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Biography Tells of Hiding in a ‘High Nest’ from the Nazis

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This is a biography of two Dutch Jewish sisters who survived much of World War II living under assumed identities in a country villa located on a high knoll in the middle of the...

“From Kabul to Queens: the Jews of Afghanistan”

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‘From Kabul to Queens: the Jews of Afghanistan and Their Move to the United States,’ a new book, on a topic which has not widely been explored, was presented and discussed by the author...

Novel Relates Tangled Lives of Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivor, Neo-Nazi

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This well-written book is about people, specifically the two main characters, who have psychological and sexual hang-ups and issues which complicate their lives, as well as those of the people around them. The chapters...

Rabbi’s new book offers spiritual boot camp for High Holidays

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In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Rabbi Mark Wildes, founder and director of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), was looking for ways to keep students and young adults engaged with Judaism and each...

Following Grandma’s WWII Path Leads Author to Self-Discovery

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When Sergiusz Scheller left his home in Poland to move to America to be with his bride, Rachael Cerrotti, his mother Danuta told him, “We share the same sky.  We look at the same...

“The Mystery of the Missing Pitom”, by Beverly Mach Geller

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After Yosef, his brothers and father built their sukah, they went to buy a lulav and etrog. Yosef is fascinated by its fragrance and can’t wait until the holiday arrives to smell it again....

‘Pray Away’ Reveals Religious Fraud

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John and Anne Paulk were the public faces of the “ex-gay” movement. Married with children, they did the talk-show circuit (Oprah, Springer, 60 Minutes) asserting that Divine Intervention had “delivered” them from their “sexually...

STEM, STEAM, and Now STREAM Children’s Books

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Educators long have worked with STEM curricula — emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  When artists declared such curricula were too limiting, the notion of STEAM was introduced.  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Now,...

‘Riding the Edge’ Is a Memoir of Self-Discovery

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In the context of the Middle East, to which they traveled by way of a tortuous, yet exhilarating bike safari through Europe, the Jewish Michael Tobin and his Lebanese-Christian girlfriend Deborah were problematic candidates...

My Father’s Paradise: Book about Kurdish Jews and the Aramaic Language

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About 15 years ago, a student of mine with blue eyes told me he was a Kurdish Jew. I was surprised because most of my Kurdish students at Grossmont College in nearby El Cajon...