Library Corner

The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance

January 29, 2024

By Robin Jacobson.  “Pa pleaded. “We can get a hundred and sixty acres out west, just by living on it . . . If Uncle Sam’s willing to give us …

Music, War, and Memory

November 30, 2023

By Robin Jacobson.  The great German poet-playwright Goethe had a deep fondness for a grand oak tree in the woodlands near Weimar.  One autumn morning in 1827, he famously picnicked …

When Your Child Becomes a Stranger

October 24, 2023

By Robin Jacobson.  There’s an old Jewish story about two women sitting on a park bench together.  One sighs.  Her friend reproves her, “I thought we agreed not to talk …

Beneath the Roman Arch

September 28, 2023

By Robin Jacobson.  Intimate Strangers: A History of Jews and Catholics in the City of Rome by Frederic Brandfon tells the epic story of Jews in Rome across more than …

Summoning the Family Ghosts

August 29, 2023

By Robin Jacobson.  The Postcard by French author Anne Berest is a remarkable true story of a Jewish family told in the form of a novel. It opens with the …