Celebrating Jewish Literature: Rom-com heaven

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I got a little carried away recently when asking for review copies of rom-coms. It’s just that these novels sounded interesting and different enough from each other that I wanted to read them all. One author always features characters who have health problems, som…

Celebrating Jewish Literature: The past and the present

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I periodically say, “That’s it. No more Holocaust novels for at least a few months.” Then something happens – a book gets great reviews, an author I really like publishes a book or a PR person suggests something that sounds interesting – and I once again h…

The Jewish American Dream on Broadway: “Funny Girl” and “Parade”

By Bill Simons

The 2023 Broadway theater season featured revivals of two plays, “Parade” and “Funny Girl,” highlighting divergent versions of the Jewish American Dream. Pursuit of personal and public affirmation provided thematic paths for “Parade” and “Funny Girl.” From Ap…

Jewish Online Resources 10/18/23

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. 

The Jewish Theological Seminary will hold the virtual program “Between the Line…

Off the Shelf: Jews and the Hebrew Bible

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Many academic books about the Bible focus on the history and evolution of the work. What is often ignored is the changing relationship between Jews and the biblical texts. That’s one reason why Frederick E. Greenspahn, the Gimelstone eminent scholar of Judaic stu…