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Off the Shelf: Characters from real life

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Readers are often curious about whether characters in a novel are based on real life people. That’s why most novels’ reverse title page (the page that contains copyright information and details about the publisher) usually feature statements such as “this is a…

Jewish Online Resources 9/24/2021

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available.

Fairfield University will hold the virtual event “”A History of Holocaust T…

Jews in Sports: Sue Bird: A leader of epic proportions

By Bill Simons


Perhaps no player in the history of basketball has garnered as many important awards as Jewish-American superstar Sue Byrd. She has dominated her sport in high school, collegiate, World Cup, Olympic, EuroLeague and Women’s National Basketball Association competition. De…

Off the Shelf: Fathers, sons and the legacy of history

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman


Untangling three generations of a complex family history: that’s the reason Alexander Wolff moved to Germany for a year in 2017. He wanted to understand the lives of two men: his grandfather Kurt Wolff and his father Niko Wolff. The German-Jewish Kurt, whose g…

Off the Shelf: Sacred reading

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman


One of my favorite moments in literature occurs in the first chapter of “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. Jane is sitting in a window seat, drawing the curtain closed and reading a book. Something about that moment of comfort and safety stayed with me. Even b…