Blognik Beat is a group blog written for ? and by ? Jewish high school and university students with recent roots in the former Soviet Union. The blog, published in English, includes observations on identity, arts, culture, religion and politics from the viewpoints of recent immigrants and second-generation Russian speakers. The project was created by forward.com in association with the Genesis Philanthropy Group.
The blog?s editor, Maia Efrem, who has been working at The Forward since 2010, lived in the Abkhazia region of the republic of Georgia during the final years of the Soviet Union. Her family emigrated and finally settled in Queens, New York. Maia is a graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University?s Graduate School of Journalism.
Blognik Beat is actively seeking more contributors. If you?re a high school or college student from a Russian-speaking family, and if you?d like to contribute to the blog, please contact Maia Efrem at Efrem@forward.com