Writing

My words on Soviet/Russian-Jews, technology, dictators, books, food have appeared in Tablet Magazine, the Forward, the Walrus, Saveur and others.


Soviet / Russian / Jewish

Why Russian Jews Don’t Want to Hear About Being Saved
The Forward – A history that condescends: While the big names of Soviet Jewry are commemorated, the experiences of regular Russian Jews is lost.

Ghosts of Soviet Holocaust Cinema Finally Escape From the Censors’ Files
Tablet Magazine – Long-lost and suppressed classics with complicated depictions of the Shoah find champion in Olga Gershenson’s new book on a “phantom industry”.

Soviet Emigres Get Stuck in the Past in ‘Stateless’
Tablet Magazine – What is the authentic Soviet Jewish immigration story? By focusing on their departure only, a new documentary misses what the immigrants became.

Mother Russia and the Jews: An A-Z Guide
Jewcy – When Israeli president Shimon Peres travelled to Russia for the opening of Moscow’s new Jewish museum, he made a point of thanking Putin for 1,000 years of Russian hospitality, conveniently forgetting a few key details. I’ve helpfully listed them in A-Z form.
+ The outtakes

A Desperate Campaign to Remember Soviet Jewish War Heroes Races Against Time
The Forward – A Soviet Jewish war veteran and his “museum” in a cramped Toronto apartment.

Rootless Cosmopolitans Gather in Upstate New York
eJewish Philanthropy – I spend a weekend with Russian-Jewish “community initiators” and come up with some thoughts on rootless cosmopolitans, language and the ever-conflicted Russian-Jewish identity.

Limmud FSU US: An Immigrant Community Comes Into Its Own
eJewish Philanthropy – On a weekend spent speaking Russian, or my first time at Limmud FSU.

Compelled to “Do Jewish”
Ethnic Aisle – On circumcisions and mixed-faith relationships.

A Soviet Soup Tastes Like Freedom in the New Country
The Forward – A traditional Soviet Georgian soup is “reclaimed” as a Jewish Shabbat meal.

Soviet/Russian Jewry Reading List
Jewish Book Council – A list of books on the Soviet-Jewry movement and immigration, selected for the Jewish Book Council


Technology / Dictators

Hitler? There’s an app for that
Tablet Magazine – Developers are creating Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini iPhone apps that offer little more than propaganda. And Apple’s gatekeepers approve them.

Why Didn’t Facebook Waive “Sponsored Post” Fees for Hurricane Sandy Relief?
TechPresident – Facebook has turned down the spigot on Page traffic and replaced it with promoted posts. How did this new “pay to play” structure affect Hurricane Sandy relief efforts?

Post-Dictatorship: Ten Tyrants Who Have Reached Retirement [PDF]
Walrus Magazine – The cozy “retirements” of some of the last century’s most notorious dictators

The debate: Should you post about your kids on Facebook?
Today’s Parent – I may be all over social media, but my child isn’t.

Runway Robot Debuts Old Stereotypes
Bitch Magazine – The Japanese runway supermodel robot meets Battlestar Galactica.


Books

Graphic Truths
Walrus Magazine – Explores the trend towards non-fiction graphic novels (journalism, memoir, historical fiction…)

Oh, Canada! [PDF]
Saveur Magazine – Culinary historian Elizabeth Driver’s new Canadian cookbook bibliography.

Soviet-Jewry Reading List
Jewish Book Council – A list of books on the Soviet-Jewry movement and immigration, which I curated for the JBC.

Q&A with…
Helen Humphreys | Camilla Gibb | Ami McKay | Geraldine Brooks | Dennis Bock | Claire Holden Rothman


Food

Oh, Canada! [PDF]
Saveur Magazine – Culinary historian Elizabeth Driver’s new Canadian cookbook bibliography

A Soviet Soup Tastes Like Freedom in the New Country
The Forward – A traditional Soviet Georgian soup is “reclaimed” as a Jewish Shabbat meal.

Raising Animals That Are Deer To His Heart [PDF]
Edible Toronto – Profile of Ontario elk farmer John Rietkerk

Apples to Oysters: From Bonavista to Vancouver [PDF]
Edible Toronto – Book review and interview with author Margaret Webb

Anita Stewart’s Canada: Celebrating Our Gastronomic Mosaic [PDF]
Edible Toronto – Book review and interview with author Anita Stewart

Delving Between the Covers of Canada’s Culinary Culture [PDF]
Edible Toronto – Book review and interview with culinary historian Elizabeth Driver