The Soviet Samovar! First issue! Wednesday!

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*Updated – Check out the first issue of Soviet Samovar here.

I spend a lot of my online time doing what most of us do – reading stuff, looking at stuff and sending stuff around. Savvy internet types have even wholescale co-opted the term curating from the dry, dusty bowels of museums to give all this activity (the modern form of paper-shuffling) some sense of weight and authority.

The stuff I look at often has to do with things Soviet and Jewish. I send the best stuff I find around on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes I send more links around by email, or try to post them on my blog. And other times I end up having conversations with people scattered across email, or Twitter, or Facebook, or on my blog posts. Those people are usually also scattered geographically across the continent. Then I start thinking about all the people who aren’t plugged in to the web, but are probably also interested in all this stuff.

The solution? I’ve decided to launch a monthly newsletter on all things Soviet and Jewish, gathering together – ahem, “curating” – the best and most relevant bits of all this stuff. It’s called The Soviet Samovar and the first issue will be sent out Wednesday. Which means you’ve still got time to clickety-click on the sign up button to get your copy sent straight to your inbox.

Where do you sign up? Just click here, fill out your email and select monthly newsletter from the options. Don’t forget to click on the confirmation message you’ll receive in your inbox. And please tell all your friends and family from the “old country” to sign up too.

And hey, don’t just take my word for it. The folks over at Jewcy also think it’s a great idea:

…growing her domain by way of a shnazzy new newsletter rounding up intriguing Soviet Jewish-related posts on her fantastic website, and possibly the only of its kind, that loyally connects readers with a largely unrelated story, the collective mass of individual experiences of North American Soviet Jewish immigrants. A handful of decades after a couple of waves of Jewish refugees fled for greener pastures, people inside and outside of the community are still catching up to figure out what the hell happened on a large scale, but also on individual levels through such whirlwind transitions to new political and social systems. By way of a brilliantly accessible format, Zeltserman is in turn allowing a communal experience to be written.

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