RABBIS: THE MANY FACES OF
JUDAISM and Other Top reads
George Kalinsky is known the world over as a world class
photographer but his reputation for most of us has been earned in the
sports world. Now along comes "Rabbis" -- in the words of its sub-title
"100 Unexpected Photographs of Rabbis With
"Rabbis" (Universe, $39.95) has an introduction by Senator Joe Lieberman
and a foreward by Kirk Douglas. It is a book that covers the range of
rabbis in the words of Kirk Douglas from "reconstructionist, reform,
conservative, orthodox, and ultra-orthodox. They come from all over the
world. They are all Jews. They are teachers. They are Israel."
From Rabbi Bob Alper, the world's best known practicing stand-up
comedian, to Rabbi Marc Angell who leads the Spanish and Portuguese
Synagogue in New York City through Rabbi Rachel Cowan, head of the Jewish
Life Program, through Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia, to Rabbi Elaine
Zecher, Temple Israel in Boston - and all those in between - "Rabbis"
covers the gamut in the words of its subjects and especially through the
remarkable Kalinsky photographs.
Highly interesting and also very thorough work is "A Traveler's Guide to
the Civil Rights Movement" by Jim Carrier (Harcourt, $14.00, 384 pages,
paper). The award winning author in this guidebook takes the reader to
the bus stops, the street corners, court buildings, former slave markets -
places where history was made and
"Swimming to Antarctica" by Lynne Cox (Alfred A. Knopf, $35.95, 321 pages)
has a heft price tag, but much content for those interested in the
exploits of the world's greatest open-water, long distance swimmer. Cox
not only can swim with the best of them (she broke the world record for
swimming the English Channel when she was 15) she also can write with
verve, detail and passion about her watery exploits. This book like its
author is a winner.
MOST NOTABLE: "Operatives, Spies and Saboteurs" by Patrick K. O'Donnell
(Free Press/Simon & Schuster, $27.00, 363 pages) is a narrative/oral
history that takes the reader behind the scenes into the intrigue and
valor of the men and women of World War II's OSS - the precursor of the
CIA. O'Donnell has made it his cause to capture the stories of WWII before
the last veteran passes. In "Operatives, Spies and Saboteurs" he has
gotten stories from those who have kept their tale to themselves through
many a year. The book is a wonderful accomplishment.
About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining
as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United
States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
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