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  • Week in Review: August 28, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    This week in Jewish news: Israeli court finds Netanyahu administration mistreated refugees from Africa, and Netanyahu makes a deal with ultra-Orthodox political parties. In America, Orthodox rabbis make policy pronouncements regarding children’s vaccination and how to handle suspected child abuse; and Rebecca Honig Friedman reports on Breakthrough’s “Dudes Against Violence Against Women” comedy showcase for a cause.

    August 27, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Jeanne Bishop and Amy Milligan

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, sometimes, the faithful among us do things that are exceptional and rarely understood.

    The loss of a loved one is among the greatest losses one can face. To have a loved one murdered in cold blood is a pain many would think incomprehensible. So how did one woman come to forgive the man who murdered her sister? Jeanne Bishop talks about that in Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer.

    And then, in a culture that emphasizes exposing ever more of oneself, some women take on a Jewish practice of covering their hair. Exploring why and how is Elizabethtown College Professor Amy Milligan, in Hair, Headwear and Orthodox Jewish Women: Kallah’s Choice.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or 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.

    August 24, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: August 21, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Why are Jewish Americans, including reggae singer Matisyahu, being asked to answer for Israel in the public square?; the “Sauna Rabbi,” R’ Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center, will keep his job; and what makes a murderer worthy of forgiveness? In a preview from the next episode of our “Up Close” author interview series, Steven I. Weiss and Jeanne Bishop discuss that question and Bishop’s book, “Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer.”

    August 20, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: William Arkin and Nancy Moses

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, we’re looking at things that end up in unexpected places.

    Twenty years ago, no one thought we’d be able to place a flying weapon across the globe from its pilot, and engage in warfare. William Arkin discusses his book, Unmanned: Drones, Data, and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare.

    And then, when a young German Jewish woman sat for a famous portrait, no one thought it would end up the subject of one of the greatest art disputes in history. Nancy Moses discusses that and more in Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: on the Hunt for Cultural Treasures.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or 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.

    August 17, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: August 14, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    “Jewish terrorism” continues to be a focus for Israel with the death of a Palestinian father from last week’s firebombing and the arrest of several Jewish suspects; a video of two men holding hands and being harassed in Jerusalem goes viral; Meredith Ganzman shines a spotlight on transgender Jews in America, interviewing YU professor Joy Ladin; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with William Arkin, author of “Unmanned: Drones, Data, and the Illusion of Perfect Warfare.”

    August 13, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Goldie Blumenstyk and Amy Fusselman

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    This week on Up Close, when it comes to raising the next generation, what tools will we give them?

    Many would argue that one tool that’s worked well in the past is now broken. Chronicle of Higher Education Senior Writer Goldie Blumenstyk is the author of American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know, now out in paperback.

    And then, if you go to a special part of Tokyo, you’ll see children literally playing with tools — hammers, nails, even fire. It’s an approach we don’t see much in the United States. Amy Fusselman explores this fascinating playground in Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or 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.

    August 10, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: August 7, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    The killing of a Palestinian toddler in an arson attack and several other recent incidents put focus on “Jewish Terrorism”; Jerusalem Pride Parade attack leaves five injured and a 16-year-old Israeli girl dead; New York City will investigate complaints that ultra-Orthodox yeshivas are failing to give their students an adequate secular education. Rebecca Honig Friedman reports on voting rights issues in part 2 of our series on the Catskills village of Bloomingburg, NY; Meredith Ganzman sits down with the Jewish star and creator of Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out,” Jill Kargman; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with Goldie Blumenstyk, author of “American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

    August 6, 2015 | No Comments »

    Jill Kargman, “Odd Mom Out” star and creator, stops by The Jewish Channel

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    Check out Meredith Ganzman’s special interview with “Odd Mom Out” star and creator Jill Kargman, before the season finale tonight at 10/9c on Bravo.

    August 3, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Tracy Dahlby and Blaine Harden

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    This week on Up Close, as Asian economies increasingly rise in prominence and productivity, the home of more than half the world’s population becomes an increasing part of our discussion in the West. Two journalists in this week’s episode offer varying looks at some of the more prominent countries in the region.

    First, Tracy Dahlby spent decades going in and out of Japan, China, Vietnam, and more. Reflecting on his reporting for National Geographic and other publications, he discusses his book Into the Field: a Foreign Correspondent’s Notebook.

    And then, one country that stands as a major outlier in the region for seeing no rise in prosperity at all is North Korea. Former Washington Post correspondent Blaine Harden examines the country as a study in contrast, in The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom.

    Watch the complete episode of Up Close on TJC on-demand on cable in the TJC Original Series/Interviews category. You can also watch highlights from the episode in the video above, or 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.

    August 3, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: July 31, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Jonathan Pollard will be released; Israeli arsonists of Jewish-Arab school sentenced; and allegations of fraud at a Jewish-run charity; Meredith Ganzman sits down with the producers of a new documentary about ground-breaking Jewish entertainer Sophie Tucker; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ “Up Close” interview with journalist Tracy Dahlby, author of “Into the Field: A Foreign Correspondent’s Notebook.”

    July 30, 2015 | No Comments »

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