Everything You Thought You Knew About Religious Zionists Is Wrong

Knitted yarmulkes and pro-settler policies are not the face of religious Zionism after all. Here, Rabbi Eran Fletzki teaches children at a school in the West Bank settlement of Neve Daniel.

TEL AVIV — For years, Israelis have had a particular idea of what being a “religious Zionist” meant: being modern Orthodox but not haredi; supporting the settlements and opposing territorial compromise; supporting the Chief Rabbinate’s control of Jewish marriage and opposing gay rights. Well, someone finally asked the religious Zionists. And it turns out we… Read More

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Volunteers work on Ship-a-Box project, 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/

Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance By Martin Goldsmith Da Capo Press, 352 pages

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Best known as a popular radio host on Sirius XM’s Symphony Hall channel, Martin Goldsmith has a deeper and darker tie to music. As the son of the famed German musical couple of flutist Gunther Goldschmidt and violinist Rosemarie Gumpert Goldschmidt, Goldsmith has highly personal ties to classical music and defines the genre as “an… Read More

Adaptation of classic Yiddish tale wins top Sydney Taylor award

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BOSTON — A new adaptation of a classic Yiddish tale and folk song is among the winners of this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards for children’s books. The awards, which are presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries, also went to a graphic novel and a retelling of the Noah story for teens, the… Read More

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Participants enjoy an art class at the Golden Age Center in this March 1957 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/

The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family By Roger Cohen Knopf, 320 pages

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Roger Cohen’s tribute to his mother is an interesting story of displacement and its damage to family history and traditions, and sometimes to one’s mental health. It also shows the sheltered, comfortable lives of many South African Jews, 40,000 of whom came from Lithuania between the 1880s and 1914. In South Africa, “even for a… Read More

Oxford University Press Bans References to Pigs

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Oxford University Press has banned references to pigs and pork in its publications in order to avoid offending Jews and Muslims. “Many of the educational materials we publish in the U.K. are sold in more than 150 countries, and as such they need to consider a range of cultural differences and sensitivities,” a spokesman for… Read More

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Baltimore workers are all smiles in this undated photo at the NCJW Council Thrift Shop in Baltimore.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/