The Golem of Paris By Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman P.G. Putnamís Sons, 497 pages

Warning: Reading this book may cause a severe case of literary whiplash. On one page, we are in Prague, witnessing the frightening workings of a psychiatric hospital used by the communists as a political prison. Then, almost without warning the reader may be yanked into a police archive in Los Angeles, where a detective is… Read More

Mexican President: Jews Give Their Best for Country

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto declared that the Jewish community gives its best for the development of Mexico. Peña Nieto was the keynote speaker at a dinner last week in Mexico City to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs of the American Jewish Committee. “I am pleased… Read More

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A Levindale gift shop volunteer enjoys her work in this circa 1970s 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/

Forbes Ranks Yellen, Zuckerberg, Netanyahu Among ‘Most Powerful’

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Several Jews, including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, appear on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of the “World’s Most Powerful People.” The list, published online lasts week, ranks 73 people — all but nine of them men — in order of most powerful. While admittedly subjective, the ranking assesses the power… Read More

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Attendees enjoy a Jewish Armed Services event in this circa 1950 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/

Eight Questions of Faith: Biblical Challenges That Guide and Ground Our Lives By Niles Elliot Goldstein University of Nebraska Press, 168 pages

Niles Elliot Goldstein set out on a heavy task when he wrote “Eight Questions of Faith.” The author, director of development at the Center for Interfaith Engagement and a lecturer at Loyola University Chicago, contemplates the great mysteries of life (and death) from our place and purpose in the world to what happens to us… Read More

Berkeley Commission Rejects Israel Divestment Resolution

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A Berkeley, Calif., commission rejected a resolution to divest from companies that do business with Israel. The Berkeley City Human Welfare and Community Action Commission voted 5-2 against the resolution, with one abstention, on Oct. 21. City Attorney Zach Cowan said the issue was not within the purview of the commission, which generally addresses issues… Read More