Articles written by Beth Kissileff

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Judah Samet was a mensch well before he survived the Tree of Life shooting

(JTA) - It is rare that one can say attending a funeral was an uplifting experience. Yet the funeral Thursday for Judah Samet, who died Sept. 27, 2022, was exactly that, because remembering Judah can...


Artwork by children around the world installed at Pittsburgh's synagogue

PITTSBURGH (JTA)-An art installation consisting of works submitted by children from around the world was unveiled at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. "#Hearts Together: The Art of... Full story


Meet the new 'Jewish Oprah'

(JTA)—On April 1, Naomi Firestone-Teeter became executive director of the Jewish Book Council, which promotes the reading, writing, publishing and distribution of English-language Jewish books. Firestone-Teeter, whose predecessor Carolyn...


Some of Lincoln's best friends were Jews

(JTA)-A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his rela... Full story


Expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel's leading literary prize

(JTA)-Israel's biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery. The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an... Full story


Carolyn Hessel, Jewish world's book maven, turns the page

(JTA)-When Carolyn Starman Hessel joined the New York-based Jewish Book Council in 1994-at the request of friend Marsha Posner-she knew nothing about the publishing world. Since then, she's been... Full story

 By Beth Kissileff    News    June 6, 2014

Philip Roth, onetime 'enfant terrible,' gets seminary honor

(JTA)—“What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what... Full story


Jonathan Ames, 'Herring Wonder' and HBO series creator, does Israel

Writer Jonathan Ames, creator of the HBO television series “Bored to Death,” is known for his fearless and exhibitionistic persona. One can find YouTube videos of him eating herring and boxing at... Full story


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