Marla Brown Fogelman


Let's Do Coffee, Cousin Carrie

By Marla Brown Fogelman

Let's Do Coffee, Cousin Carrie
Author Marla Brown Fogelman has never met Carrie Fisher, who is her distant relative. Still, she has followed Fisher’s rollercoaster life, and is still rooting for her ‘cousin Carrie.’Read More


Sundays With 'Jack,' Bernie, Harvey and More

By Marla Brown Fogelman

Sundays With 'Jack,' Bernie, Harvey and More
In advance of Memorial Day, a pacifist baby boomer discusses her work interviewing American Jewish veterans of World War II.Read More


My Grandmother's Obsession Becomes My Own

By Marla Brown Fogelman

My Grandmother's Obsession Becomes My Own
It was because of my late grandmother and her 40-year obsession with a book called “The Prophet of San Nicandro” that I was sitting at Columbia University’s Café 212, in the middle of a bone-chilling December afternoon, having coffee with professor John Davis.Read More


The Curious Case of the San Nicandro Converts

By Marla Brown Fogelman

In a new book, “The Jews of San Nicandro,” John Davis sheds light on the little-known but highly curious tale of how a community of Italian Catholic peasants came to embrace Judaism during the rise of Fascism and the Second World War. Here, he answers a few questions on how and why he came to embrace this particularly unusual historical episode.Read More


Italian Hilltop Conversion

By Marla Brown Fogelman

Italian Hilltop Conversion
In a remote southern Italian town in the 1930s, a group of Catholics who had never before met any Jews began practicing their own idiosyncratic brand of Judaism. Helmed by a disabled and charismatic WWI veteran named Donato Manduzio, who fancied himself a prophet, the 80-odd impoverished peasants of San Nicandro converted en masse after the end of World War II, with the majority eventually emigrating to the newly founded state of Israel.Read More






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