Weekly roundup – Chayei Sarah

A piece from Charlotte Salomon’s Life? Or Theatre?, c.1940-42.

On JTA, Emily Burack interviews Dutch Holocaust survivor Laureen Nussbaum – one of the few people still alive who personally knew Anne Frank. Nussbaum and her family were saved by German official Hans Calmeyer, who was tasked with adjudicating on cases where a person’s Jewish status was in doubt:

“In two-thirds of the cases, he decided in favor of the petitioner, knowing that he was being cheated,” Nussbaum told JTA, meaning Calmeyer was making it easier for petitioners to make the claim that they were not Jewish. “He allowed himself to be cheated.”

The Jewish Women’s Archive has released a new app called Story Aperture, which enables users to record interviews and send them to the JWA. This is a fantastic initiative that will enable many more oral histories to be collected and preserved. Download it today and start interviewing the amazing Jewish women in your life!

If you are in London between now and the 1st of March 2020, go and visit the Jewish Museum’s showing of Charlotte Salomon’s artwork Life? or Theatre? (which the header image of this website comes from). Salomon’s life was cut short by her murder at Auschwitz in 1943, when she was just 26 years old. Her artwork is creative, beautiful and heartbreaking. You can read more about her at JWA’s encyclopedia.

Tiffany Haddish will be releasing a new Netflix special called Black Mitzvah on 3 December – on the same day as her 40th birthday and her Bat Mitzvah (Mazel Tov!). She spoke to Alma about the series and her Jewish journey:

“I didn’t know anything about Judaism for a long time,” she explains. “As I got into that profession as an energy producer, I started learning more and more about the Torah. I could really relate to it. And when I met my father, it really resonated with me. I was like: This is what I am.”

As always, here are commentaries by women on this week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah.

Shavua tov.

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