American Jewish writers flourish, but Englishness and Jewishness seem mutually contradictory. Read the article byLINDA GRANT In 1937 the teenaged Irving Howe, future literary critic, excitedly unwrapped the very first edition of Partisan Review and read the short story “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” by Delmore Schwartz, written a couple of years earlier over a July weekend when […]

Happening this Sunday (October 21) in Brookline Whitechapel Noise: Sex, Politics, Gand Religion in London’s Pre-World War I Yiddish Lyrics – A Singing Talk by Vivi Lachs Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 4:00 pm 1762 Beacon St. Brookline, MA 02445 http://circleboston.org/calendar/whitechapel-noise-sex-politics-and-religion-london%E2%80%99s-pre-world-war-i-yiddish-lyrics-singing

Traces: Representations of the Holocaust and Antisemitism in British Film and Television In collaboration with the British Jewish Contemporary Cultures Network and supported by Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image Speakers: Nathan Abrams, Bangor University; James Jordan, University of Southampton; Caroline Kaye, University of Manchester; Sue Vice, University of Sheffield. Date: Wednesday 8 November 2017 […]

Reblogged from Writing About Reading An uncredited reviewer in Publishers Weekly writes: “Deeply affecting and harrowing… This is not a sentimental story of how suffering ennobles people.  Moss’s deliberately naive drawings effectively accompany her painfully direct text…The fact that the family does endure is impressive, and this book demonstrates how art can transmute suffering into literature.” […]

East End Jews In the late-19th Century, the church at the corner of Brick Lane became a synagogue, as thousands of Jews moved into Spitalfields in the Huguenots’s wake. More than 2 million Jews left Eastern Europe between 1881 and 1914, prompted by economic hardship and increasingly ferocious persecution. Following the assassination of Tsar Alexander […]