 2020), looks back at the long and prolific career of this notable American artist. If Blitt’s work is about anything then it is about the...

When hippies invented their own Judaism

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Take yourself back to the 1960s and 1970s when Jewish hippies envisioned creating their own brand of Judaism. Kosher food mixed with marijuana. Come as you are davening with cushions in a circle, instead...

Ellis Island and the name ‘Kaputnik’

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Visiting my family in this Contra County town, I happened across a book from the PJ Library titled Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium by Rona Arato.  Now, I’m one of those fellows who...

Book chronicles 4,000 years of Jewish leaders

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Essentials of Jewish History: Jewish Leadership Across 4,000 years, Brandon Marlon, Vallentine Mitchell, London © 2020, ISBN 978-1-912676-18-7, p. 514 plus bibliography and index, $89.95. Jewish presence across the last four thousand years of recorded...

Half-Jewish boy survives Nazi school

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The Boy Who Saw in Colours by Lauren Robinson; (c) 2020; ISBN 97818380-533540; 361 pages. This novel arrived unbidden to my reading pile; its author evidently British given that the letter “u” that found its way...

A tale of adventure, romance, and Russian anti-Semitism

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A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum, Grand Central Publishing,  © 2019; ISBN 9781537-46288; 451 pages plus acknowledgments; reading group guide; author Q&A;  $16.99. Now in paperback, A Bend in the Stars takes its name from the...