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Remembering Rabbi Maurice Lamm

Make a shiva call to a traditional home, and you’re likely to see a copy of Rabbi Maurice Lamm’s “The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning” in an accessible place. That book, published in 1969, has sold more than 350,000 copies.

Courtesy Jewish Publication Society

A Comedy Of Anxiety

Making choices can be immobilizing. If recently you’ve bought a laptop or printer, you may have a sense of how hard it is to make a decision. Do you really need a laptop? Perhaps a tablet might do? Do you stick with an inkjet or re-evaluate a laser? Will a multi-function hold up? Too many choices and variables can be overwhelming.

Adam Strauss in "The Mushroom Cure"

Humanitarian Images: Repairing the World: Frame by Frame

In an event that involved consciousness-raising, fund-raising and fine photography, the Ambassadors Council of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee raised $40,000 in an exhibition and auction of photographs taken in Jewish communities around the world.

Joan Roth. Abeba Abebe, Ethiopia, 1984. Courtesy

Last Chance: Russian-American Artists

The afternoon I visited the National Arts Club to see several galleries of Russian-American art, one of the galleries was set for an evening reception to honor local firemen who lost their lives.

Vagrich Bakhchanyan. Diary –7/28/95 to 7/27/96. Courtesy Irene Bakhchanyan

Friendship At Auschwitz

A birthday card made in the Third Reich’s most notorious concentration camp? Seems impossible, doesn’t it?

Courtesy Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster

Tracking Bezalel In Chelsea

Last Wednesday morning, seven well-heeled, middle-aged ladies ambled around Chelsea, making stops at art galleries. The group, which was organized by the American fundraising arm of Bezalel, sought to view pieces by graduates of the prestigious Jerusalem art school. Some of the women were collectors, others simply interested.

Guy Yannai. Light Bulb, 2015, Oil on linen. Courtesy Ameringer McEnery Yohe

Photography As Action

Tel Aviv-based photographer Miki Kratsman brings an activist and didactic philosophy to his work. He came of age during the period of the “Disappeareds” in Argentina and admired Vietnam War photography.

Miki Kratsman. Courtesy Emet Prize

A Serious And Soulful Artist

Eva Hesse was a passionate, resilient, haunted and prolific artist with a strong sense of her own calling. The 2016 bio pic is a portrait of the artist a young woman coming into her own. Visually rich, as unflinching as it is reverential, the documentary “Eva Hesse” offers satisfying insight into the life of a child refugee who ripened into one of the most influential artists of her time.

Eva Hesse in 1968. Herman Landshoff. Courtesy Zeitgeist Films

Berlin Stories

“Stolen Heart,” a small powerful exhibition at Leo Baeck Institute, shows how Jewish building owners in the center of Berlin were robbed during the time of Nazi rule.

Wallstrasse 16, 1908. Courtesy Historisches Archiv der BVG, Berlin

Passover Books For Young Readers

Anticipate the four questions and more, with these picture books for kids that use stories to share teachings and traditions, appreciation and celebration of the upcoming holidays

 “More than Enough: A Passover Story” by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Katie Kath. Courtesy of Dial Books
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