Masha Leon


My Memories of Leonard Nimoy, Yiddish-Speaking Vulcan

By Masha Leon

My Memories of Leonard Nimoy, Yiddish-Speaking Vulcan
I first met Leonard Nimoy — a.k.a. Spock from the hit TV series “Star Trek,” who died today at 83 on February 27, 2015 — when as a celebrity at the 1973 American Booksellers Convention in Anaheim, California. He stopped by my publishing company’s exhibit booth.Read More


Reaching Young Jews With Twebrew, Tweets and Treats

By Masha Leon

Reaching Young Jews With Twebrew, Tweets and Treats
Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, founder and executive director of National Jewish Outreach Program, told the 300 guests at its February 27th Annual Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria that “on October 12, 2014 NJOP celebrated Sukkot Across America at 80 locations.”Read More


For Tovah Feldshuh, 'Aging is Optional'

By Masha Leon

For Tovah Feldshuh, 'Aging is Optional'
“Happiness is a choice,” Tovah Feldshuh told me between rehearsals for her one woman world premiere show “Aging Is Optional” at 54 Below. ‘I want to grow older in linear time… to live as long as my mother Lily did.”Read More


A Chat With the Writers/Directors of 'Gett'

By Masha Leon

A Chat With the Writers/Directors of 'Gett'
I don’t recall ever feeling as angry as I was after seeing “The Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” the blistering gut-wrenching must-see film by writer/directors Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz.Read More


Ziggy Gruber — A 'Deli Man' for All Seasonings

By Masha Leon

Ziggy Gruber — A 'Deli Man' for All Seasonings
After spending an hour at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen with young Forward reader, Galitzianer Yiddish-speaking third generation deli man Ziggy Gruber — a featured deli owner in the must see “Deli Man” — I was ready to jet to Houston, Texas where he and partner Kenny Friedman reign over a deli called Kenny and Ziggy’s and the menu includes such gustatory delights as “ Luck Be a Latka,” “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Schmaltz” “Genghis Cohen’s Chicken Salad” and my favorite title “Fiddler on the Roof of Your Mouth.”Read More



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