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Veterans Day: Honoring American military of all faiths

By Bill Simons

As November 11, 2021 – Veterans Day – draws closer, I find myself returning to a time-worn book, published 77 years ago. The National Jewish Welfare Board produced “Fighting for America: A Record of the Participation of Jewish Men and Women in the Armed Forces” during…

Off the Shelf: Two Israeli authors

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

There is a debate about whether reviewers should discuss an author’s nationality when writing about their work. When reviewing novels and memoirs about Soviet Jewish immigrants to the U.S., it makes sense to compare and contrast their experiences, especially if th…

Off the Shelf: Do movies matter?

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Are motion pictures merely entertainment, or are they worthy of serious, academic study? It’s clear that Helene Meyers believes that movies have made an important contribution to American culture: she explores the way Jewish films have influenced Jews and Gentiles…

Jewish Online Resources 10/22/2021

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal will hold the virtual class “Soul Lab: Acc…

Jewish Baseball Players: King of Jewish baseball, part II: diamond domains

By Bill Simons

Part I of this series introduced the person and personae of Nate Fish, the self-proclaimed “King of Jewish Baseball.” Baseball diamonds have led Fish, a man of many parts, to adventures in places obscure and celebrated in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. …