This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

  • Gavriel Rosenfeld notes the textual inspiration for the new synagogue in Mainz.

  • Nathan Burstein takes a look at “Nuremberg,” a documentary finally getting its American premiere after 62 years.

  • Susie Linfield goes to see the current performance by Israel’s Batsheva dance company.

  • In Eli Valley’s latest comic, the Jewish community finds salvation in an unlikely source. Valley also joins Forward staff writers Josh Nathan-Kazis and Nathan Guttman in this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable podcast.

  • Philologos wonders what it means to be made in the image of God.

  • Uzi Silber samples the millennia-old relationship between Jews and booze.

  • The second of three excerpts from Forward staff writer Gal Beckerman’s new book “When They Come For Us We’ll be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry,” chronicles the courage of Refuseniks such as Volodya and Masha Slepak, Ida Nudel, and Anatoly Shcharansky.

  • And the Forward-sponsored exhibit “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women,” opens today at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

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