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A Thinking Person's Guide to The Holocaust

By Forward Staff

Tell us what you think are the most important books, films, sculptures, pieces of music or any other cultural artifact produced about the Holocaust. And why they are vital.Read More


Guest Editor: Judith Shulevitz

This fall, guest editors have helped to shape Forward Forum by commissioning opinion pieces. The eighth and final of the group is Judith Shulevitz, a cultural critic and magazine editor who helped to start both Slate and Lingua Franca, which won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence under her co-editorship. She has been a regular columnist for Slate and the New York Times Book Review, and is now a contributing editor at The New Republic. Her book, “The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time,” was published by Random House this year. Read More


Guest Editor: Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a leading figure in American Jewish feminism and a founding editor of Ms. magazine. The author of numerous articles and 10 books, including “Deborah, Golda and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America,” Pogrebin was a founder of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and is a past president of Americans for Peace Now.Read More


Guest Editor: Samuel G. Freedman

This fall, guest editors are helping to shape Forward Forum by commissioning opinion pieces. This week it’s Samuel G. Freedman, who writes the “On Religion” column for The New York Times. In this section, he presents the voices of five Americans — Sunni, Shia, Christian, Muslim-Jewish; male and female, with ancestral roots in Pakistan, Iran, Syria and England — voices of ‘The Other,’ who actually have so much in common with us.Read More


Guest Editor: Morris J. Vogel

This fall, eight guest editors are helping to shape the Forward Forum by commissioning opinion pieces. This week, it’s Morris J. Vogel, the president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum since June 2008. He graduated from Brandeis University, received a doctorate in American social and urban history from the University of Chicago, and served on the faculty of Temple University for 30 years. He has published six books on the social history of American medicine, cultural history and urban history. Most recently, he served as director of the Creativity and Culture Program at the Rockefeller Foundation.Read More


Editors Note

By Jane Eisner

Careful readers of the Forward will notice something different about the second page of this newspaper. What had been our “Shmooze” page, filled with fun, gossipy tidbits of popular culture, has now become a section devoted to the best of our many blogs on www.forward.com.Read More


Guest Editor: Michael Berenbaum

This fall, eight guest editors are helping to shape the Forward Forum by commissioning opinion pieces. This week, it’s Michael Berenbaum, a professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and director of the Sigi Ziering Institute there, which studies the ethical and religious implications of the Holocaust. He was project director for the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and is a contributing editor to the Forward.Read More


Send Us Your Forward 50 Nominations

In an annual tradition, the Forward compiles a list of 50 American Jews who have had a large impact on the Jewish story in the past year. E-mail your suggestions for this year’s Forward 50 to forward50@forward.com, by October 15, and explain why your nominees merit a spot on the list.Read More


Guest Editor: Rachel Sklar

This fall, eight guest editors are helping to shape the Forward Forum by commissioning opinion pieces. This week it’s Rachel Sklar, who has chronicled the media world at the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, and now at Mediaite.com in her capacity as editor-at-large. A native of Canada, Sklar is a contributor to numerous anthologies and is working on a humorous book titled “Jew-ish.” She also co-hosts “The Salon” on The Jewish Channel.Read More





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