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VOLUME 18, NUMBER 1 / WINTER 2017
This issue of CONTACT explores diverse facets of an American Jewish community experiencing both transition and strength. The issue opens with a lead story by Shulem Deen that shatters the accepted narrative of endemic angst among those who have left the Hasidic world. Contrary to headlines of ubiquitous emotional despair, Deen finds post-Hasidic Jews living full, vibrant lives outside the strictures of the communities in which they grew up. The issue then visits the DOROT Teen Internship Program via Ayalon Eliach, the rabbinic counselor for the program who witnessed teenage participants grow in their Jewish knowledge and commitments through their experiences with the elderly. Esther Schor takes us on a tour through the Jewish byways of Esperanto, and Ari L. Goldman visits the newest JCC outpost in New York City, in the historic Harlem neighborhood. The issue rounds out with profiles of young Jewish innovators making a difference in books, radio and film, and with the Amy Kurzweil’s graphic narrative that ties three generations of Jewish women together.
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