April 17, 2007 |
Few cities in America have as many survivors of the Holocaust as ours does. For many years large numbers have volunteered to speak in our schools and houses of worship, often despite the pain of recall, about their experiences in concentration camps, ghettos, forest hideaways, underground cells and the like. Youngsters have learned that people can commit almost unspeakable crimes, and that we must prevent and/or end genocidal crimes anywhere, anytime, by any people. Philadelphia's survivors could help show the way by pioneering a new emphasis in telling about their Holocaust lives.
April 27, 2008 |
One afternoon last week, Jonathan C. Friedman was standing in Room 308 of the West Chester University library and showing some of its holdings, such as 70-year-old Jewish newspapers from Leipzig and socialist newspapers from Strassburg. Only on microfilm are there copies of their vilest counterpart - the Voelkische Beobachter, the Nazi newspaper. "This whole room is an incredible resource," Friedman said, waving an arm around what is the WCU Holocaust and Genocide Education Center.
September 18, 1998 |
American society, says author and musician James McBride, sees him as a black man. But when he looks in the mirror, he sees only himself. "If I grew up in a truly color-blind society, I would not be a black American," McBride said. "I wrote this book [The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother] because I wanted people to see that our community is more than our differences. I've talked about this book to people around the world, black, white, Asian, short, tall, and literally I've met people who have had the same experiences growing up. " McBride, 41, the son of a white Jewish mother and a black Baptist minister, spoke this week to ninth through 12th grade students at the private, all-female Baldwin School.
October 26, 1986 |
All along the 1600 block of Borbeck Street, Jewish grandmothers bounced babies in time to the rhythms of the band. Young couples clapped to the beat. Boys wearing yarmulkes joined hands and danced in dizzying circles. "Sukkot is like God hugging us," said Shraga Sherman, a student at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, N.J., as he joined in the celebration of this Feast of Tabernacles, a Jewish harvest holiday observed from the 15th to 22d days of the Hebrew month Tishri.
March 1, 1999 |
Hazy skies and constant rain made for a dreary morning, but it didn't dampen people's spirits at an indoor carnival as dozens of costume-clad children played in a colorfully decorated synagogue yesterday. Parents in tow, the children traipsed from booth to booth at Congregation B'nai Jacob's festivity, a prelude to the Jewish holiday of Purim, which starts at sundown tonight. "It's literally the most joyous day in the entire Jewish calendar," Rabbi David Mayer said. "It's the one day when the [Jewish community really]
January 9, 2008 |
Comedian Carl Reiner is a famously funny man. But on the phone from his home in Los Angeles, chatting about The Jewish Americans, the fascinating three-part documentary that debuts tonight (at 9, WHYY TV-12), he is a seriously funny man, blending humor and insight about 350 years of Jewish history in the United States. "There are some revelations in there. Judah Benjamin, a slave owner and Southern Jew fighting for the Confederacy?" said Reiner, his voice rising with a touch of puzzlement that leaves unsaid, "Who knew?"
May 1, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Ben-Zion Netanyahu, the historian and Zionist activist whose skepticism about peacemaking with the Arabs helped to shape the world outlook of his son, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, died on Monday. He was 102. The Prime Minister's office said in a statement that he died at home. It did not give a cause of death, but he had been ill recently. Born Ben-Zion Mileikowsky, in Warsaw, Poland, Netanyahu was a devout follower of revisionist Zionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky, who advocated Jewish military strength and opposed partitioning Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
December 23, 2011 |
Eric Kimmel's children's book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a story that, aside from being engaging, is also gently subversive and proudly ethnic. In Gas & Electric Arts' staged adaptation, Jacqueline Pardue Goldfinger adds live music, puppetry, and another layer of engagement with an Alice in Wonderland backstory that connects the book's wandering Jewish hero with a present-day audience of youngsters. Jewish history is, of course, filled with some pretty rough stuff, and Hershel of Ostropol (David Blatt)
March 31, 2012 |
The rich stories involving a golem - a fictional Jewish guardian imbued with the dangerous power to protect at all costs - make perfect sense in light of Jewish history. A golem is like a security blanket, but much scarier: It provides comfort but also must fight oppression. The most famous golem story - they are all tales, with golem springing from an ancient Hebrew word that means a shapeless form - is set in 16th-century Prague. In the world-premiere play called The Golem, which Ego Po Classic Theater opened Thursday night with an experienced cast and unwavering sincerity - there's a neat twist.
March 27, 1998 |
Bernard Levinson is challenging a sacred cow of biblical scholars, and some of the biblical scholars are challenging back. The bearded, 45-year-old Canadian sits at the head of the long table in the sixth-floor conference room of the Center for Judaic Studies, formerly the Annenberg Research Institute, in the nine-year-old modern-Colonial building at Fourth and Walnut. Listening thoughtfully, after polishing off a kosher lunch, are the 17 biblical scholars - 12 men and five women, all called fellows - who are spending the academic year doing research at the center, plus several visitors from the University of Pennsylvania.