Adam Stern

An Israeli Filmmaker Finds an Unlikely Muse

What do “Easy Rider,” Johnnie Walker, Walt Disney and the State of Israel have in common?Allow me to introduce Ami Ankilewitz. Born in Laredo, Texas, Ankilewitz was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy as an infant, and his mother was told that he would not live past the age of 6. Now 34, he lives in a small apartment along

Bukharan Vista

Over a period of seven years, photographer Zion Ozeri traveled to Uzbekistan, where he captured images of the Bukharan Jews, the Persian-speaking community that traces its history in the region back to the Middle Ages. The photographs are currently on display in New York at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, in an exhibit

New Film Peers Into the Teenage Jewish Closet

To proclaim “Hineini” — the Hebrew word for “Here I am” — is perhaps also to posit a question: If this is who I am and I stand here, who are you and where do you stand? Then, maybe, who are we and where do we stand?On November 13, a 60-minute documentary bearing this provocative Hebrew word as its title will make its premiere

Rare Texts

On November 15, Christie’s will auction off a collection of rare manuscripts from the private collection of the late Salman Schocken. The famous publisher of Franz Kafka, Gershom Scholem and S.Y. Agnon, Schocken was an avid collector of rare Jewish texts. Among the original manuscripts to be auctioned by Christie’s are poems

FLASH FRAMES

Vladimir Jabotinsky may be best known as the father of Revisionist Zionism and as the author of the essay “The Iron Wall: We and the Arabs,” but he also was a novelist who is known for his Zionist re-fashioning of the biblical hero Samson. Written in Russian, “The Five: A Novel of Jewish Life in Turn-of-the Century Odessa” (Cornell

Romance for the AARP Set

If you can brave Harry Freund’s debut novel, you’re in for a thrill ride that only the raucousness of an aging Jewish social scene can provide. “Love With Noodles: An Amorous Widower’s Tale” (Carroll & Graf) is set on the Manhattan’s dangerous and rocky terrain known as the Jewish Upper East Side. Our navigator, Dan Gelder,

An Unorthodox Collection

Okay, here’s one: What do the Orthodox Union, Miami Beach and a large fiberglass phallus have in common?For those hopelessly in the dark, the answer to the riddle is Naomi Wilzig, the 70-year-old founder of the World Erotic Art Museum. Set to open this Sunday in Miami Beach, Fla., the museum will house works culled from

Mixing Guilt and Pleasure

If you want to fall into a different sort of GAP, take a look at a new literary journal, Guilt & Pleasure. Soon to be published by Reboot — a New York City-based nonprofit that promotes discussion on issues of Jewish identity — the new quarterly will focus on “identity, community, and meaning” in America. It will feature fiction,