19 September 2019 - 20 Elul 5779 - כ' אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Chinese-Jewish chef’s show nominated for Emmy E-mail

Chinese-Jewish chef Molly Yeh has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for best culinary host for her show Girl Meets Farm. The show, which is aired on the US Food Network Channel, premiered on the Food Network last summer and is now in its third season.

In an Instagram post, Yeh wrote that she was “completely verklempt” to be nominated.

Yeh, 30, became popular through her casual, aesthetically pleasing blog, “my name is yeh”. She occasionally melds her two heritages together in recipes, and now uses ingredients from the North Dakota farm she moved to with her husband, Nick Hagen.

“Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago and living in New York, it didn’t even strike me as a possibility that a place could really exist without tons of Jews,” Yeh told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, about her culture shock moving to the Midwest. “If I wasn’t going to be maintaining my Jewish identity and celebrating Jewish holidays and cooking Jewish food on the farm, nobody was going to be.”

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Talented artist exhibits for International Women’s Day in India E-mail

In celebration of International Women’s Day, a special art exhibition titled From my Quill to the Canvas: A Tribute to Femininity, showcasing works by talented Jewish artist and author Ludmilla Chakrabaty, was held in March at the Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi.

Israel’s Ambassador in India, Ron Malka, was the guest of honour at the launch of the exhibition on 7 March. Many diplomats and art enthusiasts attended the event.

Ludmilla Chakrabarty was born in Russia. While there, she taught English at the University of Tver and wrote a regular column in the Sestra newspaper. Since marrying an Indian orthopedic surgeon, she has lived in India, where she combines two professions: a lecturer of English and an artist and book illustrator.

Chakrabarty’s first book of stories, The Winged Tree and Other Fairy Tales, takes readers to an unusual world where trees dance to the tune of musical notes, an alchemist prepares a unique elixir and little kids take care of their naughty, troublesome, grown-up parents!

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Hebrew University adds new manuscripts to Einstein Archive E-mail

Part of a collection of 110 manuscript pages written by Albert Einstein was unveiled at the Albert Einstein Archive at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on 6 March.

The university announced that it had obtained a “magnificent” collection of Albert Einstein’s manuscripts, shedding new light on the mind and soul of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist ahead of the 140th anniversary of his birth.

The bulk of the 110-page collection consists of yellowed pages of handwritten equations, as well as several personal letters written in German. In one correspondence with his lifelong friend Michele Besso, Einstein said he felt “ashamed” for never having bothered to learn Hebrew.

Inside the mind of a genius

Professor Hanoch Gutfreund, the archive’s academic director, said: “For historians of science, it is very important to have manuscripts, because then one sees that he crossed out something, that he changed something, and it is interesting to see how he actually worked.” Each of the four personal letters from Einstein “is a gem”, Gutfreund added. “In every letter exchanged between them, they refer to something scientific. But they always share something personal about their families. And they also very often exchange remarks about their Jewish identity.”

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