The normally excellent bloggers over at New York Magazine’s Grub Street reach too quickly for ethnic cutesiness in a post about the everything bagel: “Are we really to believe that the world waited until 1977 for the invention of the everything bagel? Somebody’s zayde in Warsaw is going to be getting a phone call soon.” Not to get too maudlin, but how many American Jews have grandparents still in Warsaw?
Many of you know that the Forward is privileged to have on staff an archivist of otherworldly talent named Chana Pollack, who has a bloodhound’s ability to find historical treasures. What you might not know, however, is that her mother has some talent in this area as well. Check out this clip of Barbra Streisand talking to Golda Meir over videophone at a concert, courtesy of Phyllis Pollack.
Next month, the office of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will host a show in its gallery of work by Lynda Caspe. In addition to being a respected painter and sculptor, Caspe recently wrote to inform me that she is also the granddaughter of one of the Forverts’s first science editors, Dr. Abraham Caspe.
Last week, I posted the story of how the Forverts reunited Israeli writer Nava Semel’s family. What I didn’t know then — but do now, thanks to our archivist extraordinaire, Chana Pollack — is that Semel is the sister of folk-rock star Shlomo Artzi. Chana also passed on this great video of Artzi singing in Yiddish with a bunch of Hasidim:
From the mailbag: I just received a note from Israeli author and journalist Nava Semel. Ms. Semel was writing to alert us to the publication of her new book, “Israisland,” but she included a story that she rightly surmised might interest me.
The Academy Awards have been announced and two films with Jewish content received nods in the foreign-language category: “Beaufort” http://www.kino.com/beaufort/], a film about Israeli soldiers in Southern Lebanon by Israeli director Joseph Cedar, and the upcoming release “The Counterfeiters” based on the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, known as “Hitler’s Jewish counterfeiter.” We previewed the latter film when it debuted in German cinemas.
Have a look here at the trailer for “Defiance,” Ed Zwick’s take on the story of the Bielski brothers, who organized what is widely considered to have been the largest group of Jewish partisans during World War II. The movie stars Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber, among others, and is set for release in late 2008.