Gabriel Sanders


Raphael Lemkin and Samantha Power's Problem From Hell

By Gabriel Sanders

Raphael Lemkin and Samantha Power's Problem From Hell
With his posthumous autobiography, Raphel Lemkin, the hero of Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, is finally being given the chance to speak for himself.Read More


Trader Joe’s Treasure

By Gabriel Sanders

Trader Joe’s Treasure
About a year and a half ago, Portland, Ore.-based artist Harrell Fletcher went to his local Trader Joe’s to do some shopping. By the time he went home, it was with far more than a few bags of groceries.Read More


Bikel’s Butcher, Sharp as Ever

By Gabriel Sanders

Bikel’s Butcher, Sharp as Ever
Among the boldface names slated to appear at the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene’s June 17 annual gala at New York’s Town Hall, there is one that doesn’t immediately bring to mind thoughts of the Yiddish stage: “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. But as devoted readers of The Shmooze will know, the newsman is not just a pretty face with a fancy job; he’s also something of a Yiddish buff, from whose tongue words like shpilkes and keynehoreh roll with the same ease as the day’s headlines.Read More


Remembering the ‘Thunder Years’

By Gabriel Sanders

Remembering the ‘Thunder Years’
Author Stephanie Klein spent five of her teenage summers at what she bluntly calls “Fat Camp.” In her new memoir, “Moose” (HarperCollins), a childhood nickname, Klein compresses those summers into a single, lightly fictionalized one. Though she changed a few identifying details, she assures the reader early on that she’s no James Frey. “Sadly enough,” she writes, “everything in this book actually happened.” On the eve of book’s release, the Forward’s Gabriel Sanders caught up with Klein to talk about her mother, Jewish basements and the joy that can come from eating a few slices of contraband challah.Read More


As Controversy Over French Author Simmers, Museum Plans To Enter Fray

By Gabriel Sanders

As Controversy Over French Author Simmers, Museum Plans To Enter Fray
With a mix of excitement and trepidation, New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage announced this week that it is planning to stage an exhibition devoted to the writer Irène Némirovsky in the fall.Read More






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