In the prologue to “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink,” author Barry Joseph reveals the question he asked himself when presented with the prospect of writing a history of seltzer. “How could there be enough for a whole book?”
Part love triangle, part war story, “Promised Land: A Novel of Israel” by Martin Fletcher spans the decades from Israel’s independence to 1967. While true historical figures — from David Ben-Gurion to Ariel Sharon — serve as characters, the story focuses primarily on a fictional family.
It was a little chaotic getting all three members of the band Distant Cousins on the phone the day before Thanksgiving, but they made it work, even as one of them, Duvid Swirsky, talked on his car’s speakerphone with the antic chatter of two 6-year-old boys in the background.
After the Nazis rounded up 450,000 Jews and forced them into the Warsaw Ghetto, a covert group comprised of journalists, scholars and community leaders worked to keep their heritage alive. The group was called Oyneg Shabes and it defied the Third Reich with pen and paper.
Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York magazine and contributing editor at Elle, recently published her third book, “Good and Mad,” an examination of what happens not only when women get angry, but when they deploy that anger to galvanize social change. Women’s anger, Traister writes…
“Charm City,” a critically acclaimed documentary about community relations and the Baltimore Police Department, was directed by Marilyn Ness, a filmmaker from New York. It follows community activists, police officers and people just trying to make it through the day as they grapple with the …
Even before its official release this month, Norman Eisen’s “The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House” ranked No. 1 on Amazon’s list of new Jewish biographies.
What would you do if you were alone in a room with Adolf Eichmann? What kind of conversation would you have? These questions come to mind watching “Operation Finale,” which details the 1960 capture of Eichmann, who was living undercover in Buenos Aires. The film stars Oscar Isaac as Mossad a…
Not long ago, in an antiques shop, I found a February 1937 issue of “National Geographic” that featured Berlin. It portrayed a city thriving under Nazi rule, with photos of streets festooned with swastika flags, Hitler’s birthday parade and children smiling in front of swastika-draped buildings.
Imagine it’s your first day of college and, as you walk toward your dorm, students smile at you, greet you fondly, hug you and welcome you back, even though you’ve never been here before. Sounds like a Twilight Zone episode, right?
On Monday, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society held the public opening for “Israel at 70: The Diverse Faces of Israel,” a solo exhibit of photography by Joel Zolondek, a Jewish News contributor. Marty Haberer, CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, and Vicki Cabot, a former Jewish Ne…
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the legendary Jewish American conductor and composer, Arizona Musicfest’s presents “Beethoven & Bernstein.”
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) is a little more than a week away, and the event’s 22nd year promises to be its largest yet, with organizers predicting more than 10,000 attendees over 15 days.
Honest cooking and sincere storytelling rely on similar ingredients: tradition, love, humor and spice, among others. These components are found throughout “Candies from Heaven,” the newly translated memoir of leading Israeli culinary journalist and TV personality Gil Hovav.
A local nonprofit, the Jewish Cultural Orchestra (JCO), will hold a concert on Jan. 29 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, performed by members of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. The program will consist of 30 theme songs from popular television shows, all of which were written by Jewish compo…
Given its Jewish screenwriter and Jewish director, the last installment in the “Star Wars” series, 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” occasioned a number of Jewish-flavored headlines, like “The Secret Jewish History of ‘Star Wars’ ” and “From Jediism to Judaism: Star Wars as Jewish Allegory.”
It couldn’t exactly be called a fad, but North America’s Chasidic community has garnered a lot of attention of late.
When most people think of Jewish music, they probably imagine the dulcet warbling of a klezmer clarinet and not the propulsive rhythm of a reggae groove or the harmonies of a bluegrass spiritual.
I began reading Nicole Krauss’ new novel, “Forest Dark,” with interest, most especially because the hardback copy I picked up from the library had a blurb on the front cover from the author of one of my favorite books.
After four years at Steele Indian School Park in downtown Phoenix, the Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest is moving to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale.
Were there still Jews in Portugal after the Inquisition in 1536 wiped them out? How did some survive? Where did they live? How did they keep their faith alive?
Valley Beit Midrash has released the schedule for its 2017-2018 learning series, which includes film screenings, lectures, classes, a concert, panel discussions, a book talk series and a tour of a Hindu temple.
“Menashe” is an insightful and moving portrait set within Brooklyn’s Chasidic community and is the first full-length film in Yiddish to hit the big screen in 70 years. The story behind the film is just as engaging.
The National Library of Israel (NLI) has launched a massive online database of centuries-old Jewish manuscripts from across the world.
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Summer Music series holds its second concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, with “Klezmania” at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.
In “Menashe,” which is set to open in Phoenix in August, director Joshua Weinstein has delicately crafted a work that emanates a rarely seen authenticity, tenderness and depth sadly lacking in other mainstream films about Chasidic Jews and their communities.
During the summer, children like to forget anything that reminds them of school. But keeping your children intellectually engaged can prevent the so-called “summer slide” when they head back into the classroom.
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Summer Music series makes its debut 2-4 p.m., Sunday, July 16, with “A Tour of Jewish Europe Through Classical Music Starring Chris and Johnny Rice” at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix, in the Lewkowitz Sanctuary.
The Israeli film “The Women’s Balcony,” which is set in a traditional Orthodox community in Jerusalem, has become an unexpected box office hit both in Israel and the United States.
You don’t need to be a scholar of Jewish music to enjoy Velvel Pasternak’s new book, “Behind the Music: Stories, Anecdotes, Articles & Reflections.” You just need to be someone who wants to learn about the adventures of the author, a man who has done more than anyone else in our time to …