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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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In Memoriam: Irwin Corey

by Bennett Muraskin “THE WORLD’S FOREMOST AUTHORITY,” Irwin Corey, has died at the ripe old age of 102. His shtik was to impersonate a professor spouting intellectual gibberish. He typically started his shpil with “However,” and, after a barrage of wordy non-sequiturs, ended it by asking “What was the question?” Typically in the course of […]

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A Yiddish Moment with Irwin Corey

by Hershl Hartman THE NEW YORK TIMES’ obituary for “Professor” Irwin Corey, “the world’s greatest authority” (February 7) recalled his “unrepentant leftist view,” his “admiration for Fidel Castro,” his being an “enthusiastic member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union” and describing himself as a “short Jewish atheist.” It also noted that “some network executives […]

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In Memoriam: Henry Foner

by Bennett Muraskin HENRY FONER (March 23, 1919—January 11, 2017), the last of the four activist Foner brothers — all heroes to Jewish Currents readers and other progressives — has left us at age 97. His loss will be felt deeply by JC: He was the eldest member of the magazine’s Editorial Board and a […]

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In Memoriam: Theodore Bikel

May 2, 1924 — July 21, 2015 by Bennett Muraskin From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents THERE ARE FEW contemporary Jews who have been more steeped in the tradition of progressive yiddishkayt than Theodore Bikel. He grew up in Vienna, but after Nazi Germany took over the country in 1938, his family emigrated […]

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Remembering a Favorite Storyteller

Roslyn Bresnick-Perry, 1922-2015 by Caren Schnur Neile LAST NOVEMBER I was invited to present as a storyteller/scholar at the annual conference of the International Association of Yiddish Clubs in Boca Raton, Florida. I had no trouble coming up with a topic: My dear friend and colleague Roslyn Bresnick-Perry, born in Belarus, fit the theme of […]

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Spock as Unassimilated Vulcan

by Michael Salop THE TEXT CAME IN ON FRIDAY, February 27, at 1:09 pm. “Spock died.” It was a fitting way to find out that Leonard Nimoy had shuffled off this mortal coil — via a bit of technology that would have been considered science fiction when Star Trek first ran in the 1960s. But it […]

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