The Times of Israel: “Crowdsourced online database traces the global footsteps of Jewish texts”
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The Times of Israel: “Crowdsourced online database traces the global footsteps of Jewish texts”

Are you proud of your collection of passport stamps? They might pale in comparison to the voyages of this collection of ancient texts, many of which are hundreds of years old. Researchers at Columbia University in New York, as well as Stony Brook University, Jewish Theological Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh, are tracing the … Continue reading

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: “This Russian Comic Finds Success in a Dress”
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The Forward: “This Russian Comic Finds Success in a Dress”

Gary Cherkassky’s grandmother, who is 80 years old, isn’t on Facebook or Instagram. She doesn’t even have a smartphone. But if you are a Russian Jew, chances are you’ve probably heard what she has to say somewhere on the internet. That’s because she is the inspiration behind Baba Fira (“baba” is short for babushka, which … Continue reading

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The Forward: “Big For-Profit Cemetery Owner Settling Suits with Jews Who Say It Dug Up Their Loved Ones’ Bones”

Not long ago, Jean Bergman, an 88-year-old retired manicurist, received a check for $1,000. She deposited it without giving it too much thought. “I wasn’t told any of the details,” she said. The check arrived in connection with her husband’s grave at Eden Memorial Park, a Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles. The cemetery has been … 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