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  • Week in Review: August 12, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    Jews in sports! At the Olympics, Team USA’s gymnastics captain Aly Raisman helps her team take gold; Israeli Judo-ist Yarden Gerbi wins the bronze medal; and basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire rejects NBA offers and instead will play for Israel’s Hapoel Jerusalem team next year.

    August 11, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: August 5, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    NYU Prof. Hasia Diner is the most prominent Jewish academic to renounce Zionism, in an op-ed in Haaretz; Missouri has its first Jewish Republican candidate for governor in former Navy Seal Eric Greitens; and more of this week’s Jewish news.

    August 4, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 29, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    This week in Jewish news: Israel’s Knesset approves bill overriding an Israeli Supreme Court decision that ruled for more openness in Israeli mikvahs, making it easier to prevent non-Orthodox conversions from taking place; another bill being considered would allow ultra-Orthodox schools to exempt themselves from the standard Israeli core curriculum in general studies. Meanwhile, a survey of Scottish Jews finds they feel increasingly threatened by anti-Semitism.

    July 28, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 22, 2106

    by TJC Staff

    Controversy over Jerusalem’s Pride Parade: Mayor Nir Barkat won’t attend out of deference to religious community; brother of the ultra-Orthodox man who stabbed six at last year’s parade arrested for allegedly planning a similar attack.

    July 21, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 15, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    Miko Grimes’ anti-Semitic tweets; no-shows at memorial service in Jedwabne, Poland; and why Pokémon GO is not welcome at the Holocaust Museum.

    July 14, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: April 22, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    Breaking down the NY Democratic Primary, a.k.a the most Jewish vote in this year’s election; a glimpse of fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s first museum retrospective at The Jewish Museum; and more…

    April 21, 2016 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Ray Locker and Sheila Fitzpatrick

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on “Up Close,” there are times when those in charge of a country act with seemingly complete disregard for the law. We saw that in the United States with former President Richard Nixon. To a differing extent and in a different way, the Soviet Union saw it with Josef Stalin. But how did that culture of illegality develop, and how did those around them react?

    The culture of law-breaking and secrecy in Richard Nixon’s administration is examined by USA Today Washington Enterprise Editor Ray Locker, in Nixon’s Gamble: How a President’s Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration.

    And then, telling stories about one of the most damaging governments in the 20th century, is University of Sydney Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick, author of On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    February 1, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: January 29, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    Presidential primary candidates’ views on Israel and Palestine; American Jews’ efforts to reform marriage in Israel; acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai takes on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in a new film; and a preview of our Up Close interview with Sheila Fitzpatrick, author of “On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics.”

    January 28, 2016 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Maria Konnikova and Ross McCammon

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close: How can our most basic human behaviors work against us? And what can we do to use them in our favor?

    They’re called “the artisans of crime,” and con artists use what they know about human behavior to identify, lure, and take advantage of a victim. How and why does it work? New Yorker contributing writer Maria Konnikova explains in The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for it… Every Time.

    But understanding all these little bits of psychology is not only helpful in avoiding becoming a victim. We can also learn to be better members of society. In the case of our next author, we can learn to be better co-workers. Esquire senior editor Ross McCammon talks about that in Works Well with Others: An Outsider’s Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also listen to the complete audio of this episode at the top of this post or by subscribing to our weekly audio podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/tjcupclose or on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tjcs-up-close/id807702211.

    January 22, 2016 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: January 22, 2016

    by TJC Staff

    United States and European Union officials step up criticism of Israel for West Bank policies, and a preview of next week’s “Up Close” interview with Esquire’s Ross McCammon, author of “Works Well with Others.”

    January 21, 2016 | No Comments »

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