Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage and Fatherhood By Keren McGinity
Indiana University Press, 290 pages

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After releasing her first book, “Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America,” in 2009, Keren McGinity, a research affiliate at the Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, realized she needed to study men to truly understand the meaning and experience of Jewish intermarriage. Her second book,… Read More

Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel
By Anita Shapira ; Yale University Press, 288 pages

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“David Ben-Gurion’s greatest years were between 1942 and 1953,” said Anita Shapira, author of the latest in Yale’s “Jewish Lives” series of short biographies. “It seems that his whole life was but a prelude to this period, when he manifested his extraordinary ability to foresee political developments, formulate the tools for responding to them and… Read More

Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education
By Rabbi Hayim Herring and Ellie Roscher

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Despite “wonderful” studies in seminary, says Rabbi Ellen Flax, “the sad truth is that my five years of rabbinical school did little to prepare me for what was to become the day-to-day work of my rabbinate.” That sentiment appears in various strengths among writers in this book of essays on education by rabbis (including the… Read More

Audacity

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By Melanie Crowder Philomel, 400 pages With an eye-catching title audacious in its simplicity, this beautifully written book succeeds in an equally audacious mission by pulling the reader into the world of Clara Lemlich. With each chapter of verse perfectly pieced together, the reader can truly feel the emotions Clara, a Russian Jewish immigrant who… Read More

Hitler’s First Victims: The Quest for Justice

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Stranger than fiction: In 1933, a Bavarian prosecutor won indictments against SS members for the murders of four prisoners at Dachau. “Hitler’s First Victims” is a short, fascinating, disturbing story of an honest man’s courage and of the treatment of Nazi Germany’s first concentration camp victims ó political prisoners shot or beaten to death for… Read More

Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food

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By Laura Silver Brandeis, 300 pages The history of the knish represents more than just the lineage of a fried, dumpling-like food. It demonstrates the often-central role of food in communities and cultural legacies. Laura Silver knows that all too well. She has consumed knishes on three different continents, and her exhaustive research on the… Read More

Israel: Is it Good for the Jews?

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By Richard Cohen Simon and Schuster, 273 pages Is Israel good for the Jews? No, not if you prefer discrimination, exclusion, expulsion, persecution, pogroms and murder in the millions. Of course Israel is good for the Jews, as Richard Cohen makes more than abundantly clear in this book, recounting our woeful, disaster-filled history since exile… Read More

Heaven and Other Poems

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by Israel Horovitz Three Rooms Press, 102 pages Acclaimed playwright, author and director Israel Horovitz has spent a lifetime crafting story arcs for the stage, screen and his readers’ imaginations. Now 75, he’s published his first book of poetry, offering a collection of compelling verse that, written throughout his lifetime, echoes the story of his… Read More

Teach Us That Peace

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By Baron Wormer Piscataqua Press, 336 pages Though Baron Wormser has published 12 books of poetry and is Maine’s poet laureate, “Teach Us That Peace,” published in November 2013, is his first novel. Set in the Baltimore of Wormser’s adolescence (he was born here in 1948), “Teach Us That Peace” paints a vivid picture of… Read More

The Gourmet Jewish Cookbook: More Than 200 Recipes From Around the World

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With the cooking crush of Rosh Hashanah in the rearview mirror and the next holiday of Yom Kippur fast approaching (pun intended), the next few days offer the opportunity to ponder your Sukkot menu. And if you intend to serve meat, the Prue Leith-trained chef behind one of the newest kosher cookbooks to hit the… Read More