Bridging the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

NOA BAUM CAPTURES HER STAGE PERFORMANCE IN A BOOK by Helen Engelhardt Discussed in this essay: A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace, a theater performance and a book by Noa Baum. Familius, 2016, 264 pages. From the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   A VIVACIOUS woman with dark, curly hair and a warm […]

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Our Red Rosa

ROSA LUXEMBURG’S JEWISH LIFE AND COMPLICATED LEGACY by Helen Engelhardt from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents “If they expect us to murder our French or other foreign brothers, then let us tell them — under no circumstances!” A SHORT, frail woman with a clumsy limp had taken the stage at Fechenheim, a district […]

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Singing and Listening for Change

Michael Kline and Carrie Nobel Kline Talk Across the Lines by Helen Engelhardt “The recorded voice is an auditory window into the soul. The way we speak is the most integral detail of who we are.” —Michael Nobel Kline FOR MORE than 60 years, Michael Kline has been a documentarian dedicated to recording the songs, […]

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Muriel’s Gift

Rukeyser’s Poems on Jewish Themes by Helen Engelhardt From the Summer 2015 issue of Jewish Currents To be a Jew in the twentieth century Is to be offered a gift. SO BEGINS the most well-known and beloved of the poems written by Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), who was astonished when the Reform synagogue movement included it […]

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Rediscovering Ezra Jack Keats

by Helen Engelhardt From the Autumn, 2011 issue of Jewish Currents EZRA JACK KEATS IS KNOWN to many of us as the author of the modern classic children’s book, The Snowy Day, in which a young boy named Peter wakes to find his urban neighborhood transformed by a snowfall in the night. He puts on […]

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The Jewish Connections of Käthe Kollwitz

by Helen Engelhardt From the Autumn, 2013 issue of Jewish Currents THIS WOMAN has a strong face, a square jaw, a mouth that does not smile, a wide wrist. There is no seductiveness or sensuality in her self-portrait. She is Käthe Kollwitz, a German graphic artist and sculptor (1867-1945) whose work focused almost exclusively on […]

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