Posted: Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:00 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Oliver Sacks. Photo by Elena Seibert

One thing I’ll never forget about my 1997 interview with Oliver Sacks was that, after trying for weeks to get to see him, I neglected to turn on the tape recorder. When I left his Greenwich Village apartment and tried to play back the tape, I realized it was blank. And his voice was so soft-spoken and gripping that I barely took notes. I felt like a character out of one of his studies: The Reporter Who Mistook Her Finger for a Microphone.

Posted: Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:10 | Posted by: David Hammerschlag | Well Versed
Asa Zuskin Perelman at the Center for Jewish History

It was doubly fitting that Asa Zuskin Perelman, visiting from her home in Israel, spoke earlier this month at the Center for Jewish History. Her talk, co-sponsored by YIVO, was on her father, the famed Russian-Jewish actor Benjamin Zuskin, and the book she has written about his life and art, “The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin" (Syracuse University Press).

Posted: Tue, 08/11/2015 - 22:55 | Posted by: Caroline Harris | Well Versed
Shira Dicker and David Chack leading "Seven Minutes Between Heaven and Earth"

On a gorgeous August afternoon, I had a seven-minute sabbatical on Governor’s Island. It was spiritual, uplifting and unforgettable.

Posted: Fri, 08/07/2015 - 01:48 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Courtesy Marcia Talmadge Schneider

This week marks the 73rd anniversary of Janusz Korczak’s fatal march with the children of his Warsaw orphanage. While supporters arranged a path to freedom from the Nazis for him, the writer, educator and physician chose instead to stand by his children, and marched with nearly 200 of them to the train that would take all of them to their deaths in Treblinka. Some say that the children sang, but that might be legend. What’s known is that they walked in dignity, carrying the flag of their orphanage, with its emblem on one side and the Star of David on the other; they felt safe in Korczak’s presence.

Posted: Tue, 07/28/2015 - 13:31 | Posted by: Eva L. Weiss | Well Versed
Courtesy Noga Dance Company

Noga, Israel’s first modern dance company to give the stage to religious women performers, brings to life the dance between Jewish spirituality and contemporary choreography.

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