"Age 8 — My father hangs upside down on a pipe that was part of a fence/ that separated our street from the next. All of his change/ falls from his pockets. He looks so young...."
By Janet R. Kirchheimer from The Jewish Writing Project
A child of survivors, Janet R. Kirchheimer shares memories made vivid through her parents’ reminiscences that will remain in her home – "the voices still / there rising over the hiss of steam heat" even when her parents are no longer there.
Read Ms. Kirchheimer’s poems...1, 2.
From "Prism," Spring 2011
On May 5, poet and Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer will speak on a panel about the German Jewish presence in New York City at the Leo Baeck Institute (15 West 16th Street). The program is a joint effort between the Institute and the Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College/CUNY.
"A divorced rabbi and an overweight black woman walk into a support group. Badum ching! Sounds like a joke, right? It&rsquop;s actually the premise for ‘The Gospel According to Jerry,’ a heart-warming world premiere play at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company that opened this weekend, and runs through May 8th." More...
By Leora Maccabee from TC Jewfolk.com, Minneapolis St. Paul, 4/19/11
"Freedom is probably the thing which most of us hold sacred as the most American of values. Our founding stories are freedom stories and our greatest moments as a nation are moments of securing greater freedom for ourselves and for the world. Perhaps that is why Passover is the most celebrated holiday among American Jews, and one which is increasingly interesting to others as well...."
"This is a script full of ideas and leavened by a message that favors love and kindness. It is brisk, unsentimental and honest….This truly feels like a play that needs to be seen for what it has to say...." More...
By Graydon Royce from Star Tribune, Minneapolis St. Paul, 4/19/11
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield speaks with Aaron Imholte about the new French law banning veils.
"...In May 1961, the first Freedom Riders left Washington, D.C., for New Orleans, La. Of course, long before there were Freedom Riders, there were "Freedom Walkers" — our ancestors who left Egypt and celebrated the first Passover. We can walk in our ancestors' steps and ride in our parents and grandparents seats, if we dare to dream as big as they did. And when we do, we really will see ourselves as those leaving Egypt...."
"‘When you say ‘human rights’ you never think of someone who isn’t liberal. The real challenge of RHR is that it’s not really rabbis for human rights now. It’s liberals who happen to be rabbis for human rights. Can she widen the tent? That will be her challenge,’" said Rabbi Irwin Kula. More...
By Debra Nussbaum Cohen from The Forward 4/6/11
"Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of Clal–The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, thought he’d done it all — books published, movies produced, appearances on notable television and radio shows. Writing a play never occurred to him, though.