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.
This week we meet Becky Jaye, who charms us by sharing everything from her various "ands" to the highs and lows of navigating the world as an Asian Rabbinical student in Israel and the larger Jewish community.
“I often feel very isolated as a Jew of color living in the Midwest.”
Several times a month Jeanette Chawki welcomes a handful of strangers into her Brooklyn home. There, the visitors learn about life in her native Lebanon, talk about their own backgrounds, and eat food — lots of it.
When I started attending weekly conversion meetings with a rabbi, I started realizing just how complex and multifaceted of an identity, culture, and religion Judaism was.