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Selma, the movie, minimizes Jewish role in civil rights movement?

January 6, 2015

Tags: Jew, civil rights movement, movie, Selma, Blacks, The Forward

Having recently published a short story collection on Jewish and Black relations in Miami during the civil rights era, (Still Missing Beulah) I was taken aback by an article in The Forward, a Jewish newspaper. The author notes that the role of Jews was airbrushed out of the movie, despite the appearance of other clergy and religious groups. I doubt this was deliberate but it is worrisome because rabbis and other Jewish people were so involved in the movement, marching, dying and helping to support the establishment of the NAACP and Core. In Miami, rabbis joined such civil rights heroes as Rev. Gibson at sit ins and protested such incidents as the city's refusal to welcome Nelson Mandela to Miami as a high ranking dignitary. I haven't seen the movie yet, so don't want to comment, but I felt the article was so illuminating and thoughtful that it was worth sharing.

The article follows: http://forward.com/articles/212000/selma-distorts-history-by-airbrushing-out-jewish-c/?utm_content=DailyNewsletter_TopArea_Position-2_Image&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=The%20Forward%20Today%20%28Monday-Friday%29&utm_campaign= (more…)

Immortality through recipes: Fanny's Leek Patties

February 4, 2013

Tags: leek patties, Italian food, immortality, recipe, Mussolini, Jewish funeral

Recipes for Immortality
One of the loveliest and truest things said during the Jewish funeral and yahrzeit, or anniversary, service is that those who pass away live on in the minds of friends and family who remember them. So I was very touched two weeks ago at the funeral of my friend, Anita's, mother (more…)

My Cousin Amy Winehouse: A Memoir

July 27, 2012

Tags: Amy Winehouse, family, cousin, memoir, childhood, death, celebrity, Janis Winehouse, Mitchell Winehouse

Janis Winehouse Collins (left) and me at her house after her son's wedding last November.
I was in the parking lot outside Publix loading groceries into my car a year ago this July when my cell phone rang. It was a London number and, as I feared, it was news my family (more…)

The Southern Girl’s Guide to Coconut:Ode to Rosalie's Haggard Cake

June 17, 2012

Tags: Haggard cake, southern cooking, Southern food, Texas, Houston, cast iron skillet, Southern literature

Growing up in a Jewish home in South Florida, I was raised with almost no exposure to Southern cooking. My parents were from New York and New Jersey so I ate my mother’s simple cooking during the week and relished the tender briskets and apricot chicken she took the time to prepare on (more…)

The winter of my canned apples: apple pudding pie

March 21, 2012

Tags: apple pudding pie, St. Louis, apple picking

The air was sharp and crisp and hinted at the chill of approaching winter, but the sun sparkled and danced on the finely rippled waves of the Missouri River. I held my breath as my husband drove his rattletrap MGB across the two-lane bridge that took us from metropolitan St. Louis to the farmlands of Southern Illinois. We (more…)

Anything you can eat, I can eat more of: Orzo

December 13, 2011

One Friday night in my senior year of high school, my father walked into the house with a plastic bag of stubby pasta and announced he was making dinner. My sisters and I were skeptical because he never cooked. This was in the 1960s, (more…)

Star fruit wars: Carambola Jam

November 1, 2011

Tags: star fruit jam, carambola jam, coral gables, mango

Star Fruit Wars
Carambola jam


Growing up in South Florida, I took the abundant supply of fresh fruit in my parents' and neighbors' backyard for granted. If I got hungry while playing kickball, I could snap an orange or kumquat off a neighbor's tree and eat while waiting my turn. My mother had a (more…)

Impressing Aunt Grace: Spaghetti with Clam Sauce

October 26, 2011

Tags: Spaghetti with clam sauce, Chicago, Northwestern, littlenecks


One piece of advice my mother gave me before leaving for college was to have a least one recipe I could do well. That way, if I wanted to throw a dinner party or impress a boyfriend, there’d be one no-fail item in my limited culinary arsenal. Being a (more…)