Several hundred Jewish boys were miraculously rescued inside the Buchenwald concentration camp. A new photo exhibit tells their stories.
Ariel Schrag, 28, is almost done with high school. Actually, she graduated from Berkeley High School in California a decade ago, and since then she has earned an English literature degree from Columbia University, authored or edited several books, and spent two years as a staff writer and story editor on Showtime’s hit series “The L Word.” One of her books is being made into a movie, and she’s accomplished enough — her art having appeared in regional and national publications as well as in museums and galleries across the United States, Canada and Europe — to be teaching master classes.
Long before Darrell Steinberg was tapped to become California’s most powerful Democrat, the labor lawyer-turned-legislator developed his political acumen in the Jewish communal world.
The new “Star Trek” film’s trailer shows a vast shipyard where the U.S.S. Enterprise is under construction, as a voice intones that famous phrase, “Space, the final frontier….”
In the wake of Rep. Tom Lantos’s announcement last week that he will retire from Congress later this year, both potential successors to his chairmanship of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee are promising no significant shift in policy toward Israel and Iran.
Over the past few months, the City by the Bay has become the city in the fray. Driven by three separate incidents, a communitywide debate has emerged over the Middle East conflict — and, specifically, how it is expressed artistically, in both public and private spaces.
Rabbi Chai Levy is considering a High Holy Days sermon on perseverance in the face of great adversity — and given her synagogue’s recent history, she certainly has enough anecdotal material. While Congregation Kol Shofar hasn’t quite achieved Job-like levels of trouble, the past few years have proved staggeringly unlucky for the synagogue, the only Conservative house of worship in Marin County.
Okay, so a Muslim, a Mormon and a Jew walk into a bar…. No, really — they do. And you’ll have to be in Northern California this September to hear the punch line.
Some lines, it seems, cannot be crossed. In 1999, Rabbi Yitzchok Feldman and his synagogue, Congregation Emek Beracha, approached the city of Palo Alto — an urbane community of tree-lined lanes that some of Silicon Valley’s and Stanford University’s finest minds call home — about creating an eruv, a delineated area in which Orthodox Jews can engage in certain activities normally forbidden on the Sabbath. City officials initially reacted warmly, but the following year a community outcry about separation of church and state, and perhaps about less high-minded issues, as well, beat back the proposal into obscurity.
Clang, clang, clang went the trolley, ding, ding, ding, went the rabbi….” Or, maybe, “I left my mitzvah… in San Franciscah….”