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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.
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.
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).
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.