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RABBIS: THE MANY FACES OF JUDAISM and Other Top reads
Book Review

George Kalinsky is known the world over as a world class photographer but his reputation for most of us has been earned in the sports world. Now along comes "Rabbis" -- in the words of its sub-title "100 Unexpected  Photographs of Rabbis With

"Rabbis" (Universe, $39.95) has an introduction by Senator Joe Lieberman and a foreward by Kirk Douglas.  It is a book that covers the range of rabbis in the words of Kirk Douglas from "reconstructionist, reform, conservative, orthodox, and ultra-orthodox. They come from all over the world. They are all Jews. They are teachers. They are Israel."

From Rabbi Bob Alper, the world's best known practicing stand-up comedian,  to Rabbi Marc Angell who leads the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City through Rabbi Rachel Cowan, head of the Jewish Life Program, through  Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia, to Rabbi Elaine Zecher, Temple Israel in Boston - and all those in between - "Rabbis" covers the gamut in the words of its subjects and especially through the remarkable Kalinsky photographs.

Highly interesting and also very thorough work is "A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement" by Jim Carrier (Harcourt, $14.00, 384 pages, paper). The award winning author     in this guidebook takes the reader to the bus stops, the street corners, court buildings, former slave markets - places where history was made and

"Swimming to Antarctica" by Lynne Cox (Alfred A. Knopf, $35.95, 321 pages) has a heft price tag, but much content for those interested in the exploits of the world's greatest open-water, long distance swimmer. Cox not only can swim with the best of them (she broke the world record for swimming the English Channel when she was 15) she also can write with verve, detail and passion about her watery exploits. This book like its author is a winner.

MOST NOTABLE: "Operatives, Spies and Saboteurs" by Patrick K. O'Donnell (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, $27.00, 363 pages) is a narrative/oral history that takes the reader behind the scenes into the intrigue and valor of the men and women of World War II's OSS - the precursor of the CIA. O'Donnell has made it his cause to capture the stories of WWII before the last veteran passes. In  "Operatives, Spies and Saboteurs" he has gotten stories from those who have kept their tale to themselves through many a year. The book is a wonderful accomplishment.

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

 

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