Arts and Culture

What's Wrong with Israel education in the Diaspora?

October 26, 2010

What Jewish news outlets for youth get wrong: Why they should provide content to make kids (and their parents) laugh about Israel – instead of making them feel disheartened or angry.

Jewish Gangsters: Thoughts on the Tough Guys Series at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

October 25, 2010

Joanna Steinhardt examines the Jewish gangster mythos, and why it’s only nostalgic, and doesn’t apply to the crooks of today.

Building an Ark: On the Search for an Authentic Jewish Relationship to the Arts

October 19, 2010

Where I grew up in Northampton, Mass., it went without saying that the Jews were the artists.

“The Family Playing Host to the Missile”: A Review of Rachel Zolf’s "Neighbour Procedure"

October 19, 2010

Nava EtShalom reviews the Rachel Zolf’s newest book of poetry, Neighbour Procedure (Coach House, 2010), and discusses its politics of Israel and of poetics.

Autumns in New York and Albert Murray

October 12, 2010

Sanford Pinsker reviews the work of legendary novelist and social critic Albert Murray.

"Swap-Meet" - an excerpt from Eden

October 7, 2010

Yael Hedaya is a leading Israeli author (and TV script writer). Zeek presents, for the first time, an excerpt of her English satire on today’s Israel.

"Tradition. . .s!": Galeet Dardashti Sings the Margins

October 5, 2010

The Naming makes its political points by putting the music first.

Event: Half-Remembered Stories Contest

September 24, 2010

Act now to tell your half-remembered story. Go to Contest ends October 1.

Judge is Zeek’s Editor, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser and winners will be published in Zeek’s online magazine!

Infuse Your New Year with this Pomegranate-Vodka Recipe

September 7, 2010

Try this recipe for pomegranate-infused vodka this New Year! L’Chaim!


August 31, 2010

Set during the 1920’s-1940’s, Laura Kina’s SUGAR paintings recall obake ghost stories and feature Japanese and Okinawan picture brides turned machete carrying sugar cane plantation field laborers on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Yiddishland Comes to Memphis: A Review of Steve Stern

August 24, 2010

While Michael Chabon is, at best, a Yiddish practitioner of the faux sort, Stern knows, (really knows), Yiddish. Ironically, however, this may be to Stern’s disadvantage.

Maybe this Month

August 17, 2010

We run Maybe this Month, by Jacqueline Nicholls, in Eul because it is a work of outer and inner examination. Nichols’ piece is created from niddah cloths, used by women to check whether they are able to go to the mikveh after their monthly menstrual cycle.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2010 Film Diary

August 9, 2010

I must admit that whenever I receive a word of an approaching film festival, I brace myself for evenings of frustration and boredom. That being said, the curators of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival do a better job than most in separating the wheat from the chaff of the annual crop of Jewish films.

Seeking Kafka in Prague

August 6, 2010

On this photographic walking tour of Prague, we discover the world of Kafka’s imagination.

No More Challah: A Zeek Poetry Manifesto

August 3, 2010

No more kiddush wine poems, no more challah, no more herring! It’s time to imagine a new Jewish poetry.

The Trouble With Toys: Walter Benjamin, Pixar and the Search For Redemption (Part II)

July 27, 2010

In the continuation of this essay, the great cultural critic’s discussion of toys illuminates the ways in which the Toy Story trilogy complicates our understanding of the relationship between adults and children.

Maya Carrying Maya

July 27, 2010

An international artist, Maya has exhibited at the Museum of Art Ein Harod, Israel, Fest Fem in Valparaiso, Chile, at the International Visual Poetry Festival in Venezuala and at the KulturProjekte in Berlin. Her work performs Jewish identity. For updates, see

Interview: Mark Cohen on the Beats and why Seymour Krim Matters

July 26, 2010

“Anyone who teaches about Black-Jewish relations, anyone who talks about bohemia and the Beats and life in the Village in the ‘50s” needs to read Seymour Krim.

Fiction: Quince

July 23, 2010

The quince was a cure-all to the ancients, but in Kaveh’s twisted world, the fruit takes sides against our natural capacity to forgive and forget.

Vive la Revolution!: ArtScroll and the Bourgeois Revolution of American Orthodoxy

July 22, 2010

Has traditionalist publisher ArtScroll, in trying to prevent assimiliation, instead provided Jews with a means to accommodate to American life? So says Jeremy Stolow, reviewed here by Shaul Magid

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