Blog Archive: January 2016

“Rabbinic Fiction”: Reflections and Recommendations

Jan 26, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

Last week, Rabbi Elliot Strom wrote a post for that caught my attention. The post begins with Rabbi Strom’s fond memories of The Rabbi, a novel by Noah Gordon. It continues with the rabbi’s musings about the dearth of “rabbinic novels,” or fictional works that “detail the struggles of congregational rabbis seeking spiritual worth in a demanding profession, a balance between career and family, and satisfying and meaningful relationships in congregational life.” It’s a thoughtful post, and it engendered a number of comments and recommendations. Interestingly, I’d been mulling over the general topic–the rabbi as a character in fiction–myself.


American Jewish Experience Around the Web

Jan 19, 2016

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).

Workshop Envy: Where Are the Jewish Writing Classes?

Jan 12, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

The other day, I ran across an ad for an upcoming writing class at the Skirball Center of New York’s Temple Emanu-El. And this isn’t just any writing class. It’s a class for memoirists, to be taught by the acclaimed author Shulem Deen. And it got me thinking—not for the first time—about this question: Where are the Jewish writing classes?

A New Review for the New Year

Jan 5, 2016

By Erika Dreifus

Welcome to our first blog post for 2016. We’ve got a real treat for you today: the latest contribution to our ongoing discussions of major works of American Jewish fiction (that we didn’t happen to publish!). Up now: a review of Philip Roth’s Everyman.