Arts & Culture


Nazi Camp as Mecca for Artists?

By Joshua Cohen

An hour’s train ride from the Prague station from which thousands of Jews were deported in winter 1941, in a derelict small town pierced with unreal silence, Petr Larva has a dream. He imagines visual artists from all over the world converging on his adopted town, to live and work and exhibit. He imagines a shattered populace resurrectedRead More


In Time of War, a Call To Serve Civil Society and Country

By Ruth Messinger

I could not help noting the potential irony during the second presidential debate when President Bush announced emphatically that “there will be no draft.” It was oddly reminiscent of the 1988 presidential debate, when then-vice president George H. W. Bush just as emphatically assured the public: “Read my lips: no new taxes.” We all knowRead More


Banks Eyed In Lawsuits On Funding For Terror

By Marc Perelman

Major European and American financial institutions, including Citigroup, are facing the threat of lawsuits alleging that they housed accounts used to finance terrorist activities.The lawsuits would be based on allegations that Western banks allowed their Saudi subsidiaries to funnel money to Palestinian terrorRead More


Knesset Vote Against Sharon Seen To Signal Coalition’s End

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — It was, simply judging by the history books, a milestone. For the first time in Israel’s history, the Knesset on Monday refused to give its pro forma vote of approval to the prime minister’s annual “state of the nation” speech, by which he marks the opening of the winter term of the Israeli parliament. Abandoned by membersRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

In an unprecedented effort to boost young Jewish voter turnout, a Jewish Democratic group is circulating an edgy, animated Internet video that relies on biting humor and, critics say, unfair anti-Republican stereotypes.Ira Forman, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, says his group commissioned the satirical cartoon,Read More


After 25 Years, Soviet Emigrés Still Strangers

By Nathaniel Popper

This is the first in a three-part series on the challenges faced in America by Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Her freshly painted nails and carefully coiffed hair give Maria Abramov the air of a women who has things in order. Sitting in the clean back room of her business, Salon Flhair, on a strip mall inRead More


The Great White (Jewish, Gay) Way

By Wayne Hoffman

Watching the PBS documentary “Broadway: The American Musical” is like watching “Cats”: You meet lots of interesting characters, you hear several catchy tunes and you enjoy a few hours of lighthearted entertainment. But when the lights come up at the end, the whole experience feels like less than the sum of its parts.That’s not to sayRead More


All the World Is a Stage

By Glenn C. Altschuler

Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical By Andrea Most Harvard University Press,

253 pages, $29.95. * * *Why has a disproportionate percentage of Jews in the United States gravitated toward the entertainment industry? Were enterprising and talented Jews able to make popular culture an empire of their own because the non-JewsRead More


The Story of a Life

By Aharon Appelfeld

World War II went on for six straight years, but sometimes it seems to me that it lasted only one long night, from which I awoke a completely different person. Sometimes I felt that it wasn’t I who was in the war, but someone else, someone very close to me, and that he’s going to tell me what exactly occurred, for I don’t remember whatRead More


The Privilege of Fiction

By Leslie Camhi

the israeli film festival, now in its 20th year, is just one chance that new yorkers have to glimpse the new israeli cinema, which continues to make inroads here despite the region’s political and economic upheavals. recent, critically admired commercial releases of the past year include ra’anan alexandrowicz’s biting satire, “james’Read More





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