Reading Jewish Lives

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Reading Jewish Lives
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement with Julian Zelizer

    “When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.” From his words spoken in 1965 to this day, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel remains a model of the intersection between religion and progressive politics in mid-twentieth-century America. Explore Heschel’s early years and foundational influences...

  • Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream

    In a brief life that led to a violent end, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel rose from desperate poverty to ill-gotten riches, from an early-twentieth-century family of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side to a kingdom of his own making in Las Vegas. In this captivating portrait, author Micha...

  • Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World

    Julius Rosenwald rose to meteoric wealth at the helm of Sears, Roebuck and Co., yet his most important legacy stands on the pioneering changes he introduced to the practice of philanthropy. His passionate support of Jewish and African American causes continues to influence lives to this day, thou...

  • Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures

    Ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and “the greatest of American screenwriters” (according to the New Yorker), Ben Hecht wrote the Hollywood we know today. In this exploration of Hecht’s life and work, Adina Hoffman in conversation with Rabbi Savenor look at his most not...

  • Stan Lee: A Life in Comics

    The creative mind of Stan Lee provided American pop culture with comic book heroes and imaginative worlds that will forever be his legacy. Stan Lee: A Life in Comics focuses on both Lee’s ideas and his unlikely rise to stardom. Was Spider-Man just a reincarnation of Cain? Is the Incredible Hulk s...

  • Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life

    Author Vivian Gornick and Rabbi Witkovsky talk about the life of Emma Goldman, a modern radical who believed that the first business of social revolution is inner liberation. She mounted public protest movements that demanded freedom of thought and speech and rejected arbitrary use of power. Gorn...

  • Houdini: The Elusive American

    Missed the live show? Break away from your everyday with the world’s greatest escape artist. Author Adam Begley unlocks the Master Mystifier’s rise to fame and his legendary death-defying feats to uncover why he risked his life again and again.

  • Reading Jewish Lives: Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death

    As the first openly gay man elected to public office in California, Harvey Milk became one of the most recognizable faces of the nascent LGBTQ civil rights movement. A man of many talents, he drew deeply from the values of his Jewish heritage to create a political platform focused on helping the ...

  • Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One

    During a summer without baseball, get club seats to hear the inspiring story of a Bronx ballplayer turned role model. Discover Greenberg’s spectacular discipline as an aspiring rookie, the complexity of his decision not to play on Yom Kippur, and the cultural context of virulent antisemitism in w...