‘Dreamers’ and ‘FDR’ among Jewish book winners

American-born Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevi’s Like Dreamers has been named 2013 Jewish Book of the Year by the Jewish Book Council. Subtitled “The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” the book is about the fracturing of a band of brothers. It follows the lives of seven men who… Read More

Mark Cohen on Allan Sherman

“So he did something very important, and I think we’re still living in the Allan Sherman moment. He helped to invent the American Jewish personality that we see everywhere today,” biographer Mark Cohen says.

Experiencing chasidic life with jujitsu-practicing rabbi

Journalist Rebecca Dana chronicles her time living with a lapsed Chabad rabbi in Brooklyn in her new book, Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde. Photo by Terry Gruber by Chavie Lieber JTA News and Features NEW YORK – What would happen if a pretty, educated, secular journalist experiences a horrible breakup, finds herself broke and… Read More

Chronicling the (Rahm) Emanuel brothers

by Fran Kritz Ezekiel Emanuel, 56, older brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm and Hollywood agent, Ari, has just written a book about the three superstar siblings, Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family. Zeke, as he’s known, charted a more cerebral path — following in the footsteps of the family patriarch, Benjamin, to become… Read More

Ben Katchor illuminates the results

The graphic novelist speaks at Sixth & I by David Holzel Senior Writer Ben Katchor pondered the topic of sardine cans during his appearance at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in the District last week. Katchor, creator of graphic books including Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer and The Cardboard Valise, was asked about an illustrated… Read More