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Jonathan Kirsch

“Squirrel Hill” Shows Violence Against Jews Can Happen Anywhere

“Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood” by Mark Oppenheimer (Knopf) is a rich and important effort to write that day into history by showing us in vivid detail what the Jewish community endured and survived on that day. 

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Traveling Truth-Teller

As we find out in his new book, “The Will to See: Dispatches From a World of Misery and Hope”, Lévy has put himself in harm’s way in the dangerous and troubled places that he writes about, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine.

The “Many Faces” of the Jewish Immigrant Experience

Persoff charts his metamorphosis from a greenhorn into an American — and from an aspiring engineer into an accomplished actor—with the evocative scene-setting and story-telling that fleshes out the saga of the Jewish immigrant experience in America.

The Shoah and the Struggle for Beauty

“After: The Obligation of Beauty” by Mindy Weisel is a testament to the artist’s lifelong struggle to make sense of the Shoah and, especially, the ordeal that her parents survived in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.


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