The Mandela Plot by Kenneth Bonert

The Mandela Plot by Kenneth Bonert

As the 1980s draw to a close, South Africa is a maelstrom of political violence with the apartheid regime in its death throes. Young Martin Helger is the struggling odd duck at an elite private boys school in Johannesburg, with his father a rough-handed scrap dealer and his brother a mysterious legend. When a beautiful and manipulative American arrives at the family home, Martin soon finds himself wrenched out of…

Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered by Sarah Tuttle-Singer

One Woman’s Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem On a night in 1999 when Sarah Tuttle-Singer was barely 18, she was stoned by Palestinian kids just outside one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem. In the years that followed, she was terrified to explore the ancient city she so loved. But, sick of living in fear, she has…

Jewish Languages in Historial Perspective

Jewish Languages in Historial Perspective

Editor: Lily Kahn Jewish Languages in Historical Perspective is devoted to the diverse array of spoken and written language varieties that have been employed by Jews in the Diaspora from antiquity until the twenty-first century. It focuses on the following five key themes: Jewish languages in dialogue with sacred Jewish texts, Jewish languages in contact with the co-territorial non-Jewish languages, Jewish vernacular traditions, the status of Jewish languages in the…

In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence and Song by Jerome Charyn

In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence and Song by Jerome Charyn

In the New York Review of Books, Joyce Carol Oates expressed her admiration for an equally prolific contemporary: “Among Charyn’s writerly gifts is a dazzling energy. . . . [He is] an exuberant chronicler of the mythos of American life”; the Los Angeles Times described him as “absolutely unique among American writers.” In these ten essays, Charyn shares personal stories about places steeped in history and myth, including his beloved…

A Cage Without Bars by Anne Dublin

A Cage Without Bars by Anne Dublin

In 1492, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain signed the Edict of Expulsion, giving all Jews three months to leave the country. In the aftermath, twelve-year-old Joseph escapes to Lisbon, Portugal with his parents and younger sister, Gracia. After only eight months of safety, Joseph and Gracia, along with hundreds of other Jewish children, are kidnapped from the port in Lisbon and put on a ship. They then make…

Modern Conservative Judaism: Evolving Thought and Practice by Elliot N. Dorff

Modern Conservative Judaism: Evolving Thought and Practice by Elliot N. Dorff

A major Conservative movement leader of our time, Elliot N. Dorff provides a personal, behind-the-scenes guide to the evolution of Conservative Jewish thought and practice over the last half century. His candid observations concerning the movement’s ongoing tension between constancy and change shed light on the sometimes unified, sometimes diverse, and occasionally contentious reasoning behind the modern movement’s most important laws, policies, and documents. Meanwhile, he has assembled, excerpted, and…

Portuguese Jews, New Christians, and ‘New Jews’: A Tribute to Roberto Bachmann

Portuguese Jews, New Christians, and 'New Jews': A Tribute to Roberto Bachmann

Editors: Claude B. Stuczynski and Bruno Feitler In Portuguese Jews, New Christians and ‘New Jews’ Claude B. Stuczynski and Bruno Feitler gather some of the leading scholars of the history of the Portuguese Jews and conversos in a tribute to their common friend and a renowned figure in Luso-Judaica, Roberto Bachmann, on the occasion of his 85th birthday. The texts are divided into five sections dealing with medieval Portuguese Jewish…

Sephardic Women’s Voices: Out of North Africa by Nina B. Lichtenstein

Sephardic Women's Voices: Out of North Africa by Nina B. Lichtenstein

Sephardic women’s writings present invaluable information about the marginalization and silencing of the Jewish experience in France and North Africa. These stories offer testaments of a generally excluded human experience that belongs in the diverse and hybrid collection of post-colonial stories of displaced peoples. Once their narratives are located and appreciated for their literary and historical value, it becomes clear that they need to be incorporated into a larger movement…

Ride High with the Wave by Sharon K. Solomon

Ride High with the Wave by Sharon K. Solomon

Hiro Kojima and Ted Richman are backstroke rivals on the Dolphins, their swim team. Hiro is the new boy in town and Ted dislikes him. Reluctantly, Ted agrees to work with Hiro to solve their mutual problem, attending swim meets on Saturdays when Ted and his family attend Sabbath services and Hiro goes to Japanese school. The rivals join forces to change swim meets to Sundays. Will they succeed? And…

Bitter and Sweet by Sandra V. Feder

Bitter and Sweet by Sandra V. Feder

When Hannah’s family has to move, her grandmother tells her how she felt leaving the old country ― it was both bitter and sweet. As Hannah leaves her friends behind and tries to get used to a new house, she only feels bitterness. Was her grandmother wrong about the sweetness? Hannah starts to feel better about the move when she sees her new house in the soft light of the…