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  • Week in Review: March 20, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu wins by a decisive margin for a third consecutive term, despite polls indicating that might not be the case; Christian Niedan visits the Museum of the City of New York for an exhibit of films of Jews from pre-war Poland, updated in a sound and video installation called “Letters To Afar”; Meredith Ganzman visits a kosher food pop-up just in time for Passover, and takes us on a “Backstage Pass to Broadway” with theater publicist turned memoirist Susan L. Schulman, in a story from TJC’s theater show, Row J; and we get a few of the highlights from Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Emily Wilson, author of The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca.

    March 20, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Rabbi Ayelet Cohen and Eve Tushnet

    by TJC Staff
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    On this episode of Up Close, we look at two different approaches to including people of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identity in traditional faith communities.

    The first “gay synagogue,” as it calls itself, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) has its fascinating history told by its former assistant rabbi, Ayelet Cohen, in the book Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.

    And for writer Eve Tushnet, coming out as a lesbian was a natural part of her adolescence. But when she converted from Reform Judaism to Catholicism, that led to a new wrestling between her sexuality and her faith. She writes about her journey in Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith.

    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.

    March 16, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: March 13, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Does a new poll suggest Netanyahu could face a real challenge in the upcoming Israeli elections? Steven I. Weiss breaks it down. Christian Niedan reports on a new documentary, “A Universal Language,” which uses comedy to break down barriers in Israel-Diaspora cultural relations, and Meredith Ganzman profiles Kurt Deutsch, producer of the new movie musical “The Last Five Years,” in a preview from the upcoming episode of our theater show, Row J.
    Plus, a peek at our Up Close interview with Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, author of Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.

    March 12, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: David Gelles and Gabriele Oettingen

    by TJC Staff
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    This week on Up Close, examining ourselves and how we and the organizations we’re a part of can better achieve our goals.

    Meditating is the hot new thing for major corporations. And New York Times business reporter David Gelles has been meditating for more than a decade. He brings his personal experience to bear on his reporting in Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business From the Inside Out.

    And then, for decades now we’ve been told that the way to think about what we want to achieve is to think positively. But scientific research shows otherwise. New York University Professor Gabriele Oettingen discusses her book, Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation.

    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.

    March 6, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: March 6, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    The news from Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, and Meredith Ganzman finds out about the Jewish heritage of an actual circus, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey.
    Plus a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with NYU prof. Gabriele Oettingen, author of Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation.

    March 5, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Daphne Merkin and Jim Dwyer

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    This week on Up Close, we look at what happens when we publicize private details.

    Daphne Merkin is a well-known essayist who has built a reputation for revealing much about herself and digging deeply into the lives of others. She discusses her new book, The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, The Brontes, and The Importance of Handbags.

    But these days, all of us are revealing a lot more about ourselves than we ever have before, often without our knowing consent. New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer tells the story of those who would try to change that in More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Quest to Save Your Privacy From Facebook.

    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.

    March 2, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: February 27, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Netanyahu and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush get chummy on Twitter; the PLO and PA were fined in a U.S. court for alleged involvement in six terrorist attacks that took place from 2002-2004; Christian Niedan reports on one Jewish museum’s efforts to reach visitors beyond the confines of the objects on display; Meredith Ganzman looks into efforts to reach Jewish students with special needs; and Steven I. Weiss sits down with essayist Daphne Merkin, author of The Fame Lunches, in a preview of next week’s episode of Up Close.

    February 26, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Peter Manseau and Brigitte Sion

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    On this week’s episode, we explore different ways of looking at our pasts, and what we recover when we do so.

    Our first book is a must-read for anyone interested in religion in America. Delivering a perspective of religious difference in a country often described as Christian, Peter Manseau stops by to discuss his book, One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History.

    And then, what we remember of the past is often colored by the way we choose to memorialize it. Brigitte Sion examines the impact of such monuments in Memorials in Berlin and Buenos Aires: Balancing Memory, Architecture, and Tourism.

    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.

    February 23, 2015 | No Comments »

    Week in Review: February 20, 2015

    by TJC Staff

    Two people killed in anti-Semitic attacks in Denmark — Danish leaders and Israeli PM Netanyahu respond; a conference examines Judaism and gender twenty five years after the publication of Judith Plaskow’s “Standing Again At Sinai”; and a preview of Steven I. Weiss’ Up Close interview with Brigitte Sion, author of “Memorials in Berlin and Buenos Aires: Balancing Memory, Architecture, and Tourism.”

    February 19, 2015 | No Comments »

    Up Close: Shane Harris and Joel Simon

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    On this week’s episode of Up Close, we’re looking at new kinds of warfare, including the consequences for non-combatants.

    Many people talk about the idea that cyber warfare is coming and that we’ll someday be seeing large-scale attacks that have ramifications in the real world. But senior correspondent at The Daily Beast Shane Harris reports that cyber war is here, and has been for some time. We discuss the reality and the consequences in his book, @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.

    To know more about war and what our businesses and governments are doing, we need reporting on those things. But journalists are increasingly facing great dangers in their professions. Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon is the author of The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media 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.

    February 17, 2015 | No Comments »

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