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National Jewish Book Award Winners Announced

In this season of awards, the Jewish Book Council announced the winners of its 2012 National Jewish Book Awards, recognizing a range of new and established authors.

Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel was named the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Columbia University professor is the author of “In Search of Memory” (Norton).
 

Kiddush With Reb Shlomo

Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach usually involved at least 50 people, maybe many more, according to his daughter, the singer Neshama Carlebach. It was Reb Shlomo’s custom to make kiddush and then pass around his wine, even if symbolically, to make sure that everyone had even a drop of the sanctified wine.

The kiddish cup designed to honor Reb Shlomo fits in the palm of a hand. Photo courtesy Jonathan Greenstein

Not So Ordinary Encounters

These are not glamorous people.

A view of the installation. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, Blum & Poe and neugerriemschneider. Photo by Alex Slade

Giving Away Books About Giving

Noam Zion spent four years writing a book about Jewish giving, and now he’s giving copies away.

Noam Zion

Writing In Solitude Amid The Crowds

Ann Hamilton’s large-scale installation at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan, “The Event of a Thread,” is on view through January 6th. Readings, music, sound and live events are part of the piece, and visitors can try the 42 swings suspended from above. Some have seen Hamilton’s work as a statement about the passage of time and the threads that connect all of us.  Rena Chelouche Fogel, who has been playing the role of the Solitary Writer, reflects on being part of the installation --Editor

Rena Chelouche Fogel taking part in "The Event of a Thread." Alona Fogel

Four Dancers And A Moose

The dancers in Netta Yerushalmy's piece “Devouring Devouring,” that premiered last week at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater, enter the bare stage from behind an orange folded curtain. They appear alone, and then various combinations of the four dancers move energetically across the floor, sometimes entangling with one another like vines. An opening sequence that is repeated brings to mind images of a clock and time passing.

Ofir Yudilevitch and Stuart Singer. Photo by Ayala Gazit

Steven Millhauser’s Encounter with the Book of Samuel in The New Yorker

The December 10, 2012 issue of The New Yorker features a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser, “A Voice in the Night.”

The narrator of the short story in the Dec. 10 issue of the New Yorker is a conflicted secular Jew. Photo courtesy New Yorker

A Water-Logged Gallery Brings Its Art To Viewers

Since its exhibition, “Sailboats and Swans,” was interrupted by the fierce winds and water surge caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Andrea Meislin Gallery is getting images from the show out to viewers via email. Every Monday, the gallery emails three photographs of the show, featuring the work of Israeli photographer Michal Chelbin.

Michal Chelbin, Young Prisoners, Juvenile Prison for Boys, Russia, 2009. Photo courtesy Andrea Meislin Gallery

Amber Eyes In Full Color

I love my Kindle. When setting off on a trip, I luxuriate in being able to choose from a juicy new novel, an engrossing biography or rereading a title I’ve enjoyed while not having to shlep extra weight. And yet, when reading Edmund de Waal’s “The Hare with Amber Eyes” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), I did find myself squinting at the complex family tree and wondering what the printed version might offer.

Some books demand a printed -- not electronic -- version.
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