Shana Penn


An Overlooked Renaissance

By Shana Penn

On one of my recent trips to Poland, a young Jewish man studying at Warsaw University asked me: “Why do you American Jews send your children on death camp tours of Poland? Why choose only death when you could show life?”He had a point. Each year, more than 20,000 Jewish youth from the United States and Israel come to PolandRead More


Bay Area’s Museum Merger: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

By Shana Penn

SAN FRANCISCO — From the outset, few expected that last year’s merger of two Bay Area Jewish museums would go off without a hitch.But following a second round of cost-reducing staff cuts by the combined institutions’ CEO and a flood of angry letters and comments in the local media, the merger of the venerable Judah L. Magnes MuseumRead More



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