Memoirs of a Hopeful Pessimist

June 3, 2018

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi • Tikkun

“Reading Debbie Weissman’s memoir leaves us with some hope… whose teaching and writing in Israel and the Diaspora and commitment to dialogue between people of different faiths have had a world-wide impact…. An insight into the principles by which Debbie guides her own behavior can be seen as she adopts a modified version of Levinas’ teaching that we should see the “face of God in the Other.” “It would be enough,” she says, “if we could just look at the Other and see a face no less human than our own.”



15% off Urim Publications at Mintzer Bookstore in Gush Etzion

November 19, 2017


Display at Minzer

Urim Publications display table at Mintzer Bookstore


Mintzer Bookstore in Gush Etzion is currently running a 15%-off sale on all Urim titles.

Efrat, Te’ena Commercial Center


Sun-Thurs: 08:30-19:00, Fri: 8:30-13:00



Meet the Author: American Interests in the Holy Land

September 10, 2017


Come meet author Lenny Ben-David!


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

6:00 PM in the Library of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

13 Tel Chai Street (corner of Rachel Emeinu), Jerusalem










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 “From the beginning to the end – U.S. Senators visiting the Western Wall in the 1930’s on the cover, to young Bobby Kennedy reporting on the 1948 Israeli Independence war in the last chapter – Lenny Ben-David’s essays and collection of 100 photographs portray the special relationship between the United States and the Jewish population of the Holy Land from a unique and memorable perspective.” – Senator Joseph I. Lieberman


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Other works by Lenny Ben-David:

American Interests in the Holy Land (2017)

World War I in the Holy Land (2018)

Biblical Sites and the Jews of the Holy Land (2019)

Revealed in Early Photographs


Sneak Peek: Kaytek the Wizard Puppet Show

November 8, 2016

Check out the cool behind the scenes images of Brian Hull’s production of Janusz Korczak’s magical story!

Script and Direction by Brian Hull

Music by Sarah Hart

For more information, visit

Exhibition focuses on book burnings

October 22, 2010

By Mary Thomas

Reports last week of the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature to Mario Vargas Llosa invariably mentioned that 1,000 copies of his first novel, “La Ciudad y Los Perros” (“The Time of the Hero”), were burned by the Peruvian military, which found the book offensive.

A Florida pastor almost caused an international meltdown recently by threatening to burn copies of the Koran. In 1988 a fatwa declared by an Iranian cleric threatened the life of author Salman Rushdie for writing “The Satanic Verses.”

Book burnings and denouncements are not a thing of the distant past, and that is one cautionary of the exhibition “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings,” which opens today at the  American Jewish Museum, Squirrel Hill.

The show was organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C,, and at 7 p.m. Tuesday Tim Kaiser, the museum’s director of educational resources and Wexner Center, will give a free talk, “Behind the Scenes: Background and Development of Fighting the Fires of Hate.” Read the rest of this entry »

Historic treasure of Jewish life and culture gifted to UC Berkeley

August 3, 2010

by Jose Rodriguez

One of the world’s preeminent collections of Jewish life, culture and history will have a new home at the University of California, Berkeley, starting this fall, campus officials and the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley announced today (Monday, June 21).

The 10,000-piece collection of precious music, art, rare books and historical archives – part of the Magnes Museum since its founding in 1961 – will be transferred to UC Berkeley over the summer. The collaboration will partner a world-class collection with a world-class university, complementing the school’s academic offerings, raising the profile of the Magnes collection, and making it more accessible to scholars.

The transfer is being made possible by gifts totaling $2.5 million over five years from philanthropists Warren Hellman, Tad Taube, and the Koret Foundation. These gifts will ensure that the acquisition is built on a solid and self-sustaining financial model.
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Review of Curious George Exhibit at Jewish Museum

April 1, 2010

by John Zeaman

Curious George, the impish monkey who is always getting in trouble, made his picture-book debut in 1941. Today that book is in its 71st printing, and George is one of the classic characters of children’s literature.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, given the serious attention the culture has been paying of late to children’s books, George is also now the star – or co-star – of an exhibit, “Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey,” at the Jewish Museum.

This is a cross-generational show of a type that the Jewish Museum has proved very adept at. As with previous exhibits on author-illustrators Maurice Sendak and William Steig, it simultaneously caters to children and adults. For the children, the gallery has been dressed up with fake doorways and building facades that recall the Paris of the first George book. Halfway through there’s a kids reading area with pillows and heaps of picture books by the Reys.
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