_ Israeli authors Amos Oz, David Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua are widely considered the pre-eminent Israeli authors to have penetrated the global book market. In this issue, B’nai B’rith Magazine looks at their careers and their work that often blends the personal and political to examine the complexity of life in the Jewish state.
These widely celebrated authors, well-known for their outspoken political views, are not merely polemicists, however, the article by Deputy Editor Seth Shapiro notes. They are above all literary stylists whose themes are universal, transcending sectarian and national boundaries.
In addition to describing the appeal of Israeli literature to readers in other countries, the fall 2012 issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine includes a feature by writer Hillel Kuttler on the Kibbutz Lavi furniture factory, which exports its customized pews, lecterns and various other wooden products to synagogues worldwide.
Bruce H. Wolk tells the little-known story of North American World War II veterans who secretly participated in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. Known as Machalniks, they skirted U.S. government restrictions to aid the Israeli cause, clandestinely traveling to Israel to serve in the hastily-formed Israeli Air Force that desperately needed their skills.
Modern-day Jewish communities are taking innovative approaches to bolstering their numbers. Writer Uriel Heilman looks at the growing trend of Jewish communities offering financial incentives to new families.
Elsewhere in the magazine, B’nai B’rith Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin delves into B’nai B’rith’s history and presence across Europe. Writer Deborah Rubin Fields explores her family history in Europe through a trove of early 20th-century postcards discovered by her British cousin.
Click here to read the fall 2012 issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine.