Arts & Culture


What Litvaks Accomplished in Brazil

By Masha Leon

Alzheimer’s disease, an equal opportunity assassin of memory, felled movie star Rita Hayworth in 1987. “In the 1970’s, when Rita began to manifest strange symptoms, people said she was drunk when she’d get off a plane,” Barbara Walters told the 600 black-tie guests at the October 5 Alzheimer’s Association “Beauty Under the Big Top”Read More


The Ancestral Faith, With a Side of Salami

By Boris Fishman

For novelist Gary Shteyngart, whose family fled Soviet antisemitism for the United States in 1979, the problem with American Judaism came down to one thing: salami.“One of my most moving memories from childhood is going to Hebrew school in Queens, where they wouldn’t allow meat products, and sneaking in this pork salami,” Shteyngart saidRead More


Built Judaism:

By Samuel D. Gruber

Architecture has been an important way in which Jews have defined themselves within their own community, as well as the pre-eminent means of projecting Jewish identity to the gentile world. Palaces of Prayer, a new exhibit at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on New York’s Lower East Side, includes 70 superb color prints of synagogues thatRead More


Emigrés Are Forming Decidedly Secular Identities; The Ancestral Faith, With a Side of Salami

By Nathaniel Popper

This is the final installment in a three-part series on the challenges faced in the United States by immigrants from the former Soviet Union.A half an hour before a late-season minor league baseball game at Keyspan Park, in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, a series of Russian performers took the field to dance and sing for the fewRead More


Wealth and Strife: Can Rich Relatives Live Together?

By Peretz Rodman

Lot and Abram, nephew and uncle, had migrated together from Mesopotamia to Canaan, and from Canaan down to Egypt. Now they returned together from Egypt to Canaan. Here, after traveling a long and arduous path, side by side, they reached a parting of the ways.Both men, the Torah tells us, had attained wealth. “Abram was heavily laden with cattle,Read More


In New Trend, Adult Emigrés Seek Ritual Circumcision

By Susan Kreimer

Two years before emigrating from Ekaterinburg, Russia, in 1997, Leonid Marder and his wife, Tamara, began observing the Sabbath. After arriving in America, the retired couple gradually became more devout. But for some time, something didn’t feel quite right.Like many Russian émigrés who adopted Orthodox practices in America, Marder had to takeRead More


Make Room for Baby

By Marjorie Ingall

We New Yorkers are givers. By choosing to live in apartments the size of veal pens, and paying so much in monthly rent or mortgage that we could afford an entire herd of veal, we give people who live elsewhere something to feel superior about. You’re welcome.Josie and her possibly-born-by-the-time-you-read-this sister will be sharing a room. IRead More


The Return

By Boris Fishman

This is the second in a three-part series on the challenges faced in the United States by immigrants from the former Soviet Union. A year ago, Max Berlin was planning on becoming a journalist after graduating from Hunter College in New York City. A thoughtful young man who had emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine,Read More


Amos Oz, On Himself

By Helen Epstein

A Tale of Love and Darkness By Amos Oz Harcourt, 544 pages, $26. ———Since 1968, when his novel “My Michael” — exquisitely narrated by a despairing young wife in Jerusalem — mesmerized thousands of readers, Amos Oz has been recognized as one of Israel’s most gifted and prolific authors. He has produced 22 books — 11 novels,Read More


Scholars From Around the Globe Toast Oz

By Samantha Vinograd

In advance of the publication of his new memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Amos Oz and his writing will be the subject of a three-day conference, a joint venture by the University of Pennsylvania and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.“Oz has just come out with one of the most important works written in Hebrew, or written inRead More


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