Roger Bennett

Rebooting The Bible To A Hip Beat

10/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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When Roger Bennett offered 54 accomplished young writers and artists a chance to comment on a portion of the Torah, each of them “leaped at the opportunity, like Michelangelo painting the Sistine chapel.” It all began at a networking event for Reboot, a Jewish outreach organization Bennett co-founded in 2002.

Contributors each reimagine one of the 54 sections of the Torah in "Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah."

Sukkah City, The Movie

Filmmaker behind "Orthodox Stance" captures Reboot's 2010 public art project

10/10/2012
Staff Writer

For a ritual structure intended to evoke fragility and transience, the sukkah enjoys an oddly long life as an object of contemplation and representation.

Two years ago, it was Sukkah City, an architecture competition and public art project in Union Square. It drew an estimated 200,000 viewers to the dozen winning, legally valid but visually untraditional temporary booths built to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, which ended earlier this week.

The winners of the Sukkah City competition had to honor Jewish law. Photo courtesy sukkahcity.com

From My Book Shelf To Yours

One of the perks of my job is receiving new books from publishers all over the world. Some of these books are wonderful; some (often self-published) are so bad they make me sad for the trees that gave their limbs to gratify the authors.

Here is a sampling of three very different books of note I’ve received lately and recommend (in no particular order):

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