Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Lecture Topic

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My timely new lecture topic: (also attached)


WHO SHOULD WE ROOT FOR : Russia or Ukraine?

Where do American Jews stand?
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New Cold War. New Civil War in Ukraine.

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OUR JEWISH HERITAGE: Russia & Ukraine:
Until 1920, Russia and Ukraine were the spiritual and religious center of the Jewish people in Europe.  From 1880 to 1920, 2 million Jews emigrated from the old Russian Empire to the U.S.

“The World of Our Fathers and Mothers.”

*From the shtetl to the Czar to Russian Jews in the 21st Century:
*Russia: Yesterday, today and tomorrow?

Meet Ben G. Frank, journalist, reporter and former news person at Radio Liberty, as well as the   author of the just- published Klara’s Journey, A Novel,”(Marion Street Press) a story of  betrayal, high drama, love that takes place in Ukraine & Russia! He is also the author of  “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) a travel narrative, with several chapters on Russia and Ukraine, and the Trans-Siberian Railway..

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*Impact of Russian Revolution & Civil War explored in this new historical novel, “Klara’s Journey,” by Ben G. Frank, considered one of this country’s most distinguished travel writers and commentators on Jewish communities around the world.

Talking points:

·       The Russian-Ukraine Crisis
·       EU and Sanctions
·       Future of Ukraine
·       Why history is important and yet….
·       The Russian and Ukrainian Jewish Community.

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Ben G. Frank is also the author of “A Travel Guide to the Jewish Caribbean and South America,”  “A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe,” and “A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia and Ukraine,” all Pelican Publishing Company.

Ben G. Frank  journeyed  through Russia and the Ukraine, Siberia and the Russian Far East, China and Japan, as well as Canada, before writing this historical novel , “Klara’s Journey.”
 
A former newspaper reporter with the New Haven Register and Elizabeth Daily Journal, he has published articles in Hadassah Magazine, Reform Judaism Magazine, The New Haven Register, The Arkansas Gazette,  Inside Chappaqua Magazine, and Inside Magazine, Philadelphia, PA.
 
About the book:
Klara’s Journey: A Novel
ISBN 9781936863471  * 228 pages, trade paperback$17.95 (CAN $19.95)
 
 
 
 


Jews from India in WWII

Jews from India fought with British forces in WWII, points out an exhibition in the Museum of the Jewish Soldier in WWII in Latrun, Israel. One of the most noted Jews with the British and in the Indian Army later was Lt. Gen. Jack Frederick Ralph Jacob, noted Olam Yehudi magazine in the Jewish Press. For more info on Incredible India and its Jews, read, “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) http://amzn.to/J3Z47T Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com


Monday, April 13, 2015

National Library Week


Let’s all celebrate, “National Library Week,” April 12-18, with a visit to our local  libraries which give us all an opportunity for knowledge to succeed, listen, connect and discuss. “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press)  and “The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) and my Jewish travel guides to Europe, Russia and  South America, (Pelican Publishing) are all available in libraries.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Re Jews in Ukraine


“Let me tell you something: This is not a Jewish fight. The Jews have no side here. The Jews in Ukraine are siding with Ukraine, and the Jews in Russia are siding with Russia. It’s very important to understand that,” notes Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, chief rabbi of Ukraine, in an interview in the Jewish Press, April 8. For more on Ukraine, read, “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press)  http://amzn.to/13Sp769    as well as “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond, (Globe Pequot Press). http://amzn.to/J3Z47T Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com Jason Mastrian at jasonmastrian@gmail.com by April 30, 2015.  Jason Mastrian at jasonmastrian@gmail.com by April 30, 2015. or a great cause.The suggested donation will be $25 with the proceeds raised benefiting the South Florida Pitt Club Endowed Scholarship Fund.

 Jason Mastrian at jasonmastrian@gmail.com by April 30, 2015.  Jason Mastrian at jasonmastrian@gmail.com by April 30, 2015. or a great cause.The suggested donation will be $25 with the proceeds raised benefiting the South Florida Pitt Club Endowed Scholarship Fund.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A story of "life, loss and love,"


A recent "Russia Today" headline suggests that Europe is “slouching towards anxiety and war.” Could be the same headline when Klara Rasputnis in “Klara’s Journey, “ (Marion Street Press) a story of “life, loss and love,” made her way across Siberia in the midst of the Russian Revolution and Civil War. .” http://amzn.to/13Sp769  Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com Jason Mastrian at jasonmastrian@gmail.com by April 30, 2015.  Jason Mastrian at jasonmastrian@gmail.com by April 30, 2015. or a great cause.The suggested donation will be $25 with the proceeds raised benefiting the South Florida Pitt Club Endowed Scholarship Fund.

 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With the truce holding, now is the time....


With the truce holding in Ukraine, now is the time to read “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) an historical novel of “betrayal, drama and love. “ Then--- in Klara’s day--- (the Russian Revolution and Civil War ) and now, the Crisis in Ukraine, conflict caused displacement. JDC reports 2,500 internally displaced Jews have been  aided by that humanitarian organization after those Jews fled fierce fighting in Eastern Ukraine. Hope the truce holds; or is this just a lull in the war so both sides can rearm? Klara’s Journey,” http://amzn.to/13Sp769 Wherever books are sold, also an ebook, kindle, nook. In Florida: Liberty Book Store, 330 N Clematis St #117, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, (561) 906-5399 West Palm Beach, FL, www.libertybookstore.com . In New York area, J. Levine Books and Judaica, 5 West 30th St. NYC, levinejudaica.com Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Cold War and the Crisis in Ukraine and East Europe


As the Ukraine-Russia crisis drags on, what was unthinkable at the end of the old Cold War now, in the new Cold War, seems not quite so unlikely to many Poles and Eastern Europeans: “that the great Russian behemoth will not be sated with Ukraine and will reach out once again into the West. The thought is darkening the national mood and rippling across the (East Europe) entire region in ways that reflect a visceral fear of an aggressive and unpredictable Russia,” notes the NYT today. Chk out  “Klara’s Journey,” an historical novel, a story of “betrayal, high drama and love,” (Marion Street Press). http://amzn.to/13Sp769 Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com