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Literature

Israeli writer Etgar Keret explores interactions with AI, where he discovers the AI believes he has written several non-existent books about strange and intriguing themes.
Frieda Johles Forman, a pioneering feminist in Jewish studies and literature, passed away at 87.
"Second Chances: Shakespeare & Freud" by Stephen Greenblatt and Adam Phillips delves into the theme of second chances in life through the lens of literature and psychoanalysis.

Israel

Cousins Yael Levy in Israel and Terri Ackerman in Long Island have organized a team of 150 volunteers to supply IDF soldiers with gear like pocket knives, thermal gloves, medical supplies, and more, totaling over 9,000 pounds distributed since October.
The essay discusses why there is no Palestinian state, highlighting the historical background and challenges to achieving a resolution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israeli tourism to Georgia has surged, with some Israelis choosing to settle in Tbilisi and establish businesses, like the Lichts who opened a falafel eatery and art gallery.
El Al, Israel's national airline, is ending a discount program for shipping donated gear to Israel, citing reduced need for donations as the military's supply situation improved.
As clashes between Israel and Hezbollah intensify in the north, residents of Kiryat Shmona near the Lebanese border have endured ongoing rocket attacks, forcing many to evacuate and leaving the city bruised and empty.
The essay explores the theme of erasure in the context of Israeli-Palestinian relations, focusing on the misinterpretation of Golda Meir's 1976 comment about Palestinians not being a separate people until the mid-1960s.

Holocaust

"Treasure" is a film featuring Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry portraying a father and daughter who visit Poland and Auschwitz after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
In the movie "Treasure," Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry portray a father and daughter duo, Edek and Ruth, who embark on a journey to Poland, exploring their family's Holocaust history.
Descendants of Holocaust survivors, part of a community called Generations Forward, are proactively engaging with their family trauma and sharing their stories to ensure the preservation of Holocaust education as survivors age.
Stephen Fry and Lena Dunham collaborated on the film "Treasure," based on Lily Bretts book "Too Many Men."
Claudia Sheinbaum, la primera mujer presidenta de México, ha mantenido en secreto gran parte de su historia familiar judía.
Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico's first female and Jewish president, has been inaccurately portraying her family's Holocaust survival story.

Communities

Heather Conn Hendel, a beloved figure in Jewish communities in Manhattan and Toronto, passed away at 48 just days after giving birth to her daughter.
Jewish communities across the United States are celebrating Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in America.
The exhibit "Runaway Husbands, Desperate Families: The Story of the National Desertion Bureau," showcased at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, delves into the lives of early 20th-century Jewish immigrants in the U.S., highlighting stories of abandonment by husbands and the efforts to track them down.
The author reflects on a debate within the Charedi community about whether young women should prioritize dating "Learners" who study in Kollel full-time or "Earners" who work to support their families.
Claudia Sheinbaum, a Jewish woman, recently won the Mexican presidential election based on her left-wing politics rather than her religious identity.
Ilana Kaufman, CEO of the Jews of Color Initiative, emphasizes the importance of maintaining commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts despite challenges and conflicts that may arise.
The text discusses the author's experiences as a Jewish individual in both America and Israel, highlighting encounters with different attitudes towards Judaism and Israel.

Antisemitism

The article discusses how antisemitism is being masked under the guise of anti-Zionism, with Jewish individuals facing threats and harassment.
Labour is projected for a significant victory in the upcoming election, with potential challenges from Jewish voters.
The recent European elections in France have posed a crucial question for the Jewish community regarding the impact on their future - as two notably different political coalitions with histories of antisemitism vie for power.
Filmmaker David Herman's documentary, "Jews Defending Jews," explores the history of Jewish resistance against fascism and antisemitism in the UK.
This article discusses the qualifications of two job candidates, Jane and the author, Dan, for a position at a top Chicago law firm.

Jewish Law

The article discusses the recent condemnation of in vitro fertilization (IVF) by the Southern Baptist Convention and its implications for reproductive rights, particularly in light of the ongoing threats to abortion rights.
As Fathers Day approaches, the author challenges the notion that Jewishness is only passed down through the mother, advocating for the acceptance of patrilineal Jews.

Gender/Identity

"Sabbath Queen" is a documentary that follows the journey of Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, known for his drag character Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross, as he challenges boundaries in Jewish identity.
The author reflects on the challenges of navigating modesty and privacy in a household with a pre-teen daughter, highlighting the complexities of being the only male in a predominantly female family.
The text discusses personal experiences working in a synagogue's development office and receiving donations from congregants.
Rabbi Jacob Kohn and other Jewish leaders in the early to mid-20th century expressed concerns about absent fathers in synagogues and their lack of involvement in Jewish family life.

Art

Peggy Guggenheim, renowned art collector, led a fascinating life from socialite to bohemian before solidifying her legacy in Venice.

Miscellaneous

The article discusses various health-related topics within the Jewish community.

Culture

After losing her husband at a young age, the author recounts how her father stepped in to fill the void for her two sons.

Politics

In light of increasing anti-Israel sentiment and antisemitism connected with cultural and ideological shifts, there is a call for a strategic pivot to combat these trends by making American values relevant again.
The text discusses how mainstream media and social media often manipulate Israeli-Palestinian opinions by crafting narratives that maximize attention and outrage, with a focus on what is not covered or omitted, rather than outright lies.

History

Claudia Sheinbaum's family history reveals a previously unknown migration trajectory during World War II.
Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico's first female and Jewish president, has been inaccurately portraying her family's Holocaust survival story, claiming her mother was born in Mexico when records show she was born in Bulgaria and survived the Holocaust.
Israel Bak, a lesser-known figure compared to his contemporaries like Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, played a crucial role in the 19th-century printing and publishing industry in Palestine.

Editors' Note

Welcome to JL;DR!
by Matt Sienkiewicz

Top Topics in Jewish Media

for June 8–June 15

  1. Hamas
  2. Gaza
  3. Jewish Community
  4. Shavuot
  5. Jewish Identity
  6. Hostages
  7. Jewish History
  8. Benjamin Netanyahu
  9. Holocaust
  10. Jewish Tradition

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