Walking the Bible By Bruce Feiler William Morrow, 451 pages

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For many, journalist and serial traveler Bruce Feiler’s “Walking the Bible” either opened up a new world of biblical appreciation or provided the already inspired with the type of depth — what we in the writing professions call “color” — that those who had never been privileged to walk in the Torah’s footsteps lacked. That… Read More

Buscemi, Michael Sheen Joining Gere in New Joseph Cedar Film

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Israeli director Joseph Cedar’s English-language debut film has added top Hollywood figures Steve Buscemi and Michael Sheen to a cast that includes Richard Gere. “Oppenheimer Strategies,” which began production last week and will shoot in New York and Israel, also will feature Josh Charles and Charlotte Gainsbourg as well as Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, according… Read More

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Three knitters enjoy their craft at the Levindale Hebrew Home & Infirmary in 1950. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

A Replacement Life By Boris Fishman Harper Perennial, 352 pages

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In this charming novel, newly out in trade paperback, would-be writer Slava Gelman, stuck in a low-level, clerk-like job at a prestigious magazine, stumbles into an outlet for his creative desires. He invents biographies to help his grandfather and the old man’s Soviet-émigré acquaintances qualify for German compensation payments — whether they deserve any or,… Read More

Miami Jewish Day Schooler to Play Division I Soccer

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A Jewish day school soccer player from Florida has accepted a scholarship to play Division I soccer. Aaron Franco of the Samuel Scheck Hillel Community School in Miami signed this week to play at the University of Maryland. Franco, the team’s co-captain, led the Lions to the Florida state finals last year. Franco will be… Read More

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Pictured is the Baltimore Hebrew College’s high school class of 1962. Can you identify anyone in this photo? Contact Joanna Church, 410-732-6400, ext. 226 or jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org. To see more of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection and find out who has been identified in past photos, visit jewishmuseummd.org/tag/once-upon-a-time-2/

Pepper, Silk & Ivory By Marvin Tokayer and Ellen Rodman, Ph.D. Gefen Publishing House, 300 pages

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The history and culture of  European Jewry is widely known, but many people are unfamiliar with the Jews of Asia and the contributions that Jews made in Asian countries.  For example, small pockets of Jewish communities peacefully existed in China over the last several centuries, and even today, there are active Jewish synagogues in India…. Read More