Posted: Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:30 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Family Portrait: Jewish immigrants from Egypt in America at a 1928 wedding. Courtesy Andre Aciman

Leaving and arriving – and crossing the sea -- is long part of the Jewish narrative. When the ancient Israelites left Egypt, the sea split and they crossed over.  Many Jewish immigrants to America had to endure crossings over rough seas, often crowded into the underbelly of the ship, in steerage.

Posted: Thu, 02/26/2015 - 01:25 | Posted by: Elizabeth Denlinger | Well Versed
Elad Kabilio, Avigail Malachi-Baev, Inbal Sharret-Singer. Courtesy Elizabeth Denlinger

In an unusual pairing of antiquities and music, the Yeshiva University Museum offered a program chosen by the cellist Elad Kabilio, accompanied by the clarinetist Avigail Malachi-Baev and the singer Inbal Sharret-Singer, to illuminate its exhibition of ten model synagogues. The selections reflect what might have been heard around the time of the synagogues’ creation.

Posted: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 13:26 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Ayelet Tsabari. Photo by Elsin Davidi

Ayelet Tsabari has been named this year’s winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for her collection of stories, “The Best Place on Earth.” The award, recognizing an emerging writer, carries a cash prize of $100,000.

Posted: Thu, 02/19/2015 - 23:39 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Anita Diamant. Photo by Gretje Fergeson

Anita Diamant, best known for her best-selling novel, “The Red Tent,” based on the biblical story of Dinah, has published another historical page-turner, this one set closer to our own time. 

Posted: Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:10 | Posted by: Susan Reimer-Torn | Well Versed
From “Dry Bones: Resurrection of the Living." Courtesy Sydney Schiff

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