Winter 1991-1992

Women soldiers in the Israeli army. Homecoming queen struggles to understand the
immigrant grandmother who raised her. A new father’s circumcision anxiety. Sephardic vs. Ashkenazi cooking.

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And Vashti Refused: A Gay Man Find a Biblical Role Model


A gay man finds a role model in the anti-heroine of the Purim story.

East/West Culture Clash


Is crossover eating disloyal? Nibble on and see.

The Doctor’s Plot of 1953


When Stalin declared that "killer doctors" were deliberately poisoning and infecting the country’s leaders, prominent physicians, mostly Jewish, were rounded up and murdered or exiled. Natalya Rapaport, now a scientist herself, is the daughter of the only survivor of the notorious "doctors’ plot." Here she describes her excruciating ordeal as a 14-year-old who waits for her other parent to disappear, too.

“Santa Kloz Hot Gekhalesht”


An extraordinary piece of agitprop puppet theater by Jenny Romaine adapted from a 1930's, Yiddish Marxist primer. Romaine's toy theater of Terror As Usual will mesmerize you.



Bris anxiety? All the feelings you’ve ever had against this practice will surface again as this father describes his struggles over whether or not to circumcise a first-born son.

Homecoming Queen


Waving stupidly from the back of a flatbed truck at half-time leads a 1950s co-ed to a new understanding of the immigrant grandmother who raised her.

His Army Her Army


What happens to women’s worldview when their bosses have more power and less education than they do? A Tel Aviv journalist describes a military system that fosters sexual harassment by men, depression in women, and doomed, ingenue/hero marriages for both.

Poetry: Purim


Sisters unite: the revenge of Vashti and Esther!

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