God told me to run for president. God wants you to read about it here or here and to leave a comment or post it on Facebook.
I have been teaching for many years, but led my first workshop for genealogists at the fall meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. My topic was "Making the dead dance: how to breathe life into your ancestors,” Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at Temple Beth-El in Northbrook. I had a lovely handout called "Who Else was on the Boat?" I have a piece in the November 2015 anthology Brief Encounters (W.W. Norton), edited by Dinah Lenney and the late Judith Kitchen, a wonderful writer and a generous soul. The piece was first published in Brevity .In late October 2015 I was on two panels at Nonfictionow in Flagstaff, Arizona: "You lived through it; do we have to read about it?" with Tom Larson, Elizabeth Kadetsky and Janice Gray; and "What does Theory Have to do With It?" with Sarah Heston and Julija Šukys. You can read about other panels and the keynotes at Assay: a Journal of Nonfiction Studies.
I'm working on a creative nonfiction book about the South. To read my story about a destination bar mitzvah in Selma, click here. To read my piece about a 1965 survey of Selma Jews on integration, click here. To read my take on black-Jewish relations and the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, go here. And here's my piece from the Houston Chronicle online about books to read after you've seen the movie Selma.