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In Memoriam: Julius Lester

by Bennett Muraskin   JULIUS LESTER  (January 29, 1939-January 18, 2018) embodied the historic Black-Jewish bond in America, as well as Black-Jewish tensions, in his work as a prolific writer, folk musician, folklorist, and public intellectual — and in the very fabric of his identity. The son of a Black minister, he grew up in the upper South, graduated  […]

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Samplings from the New York Jewish Film Festival

by Mitchell Abidor   THE ALWAYS INTERESTING New York Jewish Film Festival will be running from January 10 to January 23 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Information on screenings can be found at nyjff.org. What follows is just a sample of the riches on view. The Romanian director Radu Jude is one of the […]

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January 12: Walter Mosley

Novelist and essayist Walter Mosley, the son of an African-American father and Jewish mother, was born in Los Angeles on this date in 1952. His Jewish relatives “were all socialists, communists from Eastern Europe,” he told Moment magazine in 2010. “They didn’t come here to go to shul, they came here to build that ideal […]

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November 21: A Black Jewish Cop in South Carolina

One of the oldest synagogues in America, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, founded in 1749 in Charleston, South Carolina, became the first to follow Reform practice on this date in 1824 when 47 congregants resigned from the community and organized “The Reformed Society of Israelites.” After nine years,  the members of this society rejoined the old […]

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