Benjamin Ivry


How Iranian-Jewish Women Started a Writers' Revolution

By Benjamin Ivry

How Iranian-Jewish Women Started a Writers' Revolution
Most of the 80,000 or so Jews living in Iran fled after the 1979 Islamic revolution. But their history and culture still imbue the works of writers like Roya Hakakian, Dalia Sofer, Gina Nahai.Read More


Remembering Elsa Cayat, Slain in the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

By Benjamin Ivry

Remembering Elsa Cayat, Slain in the Charlie Hebdo Massacre
The Charlie Hebdo massacre claimed the life of French Jewish psychoanalyst Elsa Cayat, who wrote a column for the satirical publication. Benjamin Ivry mourns her passing.Read More


Sacvan Bercovitch, Acclaimed Scholar and Translator of Sholem Aleichem, Dies at 81

By Benjamin Ivry

Sacvan Bercovitch, Acclaimed Scholar and Translator of Sholem Aleichem, Dies at 81
Montreal-born Sacvan Bercovitch was raised in a Yiddish-speaking household and went on to become on of our leading cultural historians and translators. Benjamin Ivry remembers the scholar and author of ‘American Jeremiad.’Read More


Jewish Cartoonist Georges Wolinski Among the Dead in Paris Terrorist Attack

By Benjamin Ivry

Jewish Cartoonist Georges Wolinski Among the Dead in Paris Terrorist Attack
The terrorist attack in Paris took the life of French-Jewish cartoonist Georges Wolinski who was the subject of the 2012 memoir ‘George, If You Only Knew.’Read More


Bess Myerson, the Bronx Beauty Who Refused To Change Her Name

By Benjamin Ivry

Bess Myerson, the Bronx Beauty Who Refused To Change Her Name
Bess Myerson was a Bronx beauty and so much more. She made her mark by winning the Miss America pageant— and famously refusing to change her name to something less Jewish.Read More



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