Gal Beckerman


The Death of a Soviet Jewry Prophet

By Gal Beckerman

The Death of a Soviet Jewry Prophet
Yaakov Birnbaum, the father of the movement to save Soviet Jewry, has died. Gal Beckerman looks back at the man who imagined the emigration of millions.Read More


Sochi's Olympic Games Are a Missed Opportunity

By Gal Beckerman

An activist wearing a mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin joins protesters on the opening day of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. / Getty Images Read More


Disillusioned on Capitol Hill

By Gal Beckerman

Disillusioned on Capitol Hill
Invited to testify before Congress about human rights, Gal Beckerman eagerly accepted. But what he found on Capitol Hill made him question if anyone really cares.Read More


Why Gary Shteyngart Remains His Own Best Creation

By Gal Beckerman

Why Gary Shteyngart Remains His Own Best Creation
Gary Shteyngart learned the secret of coping with anxiety early: Make other people laugh. The lesson serves him well in his brand new memoir, ‘Little Failure,’ Gal Beckerman writes.Read More


Pulling Back Curtain on Story of Anti-Semitism in Upstate New York Pine Bush Schools

By Gal Beckerman

Pulling Back Curtain on Story of Anti-Semitism in Upstate New York Pine Bush Schools
The anti-Semitism that dogged Jewish students in Pine Bush, N.Y. is as disturbing as it gets. But does the story say something important about America — or just one small town?Read More






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