Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America by Fred Behrend

Rebuilt from Broken Glass: A German Jewish Life Remade in America by Fred Behrend

Symbolized by a three-hundred-year-old Seder plate, the religious life of Fred Behrend’s family had centered largely around Passover and the tale of the Jewish people’s exodus from tyranny. When the Nazis came to power, the wide-eyed boy and his family found themselves living a twentieth-century version of that exodus, escaping oppression and persecution in Germany for Cuba and ultimately a life of freedom and happiness in the United States. Behrend’s…

The Right Wrong Man by Lawrence Douglas

The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial by Lawrence Douglas

John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial In 2009, Harper’s Magazine sent war-crimes expert Lawrence Douglas to Munich to cover the last chapter of the lengthiest case ever to arise from the Holocaust: the trial of eighty-nine-year-old John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk’s legal odyssey began in 1975, when American investigators received evidence alleging that the Cleveland autoworker and naturalized US citizen had collaborated in Nazi genocide. In the years…

Yossi and the Monkeys: A Shavuot Story by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

Yossi and the Monkeys: A Shavuot Story by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

Illustrated by Shirley Waisman Yossi has no money to buy the food and flowers his family needs for Shavuot. He tries selling the kippahs his wife sews, but he has no luck until a mischievous monkey shows up. The monkey’s antics attract customers and win Yossi’s heart . . . but did Yossi’s new friend come to stay? Review at the Jewish Journal

Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present: A Kaleidoscopic View

Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present: A Kaleidoscopic View

Edited by Josef Meri This volume assembles multidisciplinary research on the Judaeo-Islamic tradition in medieval and modern contexts. The introduction discusses the nature of this tradition and proposes the more fluid and inclusive designation of “Jewish-Muslim Relations.” Contributions highlight diverse aspects of Jewish-Muslim relations in medieval and modern contexts, including the academic study of Jewish history, the Qur’anic notion of the “upright community” referring to the “People of the Book,”…

About the Night by Anat Talshir

About the Night by Anat Talshir

Evan Fallenberg, translator On a hot summer day in 1947, on a grandstand overlooking Jerusalem, Elias and Lila fall deeply, irrevocably in love. Tragically, they come from two different worlds. Elias is a Christian Arab living on the eastern side of the newly divided city, and Lila is a Jew living on the western side. A growing conflict between their cultures casts a heavy shadow over the region and their…

Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home by Jessica Berger Gross

Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home by Jessica Berger Gross

A powerful, haunting memoir about one woman’s childhood of abuse and her harrowing decision to leave it all behind that redefines our understanding of estrangement and the ability to triumph over adversity. To outsiders, Jessica Berger Gross’s childhood—growing up in a “nice” Jewish family in middle class Long Island—seemed as wholesomely American as any other. But behind closed doors, Jessica suffered years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands…

Hezekiah in History and Tradition by Robb Andrew Young

Hezekiah in History and Tradition by Robb Andrew Young

The Judean monarch Hezekiah remains one of the most significant figures in biblical studies. For all of his greatness, however, there is little about him that may be stated with certainty. This study provides a detailed reexamination of this enterprising ruler. It commences with data outside the biblical text from Assyrian records and ancient Near Eastern archaeology which may be brought to bear in reconstructing the historical Hezekiah, and subsequently…

The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story by Allison and Wayne Marks

The Art Lesson: A Shavuot Story by Allison and Wayne Marks

Illustrated by Annie Wilkinson Shoshana loves spending time at Grandma Jacobs’ art studio and for Shavuot, Grandma Jacobs has a very special art project in mind! Shoshana learns how to make papercuts by carefully folding squares of paper and cutting shapes out of them. But can she create works of art as beautiful as the ones Grandma makes? Review at the Jewish Journal

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

When the Great Depression hits, Florence Fein leaves Brooklyn College for what appears to be a plum job in Moscow—and the promise of love and independence. But once in Russia, she quickly becomes entangled in a country she can’t escape. Many years later, Florence’s son, Julian, will make the opposite journey, immigrating back to the United States. His work in the oil industry takes him on frequent visits to Moscow,…