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In Memoriam: Al Feldstein, Shulamit Aloni

by Bennett Muraskin Al Feldstein October 24, 1925 – April 29, 2014 MAD MAGAZINE was essential reading for teenagers in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Its manic, irreverent style of humor may have helped launch the cultural revolution of the 1960s. It certainly influenced a generation of comedians and various facets of mass media, including […]

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December 1, Supplemental: Jacki Bush

Jacqueline S. Bush, the mother of Jewish Currents editor Lawrence Bush and his brother Russ, was born in New York on this date in 1920. She was a speech therapist with the New York Board of Education, had notably handsome penmanship, won awards for ballroom dancing, had an uncanny sense of direction, and was considered […]

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November 28: Transgender Day of Remembrance

The unsolved murder of Rita Hester, an African-American transgender woman in Allston, Massachusetts on this date in 1998 resulted in the launching of the Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20th). Keshet, an organization working for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life, has a “Jewish Guide to the Marking […]

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Avram Sutzkever z"l

As a quarterly magazine, Jewish Currents sadly can’t always keep up with the deaths of Jewish heroes and heroines of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations in a timely way. Radical historian Howard Zinn, Yiddish theater star Mina Bern, leftwing sportswriter Lester Rodney, and cultural pioneer Art D’Lugoff all passed within the past few weeks and […]

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In Memoriam

Abie Nathan April 29, 1927 – August 27, 2008 Abraham Jacob Nathan was a free spirit and a visionary. In 1966, as tensions mounted between Israel and Egypt, he flew a small plane named “Shalom One” to Egypt to discuss peace with Egyptian President Gamel Abdul Nasser. Nathan attempted to repeat the deed in early […]

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Morris U. Schappes, 1907-2004

by Lawrence Bush MORRIS U. SCHAPPES, WHO EDITED and maintained the life of this magazine from 1958 until 2000, died in his Manhattan home on June 3rd. He was 97 years old. Morris served on the editorial board when Jewish Currents was Jewish Life, a magazine sponsored by the Communist Party for the first dozen […]

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