Books

The Reuben-Rifkin Jewish Women Writers Series: A Joint Project with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

And the Bridge is Love

Faye Moskowitz
Personal essays by a great Jewish American writer.

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Arguing With the Storm

Stories by Yiddish Women Writers
Edited by Rhea Tregebov
From the superstitions and conviviality of the shtetl to the mysteries of the New World; from rebellion in Russia to the Holocaust, these stories show what it meant to be a woman, a Jew, and a writer in turbulent times.

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Dearest Anne

A Tale of Impossible Love
Judith Katzir
Best-selling, internationally recognized Israeli novelist Judith Katzir recreates an artist's coming-of-age during the 1970s as she explores the concealed, erotic relationship between a teenager and her married teacher Michaela.

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Dream Homes

From Cairo to Katrina, An Exile's Journey
Joyce Zonana
In a memoir of traditions lost and found, a flooded city, and the healing power of food, Joyce Zonana (an Egyptian Jew by birth) finds a sense of self among people and places as far from Cairo as Oklahoma and Katrina-stricken New Orleans.

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Hold on to the Sun

Michal Govrin. Edited by Judith Miller.
An elderly couple clumps along the boardwalk at Biarritz, lost in the quiet desperation of wiping out Holocaust memories; an innocuous clerk is transformed into a tree; a businessman spirals through the mysteries of time and travel. Stories from one of Israel’s major writers display her unique worldview and conclude with an interview touching on Govrin’s technique, spirituality, and feminism.

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If a Tree Falls

A Family's Quest to Hear and Be Heard
Jennifer Rosner
A memoir of a woman learning her family's secret history; imagining the lives of her deaf ancestors in the enclaves of Eastern Europe; and, with her husband, making hard decisions for her deaf children.

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Shalom India Housing Society

A Novel
Esther David
In this novel set inside a fictional housing complex, a true-to-life story unfolds of a steadily disappearing sect of Indian Jews who live out their mixed identity with longing, joy, and humor.

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Textile

Orly Castel-Bloom
A wealthy Israeli family becomes estranged as war and commerce increasingly define their lives.

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Whatever is Contained Must Be Released

My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist
Helene Aylon
From orthodoxy to chaos, a major artist wrestles with her influences. The memoir is a charming dash through the years of a structured orthodox life and the artistic life that feed her to question the misogyny of her beloved religion. It is also a tell-all about the art world, with fascinating details about luminaries such as Ana Mendieta, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Betty Parsons.

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