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    July 20: Jews and Chess

    July 19, 2018

    The World Chess Federation was founded in Paris on this date in 1924,...

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    Haggadah for Nazi-Friendly Jews

    March 27, 2018

    Mobile users, click here (Click the image to enlarge!)   Eli Valley’s comics collection Diaspora Boy: Comics on Crisis in America and Israel is available now. His website is www.elivalley.com....

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    A Long Overdue Correction

    March 20, 2018

    In February, 1964, Jewish Currents mistakenly identified fencer Henry Kolowrat as a Jewish athlete. That error was included in Mr. Kolowrat's Wikipedia entry. He recently wrote to us that the "attribution probably resulted from a plan by one of my Jewish friends in the fencing world. Having a sense of humor, and even back then being an apostate Catholic from a long line of Catholics, it took me a while to get around to fixing it."...

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    Inching My Way into India

    February 28, 2018

    by Lawrence Bush I GO CRAZY for the first 24 hours trying to hook into technology so that I can pretend I'm not that far away from home: searching for wifi signals and passwords, SIM cards, the charging cables and adapters that we brought, and so on. Plus I'm here with my teacher-wife, who has toted a 65-pound duffel bag of teaching materials — scarves, paper tape, dowels, posters, bluetooth gadgets, and more, for which she's constantly searching, once we've unpacked our gear and settled into o...

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    Feb 5 Hal Blaine

    February 5, 2018

    Drummer Hal Blaine (Belsky), who has worked as a studio musician on more than forty Number One single and played on more hit records than any other rock drummer, was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on this date in 1929. including Nancy Sinatra, Jan and Dean, Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, the Carpenters, the Beach Boys, the Grass Roots,[3] the 5th Dimension, the Monkees, the Partridge Family, and Steely Dan. Blaine is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame...

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    Anti-Occupation Activists Undeterred By Israel's Blacklist

    January 11, 2018

    Photo courtesy of Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim by Emily C. Bell   ISRAEL HAS ABRUPTLY closed the door on members of twenty organizations that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS). The list of organizations referred to as a “BDS blacklist” was released on January 7 and includes Code Pink, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). Israel had been slowly tightening its borders, or threatening to do so, since March of last year, when the...

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    First Anti-Trump Protestors Acquitted, But Challenges Remain

    December 27, 2017

    by Mike Isaacson   ENDING A YEAR of legal proceedings, the prosecution of a group of Trump inauguration-day protesters concluded last week with the acquittal of all the accused. Six of the 194 defendants faced upwards of sixty years in prison for attending a January 20th inauguration-day anti-Trump march. The stakes of the “J20” trial were immense. According to the state’s legal argument, engaging in normal protest activities -- attending the march, communicating information about it, bringi...

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    The Making and Unmaking of the Podhoretz Dynasty

    December 19, 2017

    Norman Podhoretz's Making It and the Neoconservative Legacy   I. NORMAN PODHORETZ'S MEMOIR Making It is not exactly a good book, but it’s a better book than anyone gave it credit for in 1967. Upon its initial publication, it was savaged by the circle of New York intellectuals the author had spent his early career endearing himself to, a struggle that comprises the book’s main subject. Re-issued for its 50th anniversary by the New York Review of Books, Making It in 2017...

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    With Love and Sadness: Why Social Democrats USA Should Endorse BDS

    September 3, 2017

    by   JEWISH CURRENTS has published several articles, pro and con, discussing the resolution passed several weeks ago at the Democratic Socialists of America’s national convention in Chicago, endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.  A week later, Social Democrats USA held its national convention in Philadelphia, where a resolution was submitted that endorsed the BDS movement.   However, this resolution differed significantly from that of DSA's: It was wri...

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    Thoughts on Jewish-Muslim Engagement in the Era of Trump

    April 26, 2017

    by Benjamin Kweskin I AM very heartened to see several national Jewish organizations across the political and ideological spectrum supporting American Muslims, a community clearly under attack and on the defensive amid the unprecedented McCarthyite witch-hunt by the current presidential administration regime and many of its emboldened supporters. Only ten days after the new US president was inaugurated, a report came out revealing that anti-Muslim legislation in the US had skyrocketed, sending...

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    Preview Lilly Rivlin's New Film on Heather Booth

    October 3, 2016

    To purchase tickets in advance, click here.    ...

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