From the Levinson-Krupp Library January 2018

Contributed by the Levinson-Krupp Library
(Hours: 9 am-noon, Monday & Thursday or upon request)

Happy 2018! A perfect time to come to the library and enjoy our growing collection of books and DVDs. Among the new books we are highlighting:

 

 

FIC GOT
THE BEAUTIFUL POSSIBLE
by Amy Gottlieb

Spanning seventy years and several continents, this enthralling novel tells the braided love story of three unforgettable characters. In 1946, Walter Westhaus, a German Jew who spent the war years at Tagore’s ashram in India, arrives at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he meets Sol Kerem, a promising rabbinical student. A brilliant nonbeliever, Walter is the perfect foil for Sol’s spiritual questions…and an alluring paramour for Sol’s free-spirited fiancée Rosalie. Months later they shatter their impossible bond, retreating to opposite sides of the country-Walter to pursue an academic career in Berkeley and Rosalie and Sol to lead a congregation in suburban New York. A chance meeting years later reconnects Walter, Sol, and Rosalie – catching three hearts and minds in a complex web of desire, heartbreak, and redemption. With extraordinary empathy and virtuosic skill, The Beautiful Possible considers the hidden boundaries of marriage and faith, and the mysterious ways we negotiate our desires.

 

796.32 STA
WHEN BASKETBALL WAS JEWISH
by Douglas Stark

In the 2015-16 NBA season, the Jewish presence in the league was largely confined to the commissioner; the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and a player for the Sacramento Kings. Basketball, however, was once referred to as a Jewish sport. Shortly after the game was invented at the end of the nineteenth century, it spread throughout the country and became particularly popular among Jewish immigrant children in northeastern cities because it could easily be played in an urban setting. Many of basketball’s early stars were Jewish.

In this oral history collection, Douglas Stark chronicles Jewish basketball throughout the twentieth century, focusing on 1900 to 1960. As told by the prominent voices of twenty people who played, coached, and refereed it, these conversations shed light on what it means to be a Jew and on how the game evolved from its humble origins to the sport enjoyed worldwide by billions of fans today. The game’s development, changes in style, rise in popularity, and national emergence after World War II are narrated by men reliving their youth, when basketball was a game they played for the love of it.

 

809.7
JEWISH COMEDY: A Serious History
by Jeremy Dauber

A rich account of Jewish humor: its nature, its development, and its vital role throughout history. In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing the product of Jews’ comic imagination over continents and centuries into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy – including the satirical, the witty, and the vulgar – he traces the ways Jewish comedy has mirrored, and sometimes even shaped, the course of Jewish history. Persecution, cultural assimilation, religious revival, diaspora, Zionism – all of these, and more, were grist for the Jewish comic mill; and Dauber’s book takes readers on the tour of the funny side of some very serious business. (And vice versa.)

 

Now for exciting movie news. The Jewish Film Festival is opening on March 3rd at the Doris Duke Theatre. The library contains a number of the films that have been shown over the years. If you missed them you can sign them out and enjoy them now. Even if you’ve seen them, it’s often rewarding to watch them again.

 

DVD    37   NORA’S WILL
DVD    39   A MATTER OF SIZE 
DVD    62   KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS
DVD    75   BROADWAY MUSICALS: A Jewish Legacy
DVD  129   BELLE ET SEBASTIEN
DVD  145   ABOVE AND BEYOND
DVD  153   DISOBEDIENCE: The Sousa Mendez Story
DVD  159   LABYRINTH OF LIES
DVD  173   REMEMBER
DVD  190   DENIAL
DVD  193   THE ZIGZAG KID
DVD  204   FLORY’S FLAME
DVD  241   ROSENWALD
DVD  242   THE WOMEN’S BALCONY

 

Enjoy,
Deborah, Sally, and Charlotte

Remember, you can see what’s in the library on the shaloha.com website.