If the final task of a long life is to reflect on the past and conclude that the years were well lived, then elderly Holocaust survivors face a painful challenge.
It’s no surprise to voracious readers of female-authored fiction that the magical realism genre has flourished by the pens of the fairer sex. Readers with some enthusiasm for the genre may associate it with women of color in particular. For example, there’s Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel, following in the Latin American tradition of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Alice Walker and Toni Morrison incorporating folklore into African-American fiction.
Social media memes are tearing up the Internet across lines of gender, race or class. They’ll even find their way to the Orthodox.
Chelyabinsk is known to the world as the place where a meteor struck. The Russian town also harbored Jews fleeing the Holocaust, including Rachel Rosmarin’s grandparents.
Most of us know ‘yenta’ to mean a gossipy person, usually an older woman. But the Yiddish dictionary has a slightly more off-color definition.
We all know that the number of twenty- and thirty-something Jews who are actively involved in synagogues is dwindling. But does it have to?
Instagram isn’t just for teenagers. Celebs and cultural icons are snapping pics and sharing ‘em. Here’s eight Jewish women to watch on the photo-sharing app.
See this trophy? Other than academic achievement awards in school, this is the first contest I’ve ever won in my life. And I won it for Kugl.
I’m often that person who gives books to children as gifts. They probably groan when they open them, but I’m usually out of earshot by then. As a kid, I was thrilled when a relative made a tasteful selection for me. There are a few more nights left of Hanukkah, so if you’re in need of a gift for a girl with at least a passing interest in Jewish culture — or just a gift for no particular occasion at all — here are eight suggestions culled from a 1980s girlhood spent devouring the local public library. All of them were written by Jewish women and some of them do, inevitably, deal with complex and painful themes, but none feature characters who send text messages. Did I leave out your favorite? Add to the list in the comments section below.
I’m not a theater buff. “West Side Story” is the only musical with which I have more than passing familiarity. So when a friend sent me an email invitation to see her perform in a community theater production of “Les Miserables,” I nearly passed it over. But upon further inspection, I realized this was no ordinary production. This cast was comprised of Jewish women. Men, in fact, were not allowed — not on stage, and not in the audience. This rendering of Les Miz was the fifth annual production of the Los Angeles-based Jewish Women’s Repertory Company. Three performances at a 400-seat venue scheduled for December 1 and 2 were nearly sold out.