Issue 34

Friday, August 19, 2016

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Piaker Lecture to be held on September 8

The 21st Annual Pauline and Philip M. Piaker Memorial Lecture will be held at the Chabad Center on Thursday, September 8, at 7 pm. Sasson Reuven, a veteran Israeli Defense Force commando, will present “Failure was Not an Option” in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of “Operation Thunderbolt,” Israel’s mission to free Israeli and Jewish hostages held in the Entebbe airport in July 1976.

Winning awards for doing what he loves

Jake Loew, son of Ani and Jeffrey Loew, of Binghamton, is having a good year. The Shenandoah University student, who will be a senior this fall, was not only named a 2016 College Baseball All-American by Jewish Sports Review, but was also selected to the College Sports Information Director’s first team Academic All-District V for baseball, the Virginia Sports Information Directors Academic All-State team and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.


Book review: Noses, identities and Judaism

Among the many reviews I’ve written, several feature graphic memoirs by women artists/cartoonists. While most of them were enjoyable, I never saw them as part of a larger cultural movement exploring Jewish American identity – at least, not until I read Tahneer Oksman’s “How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs” (Columbia University Press).


Right to exist

Does a nation of immigrants that forcibly moved 15,000 native inhabitants from their homes by military force to an area with few natural resources have a right to exist? Does your thinking change if that forced removal also caused an estimated 4,000 deaths? If you’re wondering if these are trick questions, you’re right. I’m not talking about Israel: this is what happened in the United States of America with the Indian removal policies of Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren in the 1830s.

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