Erika Dreifus


Why I’m Going to See an ‘Anti-Israel’ Play

By Erika Dreifus

Why I’m Going to See an ‘Anti-Israel’ Play
A few months ago, thanks in part to The Forward, I became aware of a controversy at Theater J. An organization housed within the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC), the theater had announced its 2013-2014 season, which was to include a production of “The Admission” by Israeli playwright Motti Lerner.Read More


5 Jewish Books To Read in 2014

By Erika Dreifus

5 Jewish Books To Read in 2014
At this time of year, I’m confronted with the many books published in 2013 that I haven’t yet managed to read. It seems that every day another “best-of” list materializes to remind me of the recurrent truth: There’s just never enough time to get to all of the books that I’d like to read, not even if I limited myself to books of Jewish interest, or to novels and short-story collections. And yet, as we approach the new year, publishers’ 2014 catalogs promise a new array of tempting titles. Here are just five of the notable “Jewish books” that I’m already anticipating.Read More


10 Ways to Celebrate Jewish Book Month

By Erika Dreifus

10 Ways to Celebrate Jewish Book Month
The Holy Days are barely behind us, and we’re already preparing for Hanukkah (the first day of which, as some have realized, coincides with American Thanksgiving this year). But between these events comes something else that should be on your calendar: Jewish Book Month.Read More


Using Plastic Surgery To Combat Maternal Anxiety

By Erika Dreifus

Using Plastic Surgery To Combat Maternal Anxiety
Orly Castel-Bloom’s novel is about an Israeli mother who undergoes cosmetic surgeries in order to avoid thinking about her soldier son. It’s satire but rests on profound realities.Read More


Malamud's 'Refugee' at 50

By Erika Dreifus

A version of this post originally appeared on Ron Hogan’s Beatrice blog. Read More






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