Books

A Jerusalem that doesn’t ring true to life

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Review “Jerusalem as a Second Language” by Rochelle Distelheim. Ashburn, Va.: Aubade Publishing, 2020. 283 pages. $17.95. If Rochelle Distelheim paints an accurate portrait, the Jews...

Two Jewish families living the colonial high life

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Review "The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China" by Jonathan Kaufman. New York: Viking Press, 2020. 298 pages....

Pediatrician and math teacher team up for children’s book

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Raph the dodo isn’t like most birds. He can’t fly. But with those strong legs, he comes to find he’s proficient at another skill:...

Reading into Charles Rammelkamp

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At 68, Charles Rammelkamp recently published his book of poems, “Catastroika.” The Baltimore writer had always been a fan of good literature. In college, he...

Laura Zam takes on sexual healing in ‘The Pleasure Plan’

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Laura Zam hated sex. With a passion. The District-based solo performer, writer, public speaker and most recently sexuality educator suffered for decades from painful...

Reading along with D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau

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By Brianne Nadeau Brianne Nadeau has represented the District’s Ward 1 on the D.C. Council since 2015. She’s been a voracious reader a lot longer...

What we’re reading

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Here are the books that are taking the writers, editors and interns of Washington Jewish Week and Baltimore Jewish Times through the summer. “Defending Jacob”...

Could it have been… Greenberg and Garfunkel?

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Review “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend: How Daring Dreams and Unyielding Friendship Turned One Man’s Blindness into an Extraordinary Vision for Life” by Sanford D....

Bolton’s tale of chaos and corruption in the Trump White House

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Review “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” by John Bolton. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020. 494 pages. $32.50. At first glance, it’s...

A Jewish anti-racist reading list for children of all ages

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By Lior Zaltzman This moment has many of us reeling. Honestly, for those of you who are, like me, white-presenting Jewish parents, we should consider...