April 25: Ella Fitzgerald and Norman Granz

Ella Fitzgerald, one of America’s greatest jazz singers, was born in Newport News, Virginia on this date in 1917. She was already a star of the jazz scene in Harlem, with a Decca Records contract, a hit song (“A-Tisket, A-Tasket”), and a Jewish manager, Milt Gabler, when she was introduced to the jazz impresario Norman […]

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Confronting the “New Campus Anti-Semitism”

As Professional Israel Advocates Intervene in Campus Affairs by Rabbi Brant Rosen THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZED Jewish community, the mainstream media and academia, we’re increasing talk of a sharp increase in anti-Semitism on American college campuses. In response to recent incidents at UCLA and elsewhere, one congregational rabbi from Los Angeles has warned of “something deeper, more […]

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Can the Climate Crisis Foster Global Justice?

Naomi Klein Believes That’s What We’ll Need by Mimi Bluestone From the Spring 2015 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this Essay: This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein. Simon & Schuster, 2014, 576 pages. NAOMI KLEIN THINKS the climate crisis can catapult us into a better world. If we build a movement broad and powerful […]

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