Blog Archive: December 2015

Our December Newsletter

Dec 29, 2015

By Erika Dreifus

Our December newsletter went out to subscribers today.


American Jewish Experience Around the Web

Dec 22, 2015

By Erika Dreifus

Welcome to the latest installment of “American Jewish Experience Around the Web,” in which we curate for you some of the most compelling items we’ve discovered online lately that address American Jewish Experience (AJE).

How to Write A Memoir: Lessons from Shulem Deen

Dec 15, 2015

By Erika Dreifus

It’s a busy time of year. As I write this post, the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) is holding its annual conference (this year, in Boston). In Florida, the Hillel Global Assembly (GA) is convening. And last Sunday brought the latest Jewish Writers’ Seminar, a one-day event organized by the Jewish Book Council (JBC). Which I was lucky to attend.

The JBC routinely does a wonderful job with this seminar, and the 2015 iteration was no exception to that rule. I wish I could write about every feature and session. But I think I’m going to focus on the standout keynote address, delivered right at the day’s start by author Shulem Deen.

Happy #Readukkah!

Dec 8, 2015

By Erika Dreifus

We were all set to rave about the latest initiative from the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL): #Readukkah. Put briefly, this is a “Jewish Reading Challenge” open to everyone (including kids). All anyone needs to do is read one Jewish book, review it online (including the hashtag #Readukkah), and do so during the Hanukkah holiday (which ends December 14).

And then, the AJL gave us another gift.

Looking Back on a Resonant Ribalow Winner

Dec 1, 2015

By Erika Dreifus

At a ceremony taking place later today, author Molly Antopol will be awarded the 2015 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction from Hadassah Magazine. Which means that it was about one year ago that I attended the event celebrating the 2014 awardee, Helene Wecker, and her winning novel, The Golem and the Jinni.

Today’s Ribalow Award ceremony also makes the latest addition to our collection of writings on major works of American Jewish literature especially well-timed.