Jewish Culture

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10:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Jewish Poetry Set To Music

Composer Dan Asia

Poet Paul Pines and Composer Dan Asia talk about Jewish Poetry set to music

Poet Yehuda Amichai is one of Israel’s most acclaimed artists. His poems explore different aspects of the Jewish faith. American poet Paul Pines also examines the many components of Judaism in his work. American musical composer Dan Asia set both their works to music which will be performed tonight at Elon University

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Rabbi Of Worms

The Rabbi of Worms by M.K. Hammond

The 11th century isn’t noted in history for its peaceful interfaith relations. And yet, at that time, Christians and Jews alike came from all over Europe to seek the wisdom of the Rabbi of Worms, a French scholar whose commentaries on the scriptures are still used today. Host Frank Stasio talks to writer Marie Hammond about her historical fiction, "The Rabbi of Worms."

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Film Series Shines Light On 'The Real Israel'

Credit Creative Commons

Israel is often seen through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinean conflict, or through the stories of the Holocaust.

Shai Ginsburg wants to change that, to show what life is really like for people in Israel. So he created a film series to showcase true stories from the region.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Scroll Rescued From Nazis Sends Raleigh Rabbi On Interfaith Journey

Credit Rabbi Raachel Jurovics

Host Frank Stasio talks to Rabbi Raachel Jurovics about her interfaith practice

For years, Raleigh Rabbi Raachel Jurovics cared for a Torah scroll looted by the Nazis from a Czech town she thought had been destroyed. As it turns out, the town is still there, and the residents have restored the synagogue that was the scroll's original home.

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The State of Things
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Music Incorporates Stories Of North Carolina Jews

Image from the “Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina” exhibit
Credit / Duke Center for Jewish Studies

A panel talk about new music that incorporates stories of North Carolina Jews

  The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina has been collecting the stories of the state's Jews for years. Now, those recorded interviews are part of an original musical composition - "Down Home: The Cantata."

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Hidden Diaries Of A Young Jewish Woman

Photograph of Etty Hillesum from the Jewish History Museum of Amsterdam.

Writer and performer Susan Stein brings to life the literature of Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum

  Out of the varied horrors of the Holocaust, a body of literature survives.  The most famous voice belongs to Anne Frank.  At 15-years-old, she wrote, “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”  It's hard to believe that anyone, even a child, can be so big-hearted. 

Less well-known is the voice of an adult woman, Etty Hillesum.  And her writing is finally getting its day in the sun.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

A Rabbi's Faith Is Shaped By Grief

Rabbi Daniel Greyber

Meet Rabbi Daniel Greyber

Rabbi Daniel Greyber has dedicated his life to God, but it is not an unquestioning devotion. Rather, his belief has been shaped by losses that led him to question and consider his faith.

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State of Things
10:24 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Meet Stella Suberman

"The Jew Store" (Algonquin Books/1998) is Stella Suberman's bestselling memoir about growing up in a small town in Tennessee where her parents ran the dry goods market. The Great Depression sent Suberman's family back to New York and eventually to Miami where she found a larger community of Jews including her future husband. Her subsequent two books, including her latest, "The GI Bill Boys" (University of Tenneesee Press/2012), chronicle the better part of the 20th century. The Chapel Hill-based author joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her life’s journey.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Jewish-American Identity & Food

A lot of what we cook defines us. Say "barbecue and sweet tea" and people hear, "the South." The same is true for immigrants. As hyphenated Americans we are what we eat. This will be the subject of an upcoming lecture by Nora Rubel, an assistant professor of religion and classics at the University of Rochester in New York. Rubel earned her graduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and returns next week talk about "The Settlement Cookbook and the Transformation of Jewish-American Identity." But first she joins guest host Laura Leslie with a preview.

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