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January 2010 Web Extra

Books: Digging for History and Finding Love
Joan Baum
Despite a bland title, a too-effusive dedication and acknowledgements page, and a prologue that would have served better in the unfolding narrative, Zoe Klein’s debut novel about archaeology, romantic and spiritual love, biblical scrolls, ancient history, friendship and modern-day Israel soon becomes an enthralling, deeply moving and gripping adventure story more...


Brief Reviews: Wit, Warmth and Comedy on New York Stage
Zero Mostel’s ferocious talent, razor wit and volatility come to life in this one-man show set in Mostel’s art studio during an imagined interview. more...


Commentary: What Don’t You Understand About All Israel?
Jay Michaelson
The story of Israel, it has often been remarked, is a tale of two cities: secular Tel Aviv and religious Jerusalem. more...


Cut & Post
Israel is once again on the cruising map, after being shunned for years as an unsafe haven. more...


Editor's Wrapup: Linked In
Zelda Shluker
Devotion to family, community and country sounds like a given to most of us. But sometimes, the extent of family, or definition of community, and even devotion to country is not so clear. more...


Family Matters: A Dream Remembered
Allan Rabinowitz
Fond recollections of a youthful self infuse the bric-a-brac of childhood, whether it is a beloved doll, a well–used ball or a coveted music box. more...


Guide to the Arts
Your source for currents exhibits, theater and film across the United States. more...


Inside Hadassah: A Therapy of Salt; a Peppering of Yiddish
Ruth G. Cole
There is much to celebrate in this season. The Hanukka story expresses our Jewish courage and commitment; we light our menoras and rejoice in the miracle of the Maccabees more...


Interview: Nir Barkat
Charley J. Levine
Nir Barkat, 50, the successful high-tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, was elected mayor of Jerusalem in November 2008, pledging to improve life in the city through growth and efficient management. more...


Israeli Life: Jewel in the Rough
Barbara Sofer
Michal Negrin's floral, ornate earrings and necklaces have a large and devoted following; and her shops, located around the world, are the places where her romantic aesthetic is given free rein. more...


Letter from Amsterdam: Coming to Terms With Home
Toby Axelrod
The Dutch Jewish community was decimated under the Nazis. Today, the Liberal congregation in Amsterdam is moving optimistically into the future. more...


Letter from Haifa: An Official Language Gets More Respect
Shoshana London Sappir
Adapting an ancient language for a modern population, the Arabic Language Academy is working to expand the vocabulary of Israeli Arabs while maintaining their cultural integrity. more...


Letters to the Editor: A Debate on Settlements; Toronto for Jews
Jay Michaelson’s “Commentary: Gedaliah in the Eye of the Beholder” (August/September issue) starts with a glaring historical error and goes on to more serious errors of misjudgment. more...


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Planting a Forest of Family Trees
Esther Hecht
Sallyann Amdur Sack was deeply involved in her career as a clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C., when her 15-year-old daughter came home from camp and announced that she wanted to research the family tree. more...


President's Column: A Book for Sore Eyes
Nancy Falchuk
Those of us in the pro-Israel community often complain that the media focus on Israel is too negative, always concentrating on conflict. more...


Profile: Joshua Bell
Rahel Musleah
The chart-topping violinist reflects on music, family and fatherhood as he looks forward to performances for television, Israeli audiences and an expanded family. more...


The Arts: Memory Has a Home in Queens
Randi Sherman
For students and locals, historians and survivors, the recently opened Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives is a valuable addition to New York's most ethnically diverse borough. more...

Books: Digging for History and Finding Love

Brief Reviews: Wit, Warmth and Comedy on New York Stage

Commentary: What Don’t You Understand About All Israel?

Cut & Post

Editor's Wrapup: Linked In

Family Matters: A Dream Remembered

Guide to the Arts

Inside Hadassah: A Therapy of Salt; a Peppering of Yiddish

Interview: Nir Barkat

Israeli Life: Jewel in the Rough

Letter from Amsterdam: Coming to Terms With Home

Letter from Haifa: An Official Language Gets More Respect

Letters to the Editor: A Debate on Settlements; Toronto for Jews

Masthead

Member Memorabilia

Planting a Forest of Family Trees

President's Column: A Book for Sore Eyes

Profile: Joshua Bell

The Arts: Memory Has a Home in Queens

 
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