Bruce Feiler, a Georgia-born author who lives in Brooklyn and made his original reputation abroad — writing about his sojourns to lands whence came the Torah — has branched out in recent years. His newest book, “The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out And Play, And Much More” (William Morrow), follows his “The Council of Dads,” about a support group he formed for his young daughters after he was diagnosed with cancer, and the “This Life” column about contemporary families he wrote for the Sunday New York Times. The Jewish Week caught up with Feiler, who was traveling in Spain, via e-mail.
Israeli film director Dror Moreh has just released his latest film, “The Gatekeepers,” a documentary that consists of interviews with six men who formerly directed Israel’s Shin Bet, the country’s security agency. Now retired, the men offer a candid and often critical assessment of the way Israel has handled the Palestinian conflict.
Jay Ruderman, 46, is the president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, an advocate for the fuller inclusion of people with disabilities in both the American Jewish community and in Israel, and a funder of disability services, among other interests.
Just in time for the holiday season — whatever your holiday is this time of year. Rabbi Joshua Plaut, executive director of American Friends of Rabin Medical Center, is the author of “A Kosher Christmas: ’Tis the Season to Be Jewish” (Rutgers University Press), which he calls “a 150-year social history and contemporary ethnography of the relationship of Jews to Christmas in America.”