Articles in the Press 2015

New Jersey Jewish Standard
pdf Still Your Bubby's Yiddish (80 KB)
March 8, 2015 — It’s even more startling to hear the phrase Yiddish rock. Still, says Jeffrey Shandler — a professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers and a scholar of contemporary Yiddish culture — that genre of music not only exists but is thriving.

My Central Jersey
pdf Yiddish Princess bringing free performance to Rutgers (117 KB)
March 8, 2015 — "There's great musical talent and cultural energy at work in Yiddish Princess, and their music can encourage people to rethink common assumptions about what Yiddish can be," Shandler said.

New Jersey Jewish News
pdf Mizrahi music hits the Israeli pop charts (72 KB)
March 10, 2015 — The sacred music of Jews from Arab lands has enjoyed a resurgence in Israel, with traditional songs and poetry transformed into popular numbers in the pop, rock, jazz, and even heavy metal mode. In a talk in New Brunswick, anthropologist and performer Dr. Galeet Dardashti said this “piyutim craze” is also reflected in popular classes that have attracted young and old, men and women, and Mizrahi and Ashkenazi students.

New Jersey Jewish News
pdf Food industry titan Allen Bildner, 88 (87 KB)
February 11, 2015 — “All of the major supermarkets in the area — Kings, ShopRite, and [formerly] Pathmark — were started by members of this community, and they were famous for giving back,” said Linda Forgosh, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey. And none more so, she added, than Bildner and his wife Joan, who died in 2013.

Articles in the Press 2014

New Jersey Jewish News
pdf Author: Hanukka linked to American ideals (52 KB)

December 15, 2014 — Dianne Ashton talk: in reality, “Hanukka became deeply linked to American ideals and a celebration of liberty,” said Ashton. “It gave Jews a way to celebrate that was different from the majority.”

New Jersey Jewish News
pdf Rutgers celebrates famed Berlin saloniere (68 KB)
September 10, 2014 — Sara Levy was essential figure in history of German Enlightenment. A two-day symposium in New Brunswick on the life and legacy of one of 18th-century Berlin’s most influential Jewish women will open Monday, Sept. 29. “Sara Levy’s World: Music, Gender, and Judaism in Enlightenment Berlin” will celebrate a saloniere and committed Jew who was a seminal figure at the beginning of the Jewish Enlightenment in Germany.

New Jersey Jewish News
pdf Scholar analyzes Poland's Jewish revival (61 KB)

May 20, 2014 — Dr. Genevieve Zubrzycki spoke as part of “Contested Memories and Contours of the Past,” a Bildner interdisciplinary conference held May 12-14, 2014 on Jewish revival in Poland.

Daily Targum
pdf Author Explores History of Broadway Musical (25 KB)

March 13, 2014 — Alisa Solomon, an author, theatre critic, journalism scholar and professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism gave a lecture at the Douglass Campus Center entitled “Fiddler’s Fortunes: The Mighty Afterlife of a Broadway Musical.”