American Jewish Experience Around the Web

By Erika Dreifus on July 14, 2015


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

  • Having left New Jersey for Montana, Rabbi Francine Green Roston is finding a new Jewish-leadership role in her new community, as described in Uriel Heilman’s JTA profile.
  • “Jewish food, both Middle Eastern and Ashkenazi, is enjoying a substantial cultural moment, spearheaded by chefs who put their heritage at the forefront of their menus.” Read all about it in Leah Koenig’s overview of a nationwide trend, on Tablet.
  • Among the many intriguing items in the new (summer) issue of Lilith magazine, there’s an intriguing feature by Erica Brody on generations of Jewish feminism/feminists. (And excuse us for kvelling–there’s also an excerpt from Jessamyn Hope’s Safekeeping!)
  • “Funnye is clear on the question of where the Israelites fit in the larger Judaic world: They are a member of the Jewish family, but also distinct. ‘We are not Ashkenazi; we are not Mizrachi, Sephardi or Yemenite,’ Funnye said. ‘But we are a part of the house of Israel.'” Read more about the Hebrew Israelites—and Chicago-based Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr.—in Sam Kestenbaum’s article for the Forward.
  • “Like thousands of other young Jewish women in New York who became pregnant in the postwar era, Ms. Katz was sent to the Lakeview Home For Unwed Jewish Mothers on Staten Island. She gave birth in December 1961. Her son’s adoption was handled by Louise Wise Services, which was founded in the early 20th century to find homes for Jewish orphans.” The heartbreaking aftermath is now revealed in Gabrielle Glaser’s New York Times article.