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The Schmooze

Out and About: Wikimania in Haifa; Lady Gaga and the Jews (for Jesus)

  • The dispute between Chabad-Lubavitch and Russia over the Schneerson library is gumming up the works for major art exhibits.

  • Hundred of Wikipedia contributors are descending on Haifa today for the seventh annual Wikimania conference.

  • At the Paris Review, Sadie Stein writes about her grandfather, Joseph Stein, who wrote the screenplay for “Fiddler on the Roof.”

  • Jason Diamond takes on Jews for Jesus’ misuse of Lady Gaga.

  • Adam Kirsch on the legacy of David Foster Wallace.

  • Israeli book publisher Steimatzky is under investigation for anti-trust violations.

  • Jewlicious celebrates the continued existence of Jewish music.

  • The Yiddish Book Center has announced the recipients of its translation grant program. Shulamis Lynn Dion and Ben Sadock will translate works by Yankev Glatshteyn and Meyer Dik. Read some of the Forwardd’s translations of Glatshteyn’s poems here.

  • Liel Leibovitz ponders the new trend of indoctrination-by-comic book.

  • Street photographer Jerome Leibling has died at age 87.

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