Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lest we forget

Lest we forget “the black years of Soviet Jewry,” and “The Night of the Murdered Poets,” when more than a dozen celebrated Soviet Jewish writers and artists were executed by Stalin  on August 12, 1952. Included were writers-poets David Bergelson, Itsik Feffer, Perets Markish, and Leib Kvitko. For more info on Russia, check my “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press) “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Pequot Press) and “A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia and Ukraine" (Pelican Publishing).



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Planning a trip to Cuba.

Tourism to Cuba has surged nearly 20 %  this year so if you’re planning a trip or are an arm chair traveler, read “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond, “ (Globe Pequot Press) a travel narrative, http://amzn.to/J3Z47T. Also an ebook. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ah Odessa!

Ah Odessa. Nice to see that despite the terrible civil war in Ukraine, the Jews of Odessa keep up Jewish heritage, and why not. Odessa has a special place in Russian Jewish history, great Jewish writers lived and worked there, it was an enlightened and Zionist city, a unique place, "the only large Russian city they weren't barred from in Czarist times." For more on Odessa, check out my "Klara's Journey," (Marion Street Press) and ":The Scattered Tribe:Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond," (Globe Pequot Press). Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Cold War

Whether we call it a new cold war or just tension, we're in for a long standoff with Russia. Never a better time to know the background and history. Check "Klara's Journey," (Marion Street Press) an historical novel,http://amzn.to/13Sp769. and "The Scattered Tribe, Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond," (Globe Pequot Press) )http://amzn.to/J3Z47T. Both ebooks. Wherever books are sold, Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

Now is the time to read "Klara's Journey""

If ever there existed a time when an unbridled Russian nationalism expresses itself openly, it is Russia today under Vladimir Putin. We now have the emergence  of a new Cold War which in reality began after the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the Russian Civil War, (1918-22). Travel back in time to that source of today’s war in Ukraine, by reading “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press), “ an historical novel, a story of “betrayal, drama and love.” http://amzn.to/13Sp769. Wherever books are sold and an ebook as well as  J. Levine Books and Judaica, levinejudaica.com  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.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jews displaced in eastern Ukraine.

Of the 90,000 Jewish residents of eastern Ukraine some 40,250 are currently in exile from their homes. Many of these refugees, specifically children, have had to face what no one should have to go through, bombings, death, destruction, and the loss of family and friends reports Chabad. Terrible conditions existed when Klara Rasputnis made her way through Ukraine and Russia during the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War. Read “Klara’s Journey,” (Marion Street Press), http://amzn.to/13Sp769 Also an ebook. Wherever books are sold. Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com

Friday, June 26, 2015

Yoga and India

International  Day of Yoga recently celebrated. In India Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi recalled  the contribution of ancient sages, yoga gurus and practitioners across the world. He said Yoga was not merely an exercise , but offered an opportunity for balancing the mind and body and could help harness an individual’s  inner strength. For more on India and its wonderful Jewish community, read “The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti & Beyond,” (Globe Prequot Press) http://amzn.to/J3Z47T. This travel narrative is also an ebook.  Wherever books are sold, . Follow me on twitter @bengfrank. www.bengfrank.blogspot.com