Blog Archive: May 2017


Sleepless on Shavuot: Let My People Learn

May 30, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

We’re about to embark on the Shavuot holiday, which means that many of us may be up very, very late tonight.

The Shavuot chapter in Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year is one of my own favorites. (In fact, it’s inspiring me to attempt an all-night study-fest this year myself, for the very first time.) So it was especially gratifying to receive a request from the team at the Reform Judaism site regarding the possibility of sharing a chapter excerpt.


A Brief Reminder About Our Newsletter

May 23, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

A few brief notes about our monthly newsletter.


Read About American Jewish Experience (AJE) Around the Web

May 16, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

Welcome to the latest installment of “American Jewish Experience Around the Web.” In these posts, we share some of the most compelling items we’ve discovered online lately that address American Jewish Experience (AJE).


New Events Added to Our Calendar

May 9, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

Tonight in New York City, in an event titled “Reclaiming Ritual: A Jewish Woman’s Education,” our Abigail Pogrebin (My Jewish Year) will be in conversation with Rabba Sara Hurwitz and Rabba Yaffa Epstein. They will be introduced by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Reservations are required, though the event is free. It is co-sponsored by Yeshivat Maharat, ImmerseNYC, and the Pardes Institute.

But if you’re can’t make this event—or you’re not in the New York area in the first place—we’ve got some good news for you: The My Jewish Year calendar continues to expand.

Allegra Goodman

Wallant Winner: Allegra Goodman’s KAATERSKILL FALLS

May 2, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

As we have mentioned, this blog runs a certain series. In each series post, we take an appreciative look back on a book that has won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Wallant, as you may recall, died at the tragically young age of 36 back in 1962. The previous year, he published the classic novel The Pawnbroker, […]