OTHER WRITINGS: columns, articles, etc.

Back in 1962, when I was 13, I decided to get out of instructional swim by volunteering to write, edit, and mimeograph the Camp Naomi newspaper. Do you blame me? Camp Naomi was located on Crescent Lake in Raymond, ME. Crescent Lake was fed by melted snow. Instructional swim was first thing in the morning. I don’t recall having to break through a layer of ice before immersing myself in the water, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Besides, I was (and still am) a lousy swimmer.

After the summer, I announced that I knew what I wanted to be: a journalist.

Within 18 months of my decision, I received a check for my first nationally published work: a short obituary of JFK published in Ingenue magazine. I refused to cash the check, until my mother, who worked in a bank, convinced me it would louse up the magazine’s bookkeeping if I didn’t. My father photocopied the check (on the slimy paper used then), and I’m sure if I search enough I’ll find it somewhere in the attic. Or in the study closet, in a box, hidden by wrapping paper, old file folders, my diplomas, framed photos, and other assorted stuff we can’t throw away but don’t need. (I wonder if looking for some of my high school and college memorabilia is impetus enough for me to organize and clear out the closet. Nah.)

I did find my copy of the article, though, and it’s on the page headed “In Memoriam.”

In high school, I was an editor of the Girls’ Latin School literary magazine, the Jabberwock, and on the staff of our yearbook. In college, I was a writer, photographer, and editor of the Simmons News, and had a few articles published in the Sunday magazine of the Boston Herald. (Thanks, Mr. Poole!) I also was the founding managing editor of Genesis 2, one of the first Jewish student papers of the era.

Then I decided to become a rabbi instead of the first woman editor of the New York Times.

I did continue with my journalistic endeavors for a couple of years, as editor of the Philadelphia Jewish student paper, HaYom. We were funded by the Federation of Jewish Agencies. They were less than pleased by our Purim issue The Jewish Expulsion (“published since 1492”), as they also funded the Jewish Exponent.

In 1977-78, Gary and I spent a year in Israel. He was studying at Hebrew U., and I was looking for something to do, preferably something that paid a salary. I answered an ad in the Jerusalem Post for a “literary editor,” and was hired by Dr. Israel Goldstein to go through his archives (housed at the Goldstein Youth Village) and put together a book titled, Jewish Justice and Conciliation: History of the Jewish Conciliation Board of America, 1930-1968, and a Review of Jewish Juridical Autonomy. It was published by K’tav in 1981, and I was surprised to find it still listed on amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ygs9tgf

Except for some academic writing chapters in The Women’s Torah Commentary(http://tinyurl.com/yfkee5d) and The Women’s Haftarah Commentary (http://tinyurl.com/yh3d5kn), a piece on Jewish science fiction (listed in column on right as, er, Jewish Science Fiction) in Attitudes, a magazine from the Voice, the newspaper for the So. Jersey Jewish community, and a piece in Birds and Blooms magazine (which was edited beyond recognition by the magazine – but I cashed the check anyway; I’ll add my version as soon as I can find it), that was it for almost 25 years. Then I began writing a bi-weekly column for the local daily, the Burlington County Times(Thanks, Fredda!), and a few columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Then came Chanukah Guilt (Thanks, Dindy!), followed by Talk Dirty Yiddish. (Thanks, Paula!)

The following pages are the unedited versions of those columns. (It was easier to cut-and-paste from my word processor files than to search the on-line newspaper archives for links to the articles.)

Enjoy!

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