Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
Right in time for Thanksgiving comes a cornucopia of delights
Jews and food. Is there any more classic blend of elements? Even people who know nothing about Judaism or Jewish culture know that Jews and eating are intertwined. In fact, one of the things that seems to unite philo-Semites and their anti-Semitic opposites is their envy of the warmth and unity conveyed by the idea of the Jewish table spread...
Is Life Too Good?
Is Life Too Good? I've had a long and troubled relationship with National Public Radio, mostly because -- surprise, surprise -- of how it deals with Israel-related news. But I've never had anything but admiration for its business feature called "Marketplace." And the staff has outdone itself with its series called "Consumed," which has been a multilayered look at the...
But, more important, where?
When Kenneth I. Helphand's book Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime appeared on my desk many months ago, I thumbed through it, stopping for a moment on the chapter devoted to "Ghetto Gardens," and thought a terrible, improper thought: "Holocaust scholars will do anything to find a new angle on a well-trafficked subject." I put the solid, clearly serious volume...
For two weeks in a row in this space, I wrote about sleep disturbances among infants and overstimulated teens -- and then, as if to put a very fine point on the matter, indeed, the Science Times section of the Oct.23 New York Times did a large and multi-pronged examination of the subject of sleep, with a stunning layout on...
Poetic justice rises to surface in 'Collected Poems'
C.K. Williams is one of the most honored of American poets, having won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1987 for Flesh and Blood , the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Repair and the National Book Award in 2003 for The Singing . He's been extremely prolific: nine books of poetry in all; a volume of essays, Poetry and...


Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.



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