Where We Find Ourselves: Jewish Women Around the World Write about Home


Explores the universal longing for home, illuminated through the essays, poetry, and fiction of forty Jewish women writers from around the world.
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Explores the universal longing for home, illuminated through the essays, poetry, and fiction of forty Jewish women writers from around the world.
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“…this thoughtful, humbling and undeniably spirited collection makes a comforting touchstone.” — Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438425221
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2009
  • Series: Excelsior Editions
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Miriam Ben-Yoseph is Associate Professor at DePaul University’s School for New Learning and coeditor (with Mechthild Hart) of Psychological, Political, and Cultural Meanings of Home.

Deborah Nodler Rosen is a poet and the editor of RHINO, an award-winning poetry journal based in Evanston, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Miriam Ben-Yoseph and Deborah Nodler Rosen


Miriam Ben-Yoseph and Deborah Nodler Rosen


Nava Semel, translated by Anthony Berris (Israel/USA)

A Home Called Exile
Diana Anhalt (Mexico)

The Kitchen
Miriam Ben-Yoseph (Romania/Israel/USA)

Mirka and I (excerpt from an autobiographical novel,The Edge of the Field)
Helen Degen Cohen/Halina Degenfisz (Poland/Belarus/USA)

Independence Park: A Fiction
Dina Elenbogen (USA/Israel)

Burning in Cuba
Jyl Lynn Felman (USA/Israel/Cuba)

Homeland Security
S. E. Gilman (USA)

A Letter to My Grandmother on Coming Home from Europe
Sara Paretsky (USA)

Marked by Carnival
Dina Rubina, translated by Daniel M. Jaffe (Russia/Israel)

Else Lasker-Schüler, translated by Janine Canan (Germany/Israel)

Memories of My Chinese Home
Eve Perkal (Poland/China/USA)


To Return to One’s Homeland
Marjorie Agosin, translated by Betty Jean Craige (Chile/USA)

Snow Unites Jerusalem
Dalia Kaveh, translated by Linda Stern Zisquit (Israel)

From Cairo to Chicago
Marcelle Levy (Egypt/USA)

Bella, 1908
Ada Molinoff (USA)

Caroline Smadja (Tunisia/France/Israel/USA)

Jewish Oil Brat
Shalom Bayit
Davi Walders (USA)

All but My Life
Gerda Weissmann Klein (Poland/USA)

Kentucky Fried Chicken
Arlene Zide (USA)

Viva Hammer (Australia/USA)

Rochelle Mass (Canada/Israel)

The Mah-Jongg Set
Deborah Nodler Rosen (USA)

A Jewish Romanian in Oxford
Maria Roth (Romania)

In the Margin
Madeline Tiger (USA)

To the Smell of Sea and Pickle
Dalia Kaveh, translated by Linda Stern Zisquit (Israel)

Isibaya (The Home)
Cha Johnston (South Africa)


Ellen Cassedy (USA)

Dalia Kaveh, translated by Linda Stern Zisquit (Israel)

The Girl in the Balcony
Angelina Muñiz-Huberman (Mexico)

The Music and Language of Home
Sara Schwarzbaum (Argentina/USA)

Judith Ilson Taylor (USA)

Morning Exercise
Line of Defense
Linda Zisquit (USA/Israel)


I, May I Find Home
Dorothy Field (USA)

The Dina Letters
Barbara F. Lefcowitz (USA)

My Indian Bene Israel Home
Erusha Newman (India/USA)

In Your Letter
Julie Parson-Nesbitt (USA)

If Only I’d Been Born a Kosher Chicken
Jyl Lynn Felman (USA/Israel/Cuba)

My Mother’s Roots
Helen Degen Cohen/Halina Degenfisz (Poland/Belarus/USA)

My Iranian Sukkah
Farideh Dayanim Goldin (Iran/USA)

Home for Thanksgiving
Rachel Goldin Jinich (USA)

At Home in Shabat
Arlene Hisiger (USA/Israel)

Learning the Language
Tracy Koretsky (USA)

When We Are Born We Are Given a Golden Tent and All Of Life Is the Folding and Setting Up of the Tent
Edith Altman (Germany/USA)


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