A novel about a 57-year-old Jewish grandmother unexpectedly pregnant with twins is Jewish LearningWorks' selection for its next One Bay One Book program. "On Division," which will be published Sept. 17, was written by Goldie Goldbloom, a 54-year-old Australian-born author who had great success with ...
When I was ten years old, our family saw Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. This was a big deal. My grandparents, who NEVER went to the theater, came. As immigrants from Eastern Europe, Fiddler felt like their story.
The first act climaxes with a wedding, punctuated by a pogrom, bringing the wedding joy to a crashing halt. The townspeople invade and trash the wedding, and the roughed-up celebrants flee in fear.
The sold-out crowd is stunned; you can hear a pin drop.
Until my grandmother, resident of the Bronx, by way of Przemyśl, Poland, pierces the silence: “This they call a pogrom?” she remarks, unimpressed.