Can Peace be ever achieved in the Middle East?

The Seventh Day: Israeli Literature Fifty Years After the Six-Day War Israelis and Palestinians have been fighting each other over a small piece of land for almost a century. Despite many attempts to resolve this blood-soaked conflict, no one can see an end to it. What elements within Israeli society make a just peace for

What Will Our Future Look Like?

The Seventh Day: Israeli Literature Fifty Years After the Six-Day War To answer the question of our future, we need to look to the past. And this timeless question—grown even more urgent in these days of global insecurity—runs like a common thread through The Seventh Day Festival. Curated by LABA Journal Editor Hanan Elstein and featuring,

Words on Beauty

Words on Beauty

LABALive #1 Appreciating BEAUTY Is Not As Simple As It Seems. Next Thursday, LABA Fellows and the downtown community will join together for the first LABAlive event on BEAUTY. Join LABA Fellows Gon Ben Ari, Jessica Gross, and Gal Beckerman as they share new literary work based on their investigation of BEAUTY through Classical Jewish

Gal Beckerman discusses “Photographing Ugly”

On Thursday, February 25, LABAlive will present an evening of fiction, presentations, and subversive teachings exploring our relationship with beauty. The evening will feature teachings by Ruby Namdar and work by fellows Gon Ben Ari, Jessica Gross, and Gal Beckerman, who will present “Photographing Ugly,” an exploration of the New York Photo League’s work. Beckerman talks about his project and the inspiration he found in

Meet Fellow Gal Beckerman

Gal Beckerman, an author and journalist, was the opinion editor at The Forward. He was also a longtime editor and staff writer at the Columbia Journalism Review and has written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He was a Fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin and the recipient of