The Boxer’s Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps

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By Nathan Shapow and Bob Harris The Robson Press 2013, 256 pages “The Boxer’s Story,” an autobiography by Nathan Shapow with sports writer Bob Harris, is really three stories. The first, Shapow’s unbelievable story of survival during the Holocaust, is important both as a story of survival and as a testament to the atrocities of… Read More

Will The Voters Step Up?

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Are the voters in Israel mimicking American voters in their lack of participation in local elections? This year, only 32 percent of eligible voters turned out for the mayoral elections in Jerusalem; only 22 percent turned out in Tel Aviv. Despite these low numbers, the mayors of Israel’s three largest cities — Jerusalem, Tel Aviv… Read More

What’s your favorite place to visit in Israel?

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Eva Zajdel: The Golan Heights is just so beautiful. I also love Masada and the Dead Sea.. Marc Lowen: Jerusalem. Roberta Eisner: The Western Wall is my favorite place. Since I was 16 years old… my dream had been to visit the country. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Israel God-Given?

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The recent Pew research study, The Portrait of Jewish Americans: Findings from a Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews, found that 55 percent of U.S. Christians believe that God gave Israel to the Jews compared with 40 percent of American Jews. The breakdown within the Jewish community is pretty straightforward: 84 percent of Orthodox… Read More

Data, A Love Story

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By Amy Webb Dulton Adult 2013, 304 pages According to an article in the New York Daily News, more than one-third of American marriages today begin with writing a profile for an online dating site. Jewish singles are as likely to use such methods as JDate, eHarmony and others to find love (and frequently heartbreak)… Read More

It’s been 75 years since Kristallnacht, do you think today’s young people understand what happened during the Holocaust?

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Sheila Cohen: I think that they do understand. Walter Becker: I don’t think that the average person can really know what it means. Gete Lapidus: I don’t think so. I know that they have classes and learn about it, but they can’t understand because nothing like that has ever happened to them. Want to place an order online?… Read More

My Mother’s Secret

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By J.L. Witterick G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013; 195 pages This book by J.L. Witterick is a quick but very meaningful read. The story is really about a family of righteous gentiles — a mother, daughter and sons. The family lives in a little house in Poland during the Holocaust and manages to hide two Jewish… Read More

Sigd!

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Ethiopians in Israel have just completed the celebration of Sigd on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. The holiday takes place 50 days following Yom Kippur. On Sigd, the community rejoices for the renewal of the alliance between the people, God and His Torah. This act is reminiscent of the treaty made for… Read More

Wedding Wipeout

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By Jacob M. Appel Cozy Cat Press 2013, 249 pages “Wedding Wipeout,” a Rabbi Kappelmacher mystery, was nothing short of hilarious. And interesting. And edge-of-your-seat. Yet, it was never intense. When I started the novel, I sighed, assuming it would be some corny Jewish trash novel with little plot. But it was not long before… Read More