Facebook Acquiring Fourth Israeli Company

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JERUSALEM — Facebook is acquiring an Israeli startup company that has developed technology for operating a computer through hand and finger gestures. Pebbles Interfaces, based in Kfar Saba, is Facebook’s fourth acquisition in Israel, the Israeli business daily Globes reported last week. Facebook reportedly has agreed to pay $60 million for the company. Pebbles Interfaces… Read More

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Only a few of these young members of the JEA Reliance Club, partying at Evergreen Beach Park circa 1930, have been identified, including Connie Nasdor, Jack Saltzman and Hy Evnitz. 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… Read More

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Safekeeping By Jessamyn Hope Fig Tree Books, 371 pages

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Few social institutions have undergone more radical change than have Israeli kibbutzim during the past 100 years. From utopian socialist enterprises where people came to reclaim the land and livnot u’l’hibanot — build and be rebuilt themselves — many kibbutzim, now deprived of government subsidies, have become privatized and evolved into rural or suburban communities…. Read More

Potentially Exculpatory Testimony Unsealed in Rosenberg Case

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Newly unsealed court records may provide fodder for those who believe Ethel Rosenberg was wrongly convicted and executed. Rosenberg and her husband, Julius, who were Jewish, were famously put to death in 1953 in Ossining, N.Y., for conspiring to share atomic secrets with the Soviet Union. The potentially exculpatory material is in testimony by Rosenberg’s… Read More

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A basketball team, possibly associated with the JEA, celebrates its 1924 championship with this team photo. 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.

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy By Judd Apatow Random House, 512 pages

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Ever dream of having a sit- down with your heroes? Producer/director/screenwriter Apatow has been doing it for 30 years. Long before  “Freaks and Geeks” and  “Knocked Up,” the self-described  “comedy nerd” was, as a host of a show on his high-school radio station, interviewing the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling. And he’s never… Read More

Hoop Dream: Jordan Farmar Returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Jordan Farmar, a Jewish NBA player who won two league championships as a member of his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, is heading back to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Farmar played 16 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout of 2011. The 6-foot-2 guard, a standout at UCLA, was on the… Read More

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A large group of children hold American and Israeli flags in this undated photo. 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/