From Couscous to Kasha: Reporting From the Field of Jewish Community Work

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A humorous and often moving memoir, this account details the years Seymour Epstein spent serving on the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which works with Jewish communities all over the world. This chronicle of Epstein’s international adventures explores the role of community in late 20th-century Jewish life and examines the disintegration of North Africa’s rich Jewish past alongside the spontaneous development of new Jewish communities in Russia The stories included in this book contain profound lessons that can be applied to Jewish community life worldwide.

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"Dr. Seymour Epstein has created (perhaps against his will) a club of “Epi fans,” and as a member of this club I should not write about this book. If allowed by the rules of the club, I would say that even though I found the discussion of many subjects instructive, still, the stories and anecdotes are not only more memorable, but also far more important. The advice and predictions may prove right or wrong, but the memories always sound right, true and illuminating... worthwhile reading." –Rabbi Adin Even Israel Steinsaltz "Seymour Epstein's good fortune placed him in the midst of an era of historical change: the fall of the Soviet Union and, in its wake, the dawn of a new era for Jews and Jewish life. Stationed first in Casablanca, Morocco, Epstein fell in love with this Jewish community, its warm hospitality and biblical traditions. When the Iron Curtain collapsed, he was assigned to a new challenge: helping the “Jews of Silence” to transform into a vibrant Jewish community. In his travels across the USSR from the Baltics to Siberia on behalf of the Joint Distribution Committee, Seymour Epstein took part in a Jewish awakening of colossal dimensions.Twenty years later, he provides us with a fascinating narrative. A talented writer, he blends personal memoirs, historical anecdotes and sober insight into that historical period.Exciting and inspiring." –Ralph Goldman, Honorary Executive Vice President, Joint Distribution Committee

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Seymour Epstein is the senior vice president of the UJA Federation Centre for the Enhancement of Jewish Education and the former world director of Jewish Education for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Casablanca, Morocco. He lives in Toronto.

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