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Soviet-Jewish American writers come of age

Soviet-Jewish American writers come of age

PROF. SASHA Senderovich is a master analyst of an exciting literary wave fomented by Soviet-Jewish American authors who came here as children and teens.

Their contemporary twists on the immigrant experience dominate bestseller lists, pile high on nightstands and are Kindle-devoured near and far.

Each book offers revelatory insights that both delight and discomfort American Jewish readers.

It began with Gary Shteyngart’s The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (2002) and the birth of Vladimir Girshkin, “one of the most original and unlikely heroes of recent times,” critics hailed.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 August 2015 08:59 )

Education & Culture

New melodies at Temple Sinai

New melodies at Temple SinaiCantor Sheila (pronounced Shayla) Nesis has temporarily lost her office to the final stages of Temple Sinai’s building campaign — until a staffer in the religious school wing loans her a spot. After playing a brief round of musical chairs with unfamiliar furniture, Nesis positions herself comfortably, folds her hands and smiles. The room is hers. Nesis, an Argentinean native, was hired as the Reform synagogue’s cantor exactly one year ago. The realization registers in her large eyes. “...
Education & Culture

Harvard to HUC to Emanuel

Harvard to HUC to EmanuelCantor Elizabeth Sacks, looking more like a mother dropping off her child off at religious school than the next senior cantor at Temple Emanuel, nestles into a corner seat in the Feiner Chapel. Today she’s reminiscing. Her place on the bimah is empty. Yet intimations of music cling to her unsung words. Sacks, 34, who was hired as Emanuel’s part-time cantor in 2012, will occupy the top spot when the Reform congregation’s longtime Cantor Regina Heit retires in January, 2016. “I sang fro...
Education & Culture

Teaching the Holocaust

Teaching the HolocaustShould the Holocaust be taught to children? Let’s allow one of the primary architects of the Holocaust itself — Hermann Goering — to answer the question. “Education is dangerous,” the arch-Nazi once said. “Every educated person is a future enemy.” Consider the question answered. With or without knowledge of Goering’s totalitarian views on education, a great many educators — teachers of Jewish and gentile youths alike — have already decided on the matter, and their answer ...

Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 pounds

Crossing the goal line: How Andy Levy shed 138 poundsIT’S LUNCHTIME, and Andy Levy doesn’t even need to see a menu. He orders his usual: a scoop of tuna salad in a tomato garnished with sliced cucumbers and onion. The portion isn’t huge, but Levy eats only half — slowly — and gets a to-go box for the rest. That’s Andy Levy at age 57, and that’s how he’s lost a whopping 138 pounds over the past eight years. Levy’s current, successful weight-loss journey began with a fateful visit with his internist in July, 2007, but his struggl...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:03 )

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