March 12, 2014

Tova Mirvis explores parts of New York that are buried out of sight and how that relates to writing fiction: http://bit.ly/OmOFrV

January 28, 2014

Like Woody Allen, I can remember a childhood when being Jewish caused me a certain deep unease, partly because of the shadow caused by the Holocaust and partly because of the anti-Semitism of some public school teachers.

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January 16, 2014
In 1990, I worked with Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan, then the site of the largest refugee population in the world. Specifically, I worked with a program that theoretically hoped to prepare Afghan women to work in “public administration,” perhaps in that longed-for time after they were able to return home. Our actual aims were more modest: we taught mostly “business” English and basic computer skills to women, who in their homeland might have been doctors or lawyers, so they could find receptionist-type jobs with the only workplaces that would take them, which is to say, other refugee-assistance agencies. It is a measure of their extremely limited opportunities and their love of learning that our students (it still hurts to call these grown women “students”) were thrilled to be there.
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In 1990, I worked with Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan, then the site of the largest refugee population in the world. Specifically, I worked with a program that theoretically hoped to prepare Afghan women to work in “public administration,” perhaps in that longed-for time after they were able to return home. Our actual aims were more modest: we taught mostly “business” English and basic computer skills to women, who in their homeland might have been doctors or lawyers, so they could find receptionist-type jobs with the only workplaces that would take them, which is to say, other refugee-assistance agencies. It is a measure of their extremely limited opportunities and their love of learning that our students (it still hurts to call these grown women “students”) were thrilled to be there.

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January 15, 2014
The list of 2013 National Jewish Book Award winners and finalists can be found here.

The list of 2013 National Jewish Book Award winners and finalists can be found here.

January 13, 2014

Rachel Cantor writes about Borges, literature, kabbalah, and the aleph here.

January 9, 2014
What the JBC team is reading this month. 
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What the JBC team is reading this month. 

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January 7, 2014
I look for locations for my stories on CyberRentals and HomeAway. I find the houses described on these websites far more interesting than anything that my imagination can supply. 
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I look for locations for my stories on CyberRentals and HomeAway. I find the houses described on these websites far more interesting than anything that my imagination can supply. 

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December 20, 2013

Click here for Josh Lambert’s obscene recommended reading and listening list, in case you’re eager to learn more about the literary encounters of American Jews with taboo language and explicit discussions of sex.

December 19, 2013
"Claudia Roth Pierpont, when introduced to Philip Roth about a decade ago, ‘blurted out’ her admiration for his books. After some wariness, he came to trust her to read drafts of his final short fictions."

— Alan Cooper in his review of Roth Unbound

November 26, 2013

Dianne Ashton on Thanksgivukkah and what’s new with Hanukkah:

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