Jewish books

Reading, writhing, arguing...

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 23, 2014

I’m one of the guests on A Good Read this week. It’s one of BBC Radio 4’s longest-running programmes. Two guests join the presenter to discuss their favourite book. It’s a great show as the reviews are conflictingly honest and it usually ends with a bit of argy-bargy when one participant forcefully justifies their choice of book to the others.

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Honours for producer Codron, author Horowitz and FA’s Bernstein

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

An American rabbi, a theatre producer, a writer and the former Football Association chairman have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

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Simon Schama: British Jews must resist the victim-bully image

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Historian Simon Schama has restated his Zionist beliefs and called for a shift in the public view of Jews as “either victims or bullies”.

Despite the shock expressed in some circles over his statement that he was a Zionist in his recent BBC series The Story of the Jews, Professor Schama said he had meant to be bold and was “completely unapologetic”.

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Classic bedtime tales to keep children listening

By Simon Rocker, December 16, 2013

When my son was a young boy, I wanted to read him some stories of Jewish interest besides the favoured pirate adventures. After all, Judaism has generally communicated its ideas and values through stories rather than systematic creed so where better than to start at bedtime?

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Student questions answered

By Simon Rocker, September 30, 2013

A young science graduate has published a book explaining the Jewish attitude towards other faiths based on his campus experiences in London.

Sina Cohen, who was president of the Jewish society at Royal Holloway, University of London from 2008-11, hopes that The Jewish Position on Other Religions will be helpful to students.

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Wiener Library gets £1 million Lottery grant

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

One million pounds of National Lottery money has been granted to the Wiener Library, Europe’s premier Holocaust archive.

The money, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is to form part of an endowment that will allow the library to expand its provision of school workshops, lectures and exhibitions.

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Thriller based on real-life antisemitism

By Toby Axelrod, May 3, 2013

Could Germany ever have a Jewish chancellor? The notion may seem far-fetched, but it is the scenario that British writer and journalist David Crossland has concocted to convey his worries about antisemitism and xenophobia in modern Germany.

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3,000 years of culture in 10 volumes

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2013

Just over a century ago Chayim Bialik, one of the forefathers of modern Hebrew literature, co-edited a book that was to become a standard text for generations of Israeli schoolchildren. Sefer Ha’Agadah, The Book of Legends, was a compilation of stories from the Talmud and Midrash.

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Five front-runners in novel race

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2013

A novelist who brought to life the quirks of Jewish life in north-west London is in the running for the top prize given to female writers in the UK.

Francesca Segal is one of 20 novelists — five of whom are Jewish — shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, which comes with a £30,000 cheque and the chance of increased publicity and book sales.

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The Ovitzes: The family of dwarfs who survived Auschwitz

By Anna Sheinman, February 28, 2013

An Israeli husband-and-wife team’s extraordinary story of a family of seven dwarfs who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and the “Doctor of Death”, Joseph Mengele, will be brought to life at Jewish Book Week on Sunday.

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