Shortwave | The New Jews

EISENSTEIN

Bernice Eisenstein grew up addicted to “H” and her parents were her peddlers.  Meet Bernice on Shtetl this morning and hear about her story as told, and drawn, in her graphic memoir  “I am the Child of Holocaust Survivors.” Eisenstein’s work can be seen until April 17th at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto as part of the Graphic Details exhibit.

Also on the show, we celebrate the publication of a radical anthology of essays called “The New Jews” published 40 years ago by Random House.  In one essay, James Sleeper, an editor of the compilation, compares mainstream, suburban Judaism to “a spirtual Hiroshima which had been the setting for the transformation of the Hebrew spirit into an increasingly dispensable appendage of middle-class culture.”  We’ll hear from Jerusalem-based author Yehudah Mirsky on how this anthology holds up today.

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