MGM

The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer company, or MGM, was founded on this date in 1924 when Marcus Loew, owner of the Loew’s theater chain, took control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Pictures. MGM was the dominant Hollywood film studio through World War II, producing such classics as The Wizard of Oz, the originalBen Hur and the Charlton […]

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A Long Overdue Correction

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 […]

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Feb 5 Hal Blaine

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 […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Looking in on Western Literature

BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS by Mitchell Abidor Discussed in this essay: Essays on World Literature by Ismail Kadare, translated by Ani Kokobobo, Restless Books, 2018, 255 pages; The Wild Book by Juan Villoro, translated by Lawrence Schimel, Restless Books, 2017, 232 pages.   IT SOUNDS like damning with faint praise to call Ismail Kadare the greatest Albanian novelist, […]

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Israel Banned the Organization that Saved My Family

by Tzuria Falkenberg   LAST WEEK, Israel published a list of twenty international organizations whose members will no longer be allowed to enter the country because of those organizations’ support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Almost eighty years ago, members of one of those newly-banned organizations saved a member of my family. Among the […]

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Anti-Occupation Activists Undeterred By Israel’s Blacklist

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, […]

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About This Calendar

“MUSIC, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstract and profoundly emotional,” wrote the late Jewish brain scientist Oliver Sacks in his Musicophilia: Music and the Brain. “It has no power to represent anything particular or external, but it has a unique power to express inner states or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly; […]

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