• Viorst mused about the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad eighties

    By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Exclusive to the CCJN

    Judith Viorst famously chronicled childhood with a series of picture books, most notably the acclaimed “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and a pair of poetry collections, one of which is titled “Sad Underwear.”

    But in recent years, Viorst has trained her authorial sensibilities on the other end of the spectrum: old age. Since 1968, when she was in her late thirties, Viorst has published a book of poems corresponding to each decade of her life, and as time has marched on, she has increasingly turned her attention to the...
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  • The Great Gatesby gala for CGOP a roaring success

    By ALAN SMASON

    Congregation Gates of Prayer held its annual gala on Saturday night, May 11, with a perfectly executed theme reflective of its own name and an homage to the opulence of the Roaring Twenties. Titled “The Great Gatesby,” the affair afforded congregants an opportunity to dress in period...
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    Golabek’s ‘Pianist of Willesden Lane’ is deeply personal journey, concert

    By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

    Just before every performance of “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” the one-woman play based on the book she wrote with Lee Cohen (“The Children of Willesden Lane”),  Mona Golabek holds onto a Magen David that hangs from her necklace. As she grasps...
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Current News

Herman Wouk, legendary author who brought Judaism into the mainstream, dies at 103

By RACHEL GORDAN

BOSTON (JTA) — Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the American mainstream, died Friday at the age of 103.

His agent confirmed the...
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Paris Holocaust monument for children ‘censored’ in unusual case of vandalism

(JTA) — Parts of a text commemorating the murder of Jewish children in the Holocaust were painted over, as if redacted, at a newly-opened memorial park for victims of the genocide in Paris.

Police received reports this week of the...
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Eric Fingerhut to leave Hillel International for Jewish Federations of North America

(JNS.org) — Hillel International announced on Thursday that Eric Fingerhut will be leaving as president and CEO for the Jewish Federations of North America in that same role.

The Cleveland Jewish News first reported Fingerhut’s new position.

“For more than...
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Breaking News

Republicans launch bid to force House vote on BDS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republicans want to force a vote on a controversial bill meant to oppose the anti-Israel boycott. The bill, which earlier this year passed the Senate, has been held up in part because the Democrats, who control the...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Why hasn’t Mel Gibson been cast out in Hollywood?

By EMILY BURACK

Mel Gibson is anti-Semitic. This isn’t just a guess, it’s actual fact based on things Gibson has said. He’s also a misogynist, racist, homophobe and all around (seemingly) terrible person. Yet he’s still working in Hollywood. Why?!

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