There is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction By Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor Viking, 544 pages

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Aptly named, Benjamin Taylor’s collection of nonfiction by Nobel-winning novelist Saul Bellow can seem like its title: 512 thought-provoking pages of Bellow on life, aspirations, disappointments, creativity and himself. Taylor, a college teacher and award-winning author, provides a spectrum of Bellow’s topics, including a trip across a tense, weary 1948 Spain and a drive past… Read More

Ancient Jerusalem Aqueduct Discovered During Sewer Work

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JERUSALEM — A section of Jerusalem’s lower aqueduct, which brought water to the city more than 2,000 years ago, was uncovered during sewer work. The aqueduct, which was excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authority, was found in the Umm Tuba neighborhood, near Har Homa. It begins near Solomon’s Pools south of Bethlehem and continues for… Read More

Shabbat-Observant Student Prerecorded Saturday Commencement Speech

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A graduating senior at Binghamton University in New York delivered the commencement speech via a prerecorded video since it fell on Shabbat. Don Greenberg, of Teaneck, N.J., stood at the podium on stage during the Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering commencement on May 16, but did not speak live. Orthodox Jews such as Greenberg… Read More

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A member of the Levindale Ladies Auxiliary Board in an 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/

What is a good way to stay cool in the summer?

Fruma Belinsky: Drink a coffee smoothie. Rabbi Velvel Belinsky: Sit outside with a nice cool drink. Esther Liba Belinsky: Keep a CamelBak handy. Don Friedman: Go to the mountains. Spend some time in Western Maryland. Stan Katz: Sit in front of the air conditioner. Roy Marks: The same thing you do in the winter. Hibernate!… Read More

Nobel Medal of German Doc Who Shielded Jews Brings $395K

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LOS ANGELES — A Nobel Prize medal that belonged to a German doctor who shielded Jews in pre-Holocaust Germany fetched $395,000 at an auction. The medal, auctioned off on April 30 through Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles, had a gold value of about $8,700 and was put on the market by the grandson… Read More

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With Rita Solow Morris is in the front row, 1947 graduates of the Sinai Hospital School of Nursing pose for their class picture. 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… Read More