Finally, Jewish kids’ books are starting to reflect the diversity of Judaism

Heidi Rabinowitz, The Forward, 07/22/2020

These books will provide readers with many opportunities to see their own Jewish lives reflected as well as to learn about Jewish lives different from their own. Happy reading!

Iconic Black Jewish Writer Julius Lester Should Be on Every Parent’s Radar

Lior Zaltzman, Kveller, 06/01/2020

Do you know about Julius Lester? Well, if you don’t, it’s time you do — and it’s time your children do, too.

The ZORA Canon

Zora Editors, Zora, 01/07/2020

The 100 greatest books ever written by African American women

‘Trust Exercise’ author Susan Choi on why she hasn’t explored her Jewish background in her writing

Josefin Dolsten, JTA, 12/20/2019

Choi, whose father is Korean and mother is Jewish, started working on “Trust Exercise” about five or six years ago, but it came further into focus with the explosion of the #MeToo movement.

Susan Choi Wins National Book Award for ‘Trust Exercise’

Alexandra Alter, The New York Times, 11/20/2019

Susan Choi won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for “Trust Exercise,” a novel set in the 1980s at a competitive performing arts school, where two students fall in love.

Jason Reynolds Is on a Mission

Concepción de León, The New York Times, 10/28/2019

The best-selling writer of more than a dozen children’s books wants black teenagers and kids to know that he sees them.

Her biracial family wasn't reflected in Jewish children's books, so a Greensboro woman wrote a book to change that

Nancy McLaughlin, News& Record, 09/28/2019

The 33-year-old first-time author's book, with a biracial Jewish family at its core, is a reflection of Brown wanting her children and others to see themselves in Jewish-themed children's books.

“Can you Dig it?” Nuyorican History in Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker

Jennifer Caroccio Maldonado, The MNT, 08/28/2019

In this third installment of “Latinx Comic Biographies and Graphic Memoirs” series, I dive into how Voloj and Ahlering illustrate the 1970s South Bronx, which chronicles the life of Nuyorican Benjamin “Bengy” Melendez, former gang leader and community activist.

A Graphic Novel That Answers a Child’s Question About Being Biracial

Ed Park, The New York Times, 05/02/2019

For a person of color in America, the term person of color can be both useful and divisive, at once a form of solidarity and a badge of alienation. There’s a flattening effect, too: A multitude of ethnicities and cultures, with their own color-coded nuances, get crammed into the initials P.O.C. Among its many virtues, Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir, GOOD TALK (One World, $30), helps us think through this term with grace and disarming wit.

New textbook by USF professor an introduction to 'Judaisms'

David Wilensky, Jweekly, 07/07/2017

Bay Area Jews understand that what is often called “the Jewish community” is really a community of communities, united by some things but distinctively different in so many ways.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and King Solomon, Telling it Like It Is

Eytan Kenter, Jewish&, 01/14/2016

This past summer, I also read a modern Ecclesiastes in the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Much like Ecclesiastes it is not presenting the best of the world, but the unfortunate realities of it.

'Israel's Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants' eBook Making Waves

Hadas Midbari, The World Jewish Heritage Fund, 04/19/2015

The World Jewish Heritage Fund’s first digital publication, Israel’s Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants, is making waves around the Jewish world, bringing forward the importance of culinary heritage.

Latinos in Comics featuring "Ghetto Brother"

Edgar Allen Poe Park, Bronx and NY, , 02/24/2015

In conversation with the author Julian Voloj, Melendez discusses growing up in the South Bronx, the events that led to the gang truce, and how it feels to be now in a graphic novel.

Exploring Israel's 'ethnic' cuisine

Amy Klein, JTA, 01/28/2015

How Iranian-Jewish Women Started a Writers' Revolution

Benjamin Ivry, The Jewish Daily Forward, 01/22/2015

Despite the propaganda emanating from Iran, it is undeniable that at least 13 Jews have been executed there since the Islamic revolution, supposedly for being connected to Israel or for helping fellow Jews emigrate.

A Year of Stories and Thanks

Be'chol Lashon Staff, Jewish&, 11/24/2014

At Be'chol Lashon we are quietly and joyfully marking a year since the launch of Jewish&. Sharing stories is one of the best ways we know about how to celebrate diversity and the richness of both the historic and contemporary Jewish experience.

A Taste of Hungary. And Morocco. And Iraq. And Bulgaria. And Libya.

Dana Kessler, Tablet Magazine, 11/18/2014

Israeli culinary expert Janna Gur gathers traditional recipes from across the Diaspora in her new cookbook, ‘Jewish Soul Food’

Santa Fe woman's book explores her Jewish family's past in Syria

Bruce Krasnow, The New Mexican, 09/27/2014