Though author Nathan Englander readily admits that he's veered away from his observant upbringing, Jewish themes pervade his work, including his latest collection of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, the featured title for this year's "One Book One Jewish Community."
Rabbi Miri Gold's paycheck looks the same today as it did six months ago, despite the Israeli attorney general's May decision that Reform and Conservative rabbis in certain parts of the country must receive the same wages as their Orthodox counterparts.
Lt. Dan Ludmir sat next to Afghan civilians at meals, sharing food from the same plate. Hosts poured him cups of chai tea. It is well known among U.S. Marines, he said, that Afghan families reserve the nicest mattress for guests. And yet, beneath the handshakes and generous hospitality, Ludmir, a Philadelphia-area native, said the most urgent and constant threat...
Ron Jones was one of the most popular teachers at Cubberley High School in Northern California when in April 1967, he turned his classroom into a fascist state and instructed students to salute him. At 25, he was not much older than many of his students and was determined not to repeat the drab lessons he’d sat through in school...
Eric Berger has been a staff writer for the Jewish Exponent since August 2012.
Prior to that he spent six months interning at the Jerusalem Post and two years as news and online editor of the Boonville Daily News, a community newspaper in Missouri. He has also written for the St. Louis Beacon, an online newspaper covering the St. Louis area.
He is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.