Book Reviews

THE NATIONAL HERALD We are in Exile / Estamos En Galut by Mara W. Cohen Ioannides

JEWISH INDEPENDENT The Sephardic Book of Why by Rabbi Ilan Acoca

KIRKUS REVIEW The Boy Who Had A Peach Tree Growing Out Of His Head by Hal Ackerman

REFORM JUDAISM Dancing in the Palm of God’s Hand by Stacey Zisook Robinson

NEW JERSEY JEWISH NEWS Trenton’s Jews by Arthur L. Finkle

BOOK Q & As with DEBORAH KALB The Education of the Daffodil by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Arthur L. Finkle

A longtime Ball Tekaih who has appeared over the years at area synagogues, includning Congregation Kol Emet in Yardley and Brothers of Israel in Newtown, is the author of the new book, Shofar: History, Technique and Jewish Law, published by Hadassa Press. This is the second shofar-centric book by the Langhorne resident, after his 2000 tome, The Easy Guide to Shofar sounding.

A Baal Tekiah for 30+ years, Arthur L. Finkle supervised religious school activities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

A Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated from The Wharton Graduate School. Fostered by the New Jersey Courts as a mediator, he is a Chair of the Workplace Section, Association for Conflict Resolution.

Jewish Exponent – July 23, 2015 (Philadelphia, PA Jewish Federation NewsPaper)

Local author to discuss history of Trenton’s Jews

New Jersey Jewish News – June 6, 2016

Arthur Finkle, chair of the revitalized Trenton Jewish Historical Society, will offer a historical view of the community on Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Beth El Synagogue of East Windsor.
While doing archival research for the society, Finkle, whose roots in the city reach back three generations, realized there was no fully documented work on Trenton’s Jewish history — so he wrote one. The book that grew out of his studies, Trenton’s Jews: Beginning, Adaptation and Achieving the American Dream, was published in 2016 by Hadassa Word Press.
Finkle’s family arrived during the wave of immigration of Russian Jews between 1880 and 1914. His great-grandfather was president of the first Trenton congregation, Brothers of Israel (founded in 1883 and now in Newton, Pa.), from 1890 to 1900, and president of the city’s second shul, Anshe Emes. His grandfather founded the Jewish Republican Club and Trenton’s Talmud Torah.
Finkle will also discuss the origins and history of Beth El at the program, which is sponsored by its Genealogy Club.

Rabbi Barbara Aiello at the United Nations in New York City

On March 4, 2016 Rabbi Barbara Aiello was one of several featured presenters at the United Nations in New York City. The event, organized by the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), a non-governmental organization dedicated to enhancing ties between the US Congress and the United Nations, brought together experts from around the world to discuss ways in which members of minority religions can work effectively within a particular country’s religious majority.

Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the author of “The Cat That Ate the Cannoli – Tales of the Hidden Jews of Southern Italy,” was invited to present programs and projects that are described in her book. In a December meeting held at the United Nations, Rabbi Barbara presented her book to Dr. Shaikh Abdulla Bin Ahmed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Undersecretary for International Affairs for the Foreign Ministry of Bahrain, the sponsor of the historic meeting. As a result, Rabbi Barbara was invited to the March meeting as a featured speaker.

Ms. Nancy Khedouri (right) Jewish member of Bahrain Parliament and featured speaker on the Religious Pluralism and Tolerance Bahrain Project, with Rabbi Barbara (left). Ms. Khedouri spoke passionately about her country’s initiative of religious tolerance and acceptance for all of Bahrain’s minority religious groups. ​ After receiving a copy of Rabbi Barbara’s book, “The Cat That Ate the Cannoli – Tales of the Hidden Jews of Southern Italy”, Ms.Khedouri was instrumental in bringing Rabbi Barbara to the United Nations where she expanded on her work in religious pluralism in Italy. ​

Simi Horwitz wins at 2016 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards

Simi Horwitz, the author of Jewish Art Today: News, Views and Cultural Trends, was awarded at the 9th Annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards for her story Jews of Al-Jazeera.

The National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards are presented by the Los Angeles Press Club and celebrate journalistic excellence in print, radio, television, and the internet.