Shofar

Founded in 1925, Shofar is a quarterly Jewish youth newspaper published by B'nai B'rith Youth Organization in Washington, D.C. Its subject matter covers youth and Jewish interests.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, Winter

Art Spiegelman: Conversations/Backing into Forward: A Memoir
Art Spiegelman: Conversations, edited by Joseph Witek. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007. 318 pp. $50.00 (c ); $20.00 (p).Backing into Forward: A Memoir, by Jules Feiffer. New York: Nan A. Tálese, 2010. 464 pp. $30.00.These two compelling...
Art Spiegelman's Maus: A Survivor's Tale: A Bibliographic Essay
This bibliographic essay on Art Spiegelman's Maus: A Survivor's Tale serves as a broad survey of Maus criticism based on ten thematic categories such as trauma, postmemory, generational transmission, and the use of English. As much as this essay examines...
A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel
A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel, by AlUs Radosh and Ronald Radosh. New York: HarperCollins, 2009. 428 pp. $27.99.The chaUenge that faced President Harry S. Truman on May 12, 1948 was not a simple one. He invited to his office...
Biologie der Juden: Jüdische Wissenschaftler üBer "Rasse" Und Vererbung, 1900-1935
Biologie der Juden: Jüdische Wissenschaftler über "Rasse" und Vererbung, 1900-1935, by Veronika Lipphardt. Berlin: Vandenhoeck & Rupecht, 2008. 360 pp. $35.15.Thoroughly documented and written in clear prose, Veronika Lipphardt's Biology of the Jews:...
Book Notes
Art and MusicMediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic, by Amy Horowitz. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010. 251 pp. $29.95. ISBN 978-08143-3465-2.This book examines a pan-ethnic style of music created by North African and...
Cartoons and Extremism: Israel and the Jews in Arab and Western Media
Cartoons and Extremism: Israel and the Jews in Arab and Western Media, by Joël Kotek, translated by Alisa Jaffa. Portland, OR: Vallentine Mitchell & Company, 2009. 201 pp. $26.95.The opening of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993 in Washington,...
Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero
Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero, by Danny Fingeroth, foreword by Stan Lee. New York: Continuum, 2007. 184 pp. $28.95 (c ); $19.95 (p).Amidst a slew of recent scholarly works on superhero comics, Danny Fingeroth's...
Finding Home and Homeland: Jewish Youth and Zionism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust
Finding Home and Homeland: Jewish Youth and Zionism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust, by Avinoam J. Patt. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2009. 373 pp. $54.95.This book is a valuable addition to the rich coUection of scholarly works on the Holocaust...
Harvey Pekar: Conversations
Harvey Pekar: Conversations, edited by Michael G. Rhode. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 226 pp. $50.00 (c ); $22.00 (p).Harvey Pekar: Conversations includes almost twenty-five years of transcribed interviews with the creator of American...
Jewish Comics; or, Visualizing Current Jewish Narrative
Over the past several years, there has been rapidly growing interest in Jews and comics- not comics of the Groucho Marx, Woody Allen, and Jerry Seinfeld variety, but those as presented on the paneled pages of the newspaper funnies, comic books, and graphic...
Jews and Shoes
Jews and Shoes, edited by Edna Nahshon. Oxford: Berg Press, 2008. 226 pp. $34.95.This eclectic volume lives up to its wonderful alliterative and rhyming title. At first blush, the topic may seem utterly obscure, if not downright bizarre. Some postmodern...
Jews in America: A Cartoon History/Jews and American Comics: An Illustrated History of an American Art Form
Jews in Americas A Cartoon History, by David Gantz. Rev. ed. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2006. 168 pp. $28.00.Jews and American Comics: An Illustrated History of an American Art Form, edited by Paul Buhle. New York: The New Press, 2008....
JPS Guide to American Jewish Fiction
JPS Guide to American Jewish Fiction, by Josh Lambert. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2009. 206 pp. $18.00.Billed as "[a] guide to great novels and short story collections," Josh Lambert's 206-page book is structured somewhat like Leonard...
Louis I. Kahn's Jewish Architecture: Mikveh Israel and the Midcentury American Synagogue
Louis I. Kahn's Jewish Architecture: Mikveh Israel and the Midcentury American Synagogue, by Susan G. Solomon. Hanover, NH: University Press ofNewEngland/Brandeis University Press, 2009. 215 pp. $45.00.Architects know Louis I. Kahn as a transformative...
Maimonides in His World: Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker
Maimonides in His World: Portrait of a Mediterranean Thinker, by Sarah Sttoumsa. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. 222 pp. $39.50.Writing on Maimonides is difficult for several reasons: first there is the depth and breadth of his thought,...
Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert
Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert, by Bill Schelly. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2008. 306 pp. $19.99.Joe Kubert's life reads at times like the history of American comics. From the impressionable young Kubert's purchase of Action Comics 1 straight...
Marvel Comics and the Golem Legend
The Jewish legend of the golem is often considered the prototype as the "original" superhero (influencing the creation of Superman and other characters). During the 1970s Marvel Comics used the golem legend to create their own unique brand of "monster"...
Masters of the Comic Book Universe Revealed!/From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books
Masters of the Comic Book Universe Revealed!, by Arie Kaplan. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2006. 263 pp. $18.95.From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books, by Arie Kaplan; forword by Harvey Pekar and J. T. Waldman. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication...
National Minority, Regional Majority: Palestinian Arabs versus Jews in Israel
National Minority, Regional Majority: Palestinian Arabs Versus Jews in Israel, by Yitzhak Reiter. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2009. 403 pp. $49.95.National Minority, Regional Majority is an ambitious book written by a scholar who has both...
Perspectives on Jewish Music: Secular and Sacred
Perspectives on Jewish Music: Secular and Sacred, edited by Jonathan Friedmann. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. 162 pp. $60.00.Jonathan Friedmann's Perspectives on Jewish Music is an anthology of five essays representing five very different perspectives....
Re-Examining the Holocaust through Literature
Re-examining the Holocaust through Literature, edited by Aukje Kluge and Benn E. Williams. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009. 396 pp. $89.95.As a middle school teacher preparing my Holocaust unit each spring I was always aware of...
The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945
The Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945, by Steven B. Bowman. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. 325 pp. $55.00.Steven Bowman, long regarded as doyen of the emerging (sub) field of Greek Jewish history, has, with his Agony of Greek Jews, 1940-1945,...
The Art of Havey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics/Kirby: King of Comics
The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, edited by Denis Kitchen &C Paul Buhle. New York: Abrams Comicarts, 2009. 241pp. $40.00Kirby: King of Comics, by Mark Evanier. New York: Abrams Comicarts, 2008. 223pp. $40.00While comic book scholarship...
The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches
The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches, edited by Samantha Baskind and Ranen Omer-Sherman. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008. 292 pp. $49.95 (c ); $28.95 (p).Defining the "Jewish graphic novel" as "an illustrative narrative produced...
The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot
The Jewish Odyssey of George Eliot, by Gertrude Himmelfarb. New York: Encounter Books, 2009. 180 pp. $25.95.T. K. Atherton's New Yorker cartoon offers "[f ]our hundred selections of the worlds finest Orchestral music, over one thousand full-color reproductions...
The Jews of Libya: Coexistence, Persecution, Resettlement
The Jews of Libya: Coexistence, Persecution, Resettlement, by Maurice M. Roumani. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2008. 310 pp. $77.50.Until the late 1960s and early 1970s, Libyan Jewry received relatively little attention from researchers on North...
The "Outsider": Neil Gaiman and the Old Testament
Neil Gaiman's educational environment was divided between Jewish family and Anglican schooling. Raised up as a cultural outsider, he has cultivated his detached outlook, moving from England to the United States and depicting the latter from a British...
There Goes the Neighborhood: Cycling Ethnoracial Tensions in Will Eisner's Dropsie Avenue
Unlike many of Will Eisner's graphic novels, texts concerned primarily with Jewish families and communities, Dropsie Avenue (1995) takes on the broader theme of American ethnoracial relations and the dynamics of urban assimilation. It offers a critical...
The Search: A Graphic Narrative for Beginning to Teach about the Holocaust
The Search, the 2007 Holocaust graphic narrative by Eric Heuvel et al. (originally in Dutch and now translated into other languages including English), was first tested in government-funded initiatives in secondary schools in Germany, Poland, and Hungary....
Thinly Disguised (Autobio)Graphical Stories: Will Eisner's Life, in Pictures
This article explores the interactions between autobiographical writing and the graphic novel through a critical analysis of Eisner's collection, Life, in Pictures: Autobiographical Stories (2007). It demonstrates how Eisner's work challenges the conventional...
Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society?: Reciprocity and Solidarity in Ancient Judaism
Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society?: Reciprocity and Solidarity in Ancient Judaism, by Seth Schwartz. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2010. 212 pp. $29.95.In spite of its title, this book has nothing to do with Goiteihs classic A...
Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist
Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, DVD, directed by Andrew D. Cooke: Montilla Pictures, original release 2007, DVD/Blu-ray 2010.Comic book superheroes have a penchant for sartorial show. Both Spiderman and Superman sport the garish combination...
"You Wouldn't Shoot Your Fellow Jews": Jewish Identity & Nostalgia in Joann Sfar's Klezmer
While many associate the prewar Ashkenazi community with Fiddler on the Roofs "Tradition," Joann Sfar's Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East (2006) disrupts this comforting image of community with internal violence, crises of faith, and individual isolation....