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President Endorses Gay Synagogues


President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City


BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

Family Secrets From The War

Four new memoirs involve detective-like journeys that lead to questions of identity and faith.

Culture Editor

“Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory, and Faith,”  by Heidi B. Neumark (Abingdon)

“A Guest at the Shooter’s Banquet: My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth,”  by Ruth Gabis (Bloomsbury)

“Between Gods: A Memoir” , (Harper), by Alison Pick

“A Fifty Year Silence: Love, War and a Ruined House in France,” by Miranda Richmond Mouillot (Crown)

In “Hidden Inheritance,” Heidi Neumark, a Lutheran pastor here, discusses the discovery of her family’s Jewish past.

The Art Of The Steal

Three new books about Nazi plunder of Jewish collections raise questions about the art world’s moral blindness.

Special To The Jewish Week

The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis, Simon Goodman (Scribner)

Hitler’s Art Thief: Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis and the Looting of Europe’s Treasures, by Susan Ronald (St. Martin’s Press)

The Muralist: A Novel, by B. A. Shapiro (Algonquin)

In recent years, movies like “Woman in Gold” and “The Monuments Men” have placed a spotlight on the notorious looting of Europe’s art treasures by the Nazi regime before and during World War II.

Simon Goodman pieces together the story of his family’s treasures, and how they were lost. H. Zwietasch, Landesmuseum Wurttembe

Taking The Full Measure Of Primo Levi

New three-volume work shows him as a literary master who transcends the Holocaust genre.

Special To The Jewish Week

The Complete Works of Primo Levi, three volumes, edited by Ann Goldstein (W.W. Norton & Company) 

We thought we knew Primo Levi, the Holocaust memoirist and poet, and well-known suicide victim.

The massive “The Complete Works of Primo Levi” clocks in at 2,900 pages. Gianni Giansanti

Where Was Roosevelt?

It’s a question at the center of Jay Winik’s monumental survey of the last full year of the Second World War.

Special To The Jewish Week

I once held a postcard scribbled by my Warsaw family to relatives in  what was then Palestine, sent through Turkey via the Red Cross. The postcard was stamped with a swastika to show it had passed German censors. Holding it, I was scared not only for my soon-to-be murdered family, but for myself as well, as if by touching the postcard, I too was now in mortal danger. 

Winick’s book is at its most compelling when he recounts stories of singular heroism.

The War That’s With Us Still


The stories from World War II and the Holocaust — first-person Shoah testimonies, works of historical research based on newly opened archives, academic texts, fictional accounts, biographies, collections of artwork, second- and third-generation memoirs — never seem to end.

Children from the American Joint Distribution Committee-funded Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants. Jerome Silberstein/Courtesy of JDC

Fall Literary Guide November 2015

Roosevelt and the Jews. Primo Levi, Reconsidered. The Art of the Steal. Family Secrets from the War

Fall Literary Guide November 2015

Food Philanthropy Aiding An Empty Jerusalem

Culinary initiatives helping ailing restaurants and those on the front lines.

Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — Since the start of the latest wave of terror attacks, many of them stabbings carried out by young Palestinians, most Jerusalem residents have opted to stay close to home out of fear for their safety. Once-bustling shops and restaurants are now struggling for business.

The Eatifada effort has helped bring Israelis out to struggling restaurants. Sid Slivko

‘Laughs By Themselves Are Not Enough’

Jerry Lewis, legendary Jewish comic and humanitarian, stays relevant at 89.


Through appreciation of both his comedy and humanitarian work, legendary Jewish entertainer Jerry Lewis is staying relevant at age 89.

Jerry Lewis in the 1950 comedy “At War with the Army.” doctormacro.com
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