At the Jewish Center in Princeton, Leslie Levine-Adler spoke about the evolution of Jewish identity in Russia using the story of the book's main characters as a lens. Following her appearance, the New Jersey Jewish News (NJJN) published this article about the book. Read the full article here or in the NJJN Website.
In Book Club in a Box's interview of Jewish Luck co-authors Leslie Levine Adler and Meryll Levine Page, some intriguing questions are posed like, "What made you decide this story should be turned into a book? What was the writing process like, and how did it affect your relationship with each other? What was the biggest obstacle for these two women in Russia in the 1970s? And in the current day, what would you say are the biggest obstacles for women in Russia now?" And more.... Read the full interview in the Book Club in a Box website.
"What a painstaking labor of love to weave an unforgettable account of a penetrating model friendship that has survived the critical test of time. This took place in the most harrowing context of the Soviet Jews heroic struggle for freedom to leave their native land." Read Rabbi Zoberman's Review of Jewish Luck in the national editon of The Jewish Post and Opinion.
Read "Sister Authors of Jewish Luck," an article in the St. Louis Park Magazine that captures our story perfectly.
The article not only provides an insightful review of Jewish Luck, but reveals in detail how the writing process brought us closer together as sisters. We might have reinforced this point by wearing matching pink shirts to the interview that read, "I can’t remember if I’m the good sister or the evil one."
Our development editor, Patricia Weaver Francisco, is quoted in the article: "Leslie and Meryll should write a book about how they wrote this book. They were tireless and joyful through many revisions. Lots of fascinating material was cut, lots of strategies tried and discarded. Writing this book required discipline, commitment and hard work from each of them, as well as the ability to collaborate with one another and with the women who were their subjects."
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On April 25, 2014, The Columbus Dispatch published an article called "Sisters who grew up in Bexley among Jewish authors visiting central Ohio".
Columnist JoAnne Viviano writes:
Two sisters are returning to their native Bexley this weekend to discuss an adventure that started on a corner in Leningrad in 1976 and has turned into a book exploring the friendship that sustained two Jewish women in the former Soviet Union. Leslie Levine Adler and Meryll Levine Page, who now live in the Minneapolis area, will discuss Jewish Luck at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Bexley Public Library.
Read the full article.
I snapped up the invitation to speak at a zoom meeting for the Jewish Affinity Group from Columbus School for Girls. Self-quarantining for almost a year has made me hungry to talk about Jewish Luck. It's certainly clear from the news that Vera and Alla's perceptions about the "New" Russia are just as relevant now as they were when Vera first encountered Putin in Leningrad.More than the intellectua...
What I learned from American Kompromat by Craig Unger (2021) Dutton: NYC has prompted me to write a blog.
Trigger Warning: This book contains potentially distressing content that could trigger trauma that we have experienced regarding the previous US President.
I whisper this mantra to myself: "We're safe now. He's gone. We're safe now." The purpose of this exercise is to reduce my blood pre...
"Faster than a speeding bullet." .Organized anti-government rallies in 109 cities across Russia from jail for January 23 and January 30, 2021. Watch each weekend.
"More powerful than a locomotive." Able to make a miraculous recovery from Novichok poisoning on Aug. 20, 2020 after remaining in a coma for nearly a month. His is the only known case of survival of that strain of Novichok.
We were featured speakers at Hadassah Brandeis Institute and Levy Summer Series. Our speaking engagements include JCCs, synagogues, libraries, book groups, retirement communities, schools, and organizations (e.g. ORT, Hadassah, and Women's League). References are available.
"I was very fortunate to be able to hear Meryll and Leslie speak at a Hadassah event in Israel. Each of the ~50 participants really enjoyed the event because Meryll and Leslie were so engaging. While they had a natural rapport with the audience, you could also tell they had prepared well so they could connect with our particular group's interests. I learned a lot from listening to them, and I found their sisterly interaction unique and fun. If you want an enlightening and uplifting experience, attend one of their book talks." Lisa Shimoni, Modiin Israel
"Truly, you have written a story that makes accessible the reality of existence in Russia, through the eyes of individuals who lived through the various regimes and dictates. It is fascinating and very well told. As I read Vera and Alla's story, I learned more Russian history than I had known from a textbook. That's a big deal, women! You tell the tale with vivid detail and hook us on the two women and their stories, then weave in the history to illuminate their journeys. It is such a necessary book. I am thrilled that the two of you collaborated, as I can see the uniqueness of your personalities come through in the stories, and that, too, makes the book a gem." Margaret Leibfried, Danielson Group consultant
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Make a donation to Sholom Home and enjoy Jewish Luck at the same time. Jewish Luck is now available at the Sholom Home West gift store. Meryll and Leslie will donate 50% of the proceeds back to Sholom Home. Enjoy!
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