Well Versed Blog

Posted: Tue, 02/09/2016 - 15:08 | Posted by: Caroline Lagnado | Well Versed
Ambassador Ahmed Farouk, Consul General of Egypt in New York, at the opening of “The Bridge.” Caroline Lagnado

The nomadic Caravan exhibit “The Bridge” has stationed at St. Paul’s Chapel, showing the work of 47 Arab, Persian and Jewish contemporary artists from 15 countries. Their art addresses the theme of “what bridges us” to each other.

Posted: Thu, 01/21/2016 - 15:20 | Posted by: Emily C.A. Snyder | Well Versed
Tony Perry, left, Magda Fishman, Elmore James during the Soul to Soul concert. Courtesy of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

I sing to make a joyful noise.

In the face of an uncertain New Year, with tensions high across ethnic and religious divides, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) has entered into an exciting new partnership with Museum of Jewish Heritage and to encourage the long-standing ties of brotherhood between all men of good will.

Posted: Fri, 01/15/2016 - 14:28 | Posted by: Caroline Harris | Well Versed
Courtesy Noche Flamenca

Passion. Love. Pain. Yearning.  Palpable emotions common to the songs of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Andalusia during the Golden Age of Spain, a time when our communities shared philosophy, poetry and musical cadences and lived in peace with one another -- a time past and, last Sunday evening, a brief taste of the world to come. 

Posted: Thu, 01/14/2016 - 01:23 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Courtesy NYU Press

Jewish Week theatre critic Ted Merwin was named winner of the 2015 Jewish Book Award in the category of  Education and Jewish Identity for  “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” a well–researched and lively work of cultural history.

Posted: Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:38 | Posted by: Elizabeth Denlinger | Well Versed
David Shneer, Olga Gershenson, Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, Anna Manchin and Ruth Ellen Gruber

A lively, sometimes contentious symposium at the Center for Jewish History on Sunday emphatically showed that Jewish museums in Central and Eastern Europe have reached a state of fruition worthy of celebration and vigilance. The symposium celebrated a new double issue of East European Jewish Affairs. Its participants threw themselves into exploring the move of Jewish museums “away from nostalgia and toward … a new self-definition,” as Judith Siegel, director of academic and public programming at the CJH put it.

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