The Times of Israel: “Babushka knows best and other universal truths of the Russian-Jewish experience”
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The Times of Israel: “Babushka knows best and other universal truths of the Russian-Jewish experience”

Floating above the obligatory hammer and sickle, the centerpiece of this red Soviet Union flag is a six-pointed Star of David. The overtly Jewish symbol is front and center in the profile picture of an unusual — and wildly popular — Facebook group called “Russian Jew Vines.” Here, American-raised children of immigrants from the former … Continue reading

The Forward: “Sofiya Romm’s Journey From Russia to a Barely Findable American Grave
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The Forward: “Sofiya Romm’s Journey From Russia to a Barely Findable American Grave

The grave of Sofiya Romm, a doctor who immigrated to the United States from Moscow, is hard to find in Ahavath Achim Anshe Sfard, the local Jewish cemetery here. On a recent afternoon in November, only Romm’s first name was visible. The rest of the inscription was under a pile of brown autumn leaves. You … Continue reading

The Forward: “Even Gravestones Become Luxuries for Poor as Jewish Burial Groups Cut Back”
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The Forward: “Even Gravestones Become Luxuries for Poor as Jewish Burial Groups Cut Back”

We often hear stories about how hard life was for Jews in Russia back in the day. Still, after they passed away, even poor Jews in the Russian Empire got to have gravestones. If you travel around Ukraine and Poland these days, you’ll stumble upon Jewish cemeteries in almost every village where Jews used to … Continue reading

The Forward: “Why this Russian Jew thinks Donald Trump is absolutely right about Russia”
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The Forward: “Why this Russian Jew thinks Donald Trump is absolutely right about Russia”

Until I watched second Presidential Debate, I didn’t like anything about Donald Trump. I am not a Republican. I believe in universal healthcare and I don’t think it’s a great idea to build a wall on the Mexican border. But during the debate, I heard Trump say something that I couldn’t agree with more: “I … Continue reading

The Forward: “Russia Revoked Our Citizenship, It Won’t Even Give Us Visas”
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The Forward: “Russia Revoked Our Citizenship, It Won’t Even Give Us Visas”

I was overwhelmed by the number of responses to my article “Russia Quietly Strips Emigres of Dual Citizenship” that was published in the Forward in June. The article reported on Russia’s new citizenship rules, according to which anyone who was not residing in Russia on February 6, 1992, is no longer considered a Russian citizen. … Continue reading

Writer’s Digest magazine: “We want diverse books”
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Writer’s Digest magazine: “We want diverse books”

If you’re aiming to write for kids and/or teens and you follow the increasingly popular Manuscript Wish List (#mswl) feed on Twitter, you’ve likely noticed some common threads in what agents are currently seeing a demand for. • “Stories with diverse and LGBTQ main characters (PB, MG, YA)!” tweets Christa Heschke, of McIntosh & Otis. … Continue reading