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Recent Content

Table of Contents: American Jewish History, Volume 102, Number 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of American Jewish History, which includes a special section titled "The Jewish 1968 and its Legacies," guest edited by Ari Y. Kelman, Tony Michels, and Riv-Ellen Prell. American Jewish History is published by Johns Hopkins University Press and the American Jewish Historical Society.


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TOC: Jewish Social Studies 23.2

The editors of Jewish Social Studies are pleased to announce the publication of issue 23.2, with the following articles:


Enacting Ethnicity: Yiddishkeit Masked and Unmasked on the Contemporary American Stage

Jeffrey Shandler


A Radical Advocacy: Suffering Jews and Animals in S. Y. Abramovitsh’s Di Kliatshe

Noam Pines


Re: Query: Looking for sources about the literary representations of the Jewish grandmother

Following Lesley Simpson's question and Admiel Kosman's reply: family memoirs are indeed an important source. Grandchildren appear as an important part of the life of Hannah Merton, who kept a diary between 1845-1898, in London. Her grand-daughter preserved this woman's journals, and published some quotes from it in a book about her mother - Hannah Floretta Cohen, Changing Faces, 1937. Cohen's book, however ignores the gifts her grandmother gave them and those that they made for her, the games they played together, holidays spent together, family heirlooms and much more.

Re: Query: Looking for sources about the literary representations of the Jewish grandmother

From a scan of our Temple library catalog ...

Bubbe Meisehs by Shayneh Maidelehs: An Anthology of Poetry by Jewish Grandaughters About Our Grandmothers by Leslea Newman

There Are Jews in My House by Lara Vapnyar

My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir by Meir Shalev

A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

Prayers for the Living by Alan Cheuse

Passover by David Mamet

Re: Query: Looking for sources about the literary representations of the Jewish grandmother

In the recently published second volume of Dirshuni-Midreshei Nashim (an anthology of Midrashim written by contemporary Israeli women), edited by Tamar Biala and published by Yediot Acharonot, there are several Midrashim involving grandmothers.
The book is just out and you can read about - and order it - here