31 March 2020 - 7 Nisan 5780 - ז' ניסן ה' אלפים תש"פ
One to One Interview
Alex Kurzem - making peace with Ilya Galperin Print E-mail

Alex Kurzem is perhaps still just at the beginning of his journey of self-discovery. He is a man with two identities and a past so remarkable that it has been the subject of a book, documentaries and a feature on news shows. His remarkable journey has even inspired a full-length Hollywood feature film that is courting the talents of huge Hollywood names including Anthony Hopkins and Steven Spielberg.

Alex Kurzem walks with the ghost of Ilya Galperin just paces behind. So, who is Ilya Galperin? And why is it that Alex Kurzem insists, “Frankly we are not getting along so well?” The truth of the matter is Alex Kurzem is Ilya Galperin.

The secret of his true identity was one he was forced to bury so deeply inside himself in order to survive the Holocaust that it was almost lost forever.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach - Man on a spiritual mission Print E-mail

He is perhaps the most recognisable rabbi in America to the mainstream. Some say he is an egomaniac. Others say he is obsessed with pop culture. With Shalom in the Home, his own internationally aired reality show growing in popularity, a radio show on the Oprah network and a laundry list of A-list stars as friends, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in many ways was born out of mainstream American pop culture. In many ways he was not.

He has become a household name. He has been labelled Dr. Ruth Weistheimer in a kippa or Dr. Phil, from the Oprah network, with a beard.

Growing up in Tientsin - from the memoirs of Benjamin Kabuliansky Print E-mail

This story evolves from my personal experience and depicts (I believe) a pattern of behavior, or mode of thinking, characteristic of a considerable number of Jews who lived in Tientsin in the 1920s and 1930s, irrespective of their post-China destinies. Of course, my youthful thinking has been broadened throughout the years that followed.

The Jewish community of Tientsin consisted of approximately 3.5 thousand people in the 1930s. It was headed by Leo Gershevich. There were a number of Jewish communal institutions established. The Tientsin Jewish School (TJS) was opened in 1925, the Jewish Club “Kunst” in 1928. One of the most remarkable characteristics of the Jewish community in Tientsin is that, in a relatively short period of time, it managed to create conditions, allowing Jewish children to obtain initial school education, and provide conditions for cultural and religious activity of grown-ups.

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