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AJL and Ben Yehuda Press Co-Publish Guide to Yiddish Short Stories

The Association of Jewish Libraries and Ben Yehuda Press are pleased to announce the joint publication of The Association of Jewish Libraries Guide to Yiddish Short Stories by Bennett Muraskin. This is the first such cooperative publishing effort between the two organizations, both of whom are strong advocates for Judaic literature.  

The Guide to Yiddish Short Stories is a gateway into the rich world of Yiddish literature that began in the 19th century. It provides an annotated summary of more than 130 stories available in English translation, from the classics of Sholem Aleichem and Mendele Moycher Sforim to those written by Holocaust survivors in post-war America. For each story there is a bibliographical listing of where it can be found, both in English and the original Yiddish.  

Arranged topically, the Guide can help readers or educators select stories centered around themes including: Jewish holidays, questioning God's justice, the struggle of workers, ethics and piety, life in the shtetl, the curse of poverty, moral choices, anti-Semitism, parents and children, marriage, and spirituality. The Guide further provides biographical sketches of the 43 authors whose works are featured in this volume.  

Author Benett Muraskin is the adult education director of the Jewish Cultural School and Society in West Orange, NJ. He is the author of Let Justice Well Up Like Water: Progressive Jews from Hillel to Helen Suzman (2004), Humanist Readings in Jewish Folklore (2001), a co-author of Celebrating Jewish Holidays: An Introduction for Secular Jewish Families and Their Communities (2002) along with Lawrence Schofer and Judith Seid. He contributed a chapter on “Jewish Secularism” to Peace, Justice and Jews: Reclaiming Our Tradition, edited by Murray Polner and Stefan Merken (2007). He is a columnist for Jewish Currents and Outlook (Canada) and a regular contributor to Humanistic Judaism. His articles have also appeared in Israel Horizons.  

“Bennett Muraskin’s book fills a niche that has been missing in the Yiddish community. An excellent resource for teachers, program directors and students of Yiddish literature,” says Philip Kutner, past vice president, International Association of Yiddish Clubs.  

The Association of Jewish Libraries Guide to Yiddish Short Stories is available for $14.95 on the Ben Yehuda Press Web site at http://www.benyehudapress.com/catalog/muraskin_ajl/ and at other online retailers.  
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