Posted: Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:00 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
"Bathsheba" by Bruce Murray

The Jerusalem Lover," a novella by Shira Dicker, is a prescient and courageous look at the ongoing battle between Israel's staunch defenders and her harsh critics. The work was actually written seven years ago, as Dicker struggled with the “casual anti-Semitism (she)…confronted nearly daily” while living in England during 2004.

Posted: Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:14 | Posted by: Emily Snyder | Well Versed
Meron Langsner. Allison McDonough

With the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival upon us, one play stands out among the rest.  Meron Langsner’s “Over Here,” presented by Mortal Folly Theatre, depicts an unlikely friendship between a Palestinian-American and an Israeli immigrant in the rubble of the Twin Towers.

Posted: Wed, 07/30/2014 - 17:38 | Posted by: Elizabeth Denlinger | Well Versed
© Anne Frank Fonds, Basel

The Anne Frank Center in New York is a tiny space, smaller than the secret apartment in Amsterdam where the Frank family spent much of the war in hiding.

Posted: Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:11 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Omer Counter made of Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Keneseth Israel Congregation, Louisville, Kentucky.

Although they rank high among Nobel Prize winners, Jews are not generally known for their athletics.  But as “Chasing Dreams” at Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History demonstrates, baseball has fielded its way through the American Jewish psyche, from its very beginnings. 

Posted: Mon, 07/14/2014 - 17:31 | Posted by: Gabriela Geselowitz | Well Versed
Tommy Ramone. Wikipedia

The drummer known as Tommy Ramone passed away on Friday due to bile duct cancer. Though he was only 65, he was the last living original member of the Ramones, and instrumental in the creation of punk rock as a musical genre.

Tommy was born Erdélyi Tamás in Budapest to two Holocaust survivors; the couple had hidden with neighbors for the duration of the war. The Erdélyi family immigrated to the United States when Tamás was four.