America’s Jewish Women — From RG (Rebecca Gratz) To RBG

Posted on March 17th, 2019
Julia M. Klein for The Forward 

 

America’s Jewish Women: A History From Colonial Times to Today

By Pamela S. Nadell; W.W. Norton & Company, 336 pages, $28.95

In her swift-paced and concise history of American Jewish women, Pamela S. Nadell name checks all the usual suspects, from the Philadelphia philanthropist Rebecca Gratz and the poet Emma Lazarus to Betty Friedan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

She also writes more generally about women like my maternal grandmother, who worked alongside my grandfather during the Depression selling smoked fish and pickles from a barrel, and my mother, who pursued graduate education in the 1950s, only to settle unhappily into suburban homemaking.

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Meet National Jewish Book Award Winner Erika Meitner

Posted on March 10th, 2019
The ProsenPeople on Jewish Book Council

 

Erika Meitner's Holy Moly Carry Me is the winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Poetry. As reviewer Emily Heiden writes, the book "taps into national conversations on topics including motherhood, infertility, terrorism, Judaism, school shootings, the 2016 election, and race . . . A real, honest, scared voice [pervades] the work, asking questions like: How are we so vulnerable? How do we care for each other? How can we stay safe? Meitner gives voice to the fears of the moment in this portrait of a very unsettled American time."

Which three Jewish writers, dead or alive, would you most like to have dinner with?

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The Jewish Lives Series

Posted on March 3rd, 2019
Yale University Press
 

What is Jewish Lives?

Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity. Individual volumes illuminate the imprint of Jewish figures upon literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, and the arts and sciences.
Subjects are paired with authors to elicit lively, deeply informed books that explore the range and depth of the Jewish experience from antiquity to the present.
Jewish Lives is a partnership of Yale University Press and the Leon D. Black Foundation. Ileene Smith is editorial director. Anita Shapira and Steven J. Zipperstein are series editors.

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The Unlikely Legacy of Judaism in the Caribbean

Posted on February 24th, 2019
by Betsy Blumenthal for Conde Nast Traveler

 

Photographer Wyatt Gallery's new book documents the rich history of the region's centuries-old Jewish communities.

 

The story of the Jewish people is, and always has been, one of resilience. And perhaps nowhere is this legacy of perseverance more evident—or surprising—than in the Jewish communities of the Caribbean, whose sacred sites photographer Wyatt Gallery has amassed in his new book, Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean: The Legacy of Judaism in the New World. To him, offering a reminder of the Jewish people's struggles to persist in the practice and safekeeping of their faith is more important now than ever: "From the 1500s until the 1700s," he says, "Jews couldn't enter anywhere; no one wanted us. [Now,] we need to look out for those who are in trouble, and those who are refugees, because we were once refugees."


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The Real Gittel of "Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story"

Posted on February 17th, 2019
By Lesléa Newman for Jewish Book Council 

 

“The world is made of stories, / Not of atoms” the poet Muriel Rukeyser once wrote. All of us are made of stories: stories we’ve heard, stories we’ve read, stories we’ve made up, stories we’ve experienced, stories that come to us in dreams. Like Russian matryoshka dolls, there are stories and stories and stories nesting inside each of us just waiting to be born.

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