“The Soap Myth” starring Ed Asner by Playwright Jeff Cohen

On April 30, the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis presented their 2019 campaign kick-off. One of the special events for that evening was a provocative play titled, The Soap Myth by American playwright Jeff Cohen. It starred Ed Asner, a seven-time Emmy Award and five-time Golden Globe Winner, famous for his role as Lou Grant […]

Forgiving the Nazis

By Miriam L. Zimmerman This column originally appeared in our July 12, 1995 edition. In remembrance of Eva Kor, who passed away in Poland on July 4th we are posting it now. Eerily, I recently met what could have been a mirror image of my own family: a doctor, his daughter, the son who followed […]

Tracing Family Roots in Mannheim, Germany: A Trip of a Lifetime for Stolperstein Ceremony

By Tracie Freudenthal-Mrakich On March 21, 2019, my sister Linda and I boarded a flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Packed in my suitcase were three tins, each containing a dozen hamantashen baked by my friend, Beth Valinetz-Grimm. Beth sells thousands of hamantashen every year to benefit the JCC Early Childhood Education program. I also carried a […]

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Vital addition to Holocaust filmography

By Miriam L. Zimmerman Multitalented filmmaker Roberta Grossman just completed a feature documentary, Who Will Write Our History (WWWOH)? Having seen other Holocaust and Jewish-themed films by Ms. Grossman, including 2008’s Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh and 2013’s Hava Nagila, The Movie, I can think of no other filmmaker […]

Pittsburgh Pogrom

Holocaust Educator By Miriam L. Zimmerman My first Lyft ride took me to Pittsburgh International Airport from Seton Hill University, the scene of a conference that I attended Oct. 21–23, 2018 titled “Women, the Holocaust, and Genocide”. (See conference coverage in JP&O, Oct. 31, 2018). The 75 minute drive from Greensburg, Pa., passed through downtown […]

Community in solidarity

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Ian Plaskoff’s Bar Mitzvah project

On May 5, 2018, Ian Plaskoff became a bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth El Zedeck. One important lesson from his Torah portion, Be’har was that when we give tzedakah, we must not be thinking about what we will receive in return. We are simply to help others for the sake of helping out. As part […]

Words and thoughts matter

When I first started writing more than 15 years ago, I expressed words matter – those we speak, write and even those we think have ramifications. Therefore my goal for the newspaper was to publish more words that heal and fewer words that hurt. I wrote about the emotional effects of words of encouragement, praise, […]

Lessons from the Sidewalk

By Miriam L. Zimmerman From Concerts to Sidewalks: Remembering the Holocaust “About suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters: how well they understood Its human position: how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along…” from “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W. H. Auden. While […]