Library Corner

Unlikely Heroes: The Monuments Men of World War II

Posted on March 10, 2014

By Robin Jacobson.  By the time you read this, “The Monuments Men,” with its all-star cast (George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Hugh Bonneville) will have opened in local theaters. If the film does justice to the brave band of scholar-soldiers who rescued Europe’s artistic and architectural masterpieces during World […] Continue Reading »

The Spies of Eretz Yisroel

Posted on February 10, 2014

By Robin Jacobson.  On our first day in Israel seven years ago, my family spent an all-too-brief hour in Zikhron Ya’akov, a picturesque hilltop village near Haifa. So jet-lagged were we that we only remember dimly stopping before the famous Aaronsohn house, the hub of a Jewish spy ring during World War I.  This year […] Continue Reading »

A Stimulating Brew: Coffee and Jews

Posted on January 10, 2014

By Robin Jacobson. When you linger over a cup of aromatic, freshly brewed coffee on a wintry day, you may think you are simply savoring a favorite beverage. In truth, as you sip that familiar, bittersweet concoction, you are tapping in to a rich vein of Jewish culture. For centuries, coffee has infused Jewish economic, […] Continue Reading »