Arts and Culture Category

Originally published in the Huffington Post prior to conference. This weekend, J Street, a new Jewish “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace” PAC and Washington-based organization is holding its first national conference. The two of us, along with another artist, were to perform and read poems at several sessions during the conference. Specifically, we were invited to lead a […]

From One Rachel to Another

In: Arts and Culture, Film, Gaza, Israeli Occupation, Palestine

An open letter to Rachel Corrie as the screening of the film that bears her name, honors her life, and condemns her death faces shameless criticism and censorship. Dear Rachel, The day you were crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza, was a stormy day in Tel Aviv. March 16, 2003 — to […]

Recently, a group of authors and poets gathered at Afikomen Books in Berkeley, CA, for an event titled Jewish Women & Spirituality, to read work they had published in Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal. I read an excerpt from “Second Glances,” which appeared in Bridges last year. It’s a piece I wrote with my friend […]

Today was the start of the 2nd Palestine Festival of Literature, slated to open at the Palestinian National Theater in East Jerusalem. The festival began as a call from Edward Said, to “reaffirm the power of culture over the culture of power.” As participants were gathering, the Israeli police shut down the theater. The French […]

On Wednesday, CBC Radio Show Q hosted a discussion, “Anti-Semitism or artistic chill?” with Jewish academic and artist b.h. Yael, and Executive Vice President of B’nai Brith Canada Frank Dimant on art and being critical of Israel. A bit of background on the Q: Q is Canada’s liveliest arts, culture and entertainment magazine. It’s a […]

It is with absolute outrage and a deep sadness that we write this statement regarding our experience working with the Koffler Centre of the Arts. As a Jewish curator and Jewish artist, we were invited by the Koffler to develop a project in early 2008. Since April of last year we have been working closely […]

Celebrating Our Jewish Moms

In: Arts and Culture, Jewish women

(Grandma Lil, first night of Chanukah 2007) Jewish Women’s Archive is putting together a Flickr “exhibit” of photographs of Jewish mothers past and present in honor of Mother’s Day. If you’re not sure how to add your Flick photos to it, Jewess posted all the details. I just added photos of my mom and my […]

Wings, for Gaza

In: Arts and Culture, Gaza, Jewish Identity, Occupation, Poetry

A poem for National Poetry Month. This poem, Wings, for Gaza, was recorded, and first read, in January 2009 at a Poetry for Gaza benefit in Oakland, CA for the Middle East Children’s Alliance.

While the internet, Facebook and Twitter grant us a global connection, the focus on our local communities remain integral, necessary and vital to Jewish identity. That’s at least one message that Yiddishkayt and Jewish Artists Initiative are bringing to Los Angeles this Passover through this Ashkenazi seder celebration. This Thursday, April 2nd, they’ll be hosting […]

Dan Kahn and The Painted Bird’s new album, Partisans and Parasites is an addictive collection by outstanding, creative musicians. Together, the fast-paced, high energy klezmer, and sharp, evocative lyrics – sung in Yiddish, English, German and Russian – are a necessary compass for navigating the endless moral riddles and inescapable paradoxes in which we live. […]