Standoff

"He had a gun and she had a camera. Both daring the other to shoot."

A flash thriller.

(Published in Beyond Words, 2021)

D.F.L.

"I'm broken," I tell Tamar. My breath is ragged. My heart races. "I can't do this anymore."

"You don't have to," she replies.

I jump off my bike and sit down by the side of the trail. Digging my fingernails into my skin, I draw blood to distract from the pain.

Tamar stops her bike and waits.

(Published in HerStry, 2021)

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Quarantine is a State of Mind

"In March 2020, I jumped on one of the last flights from Chicago to Israel. A fraught journey bathed in isopropyl alcohol. The smell wafted through my pores as flight attendants took our temperatures and scribbled down quarantine information. I was sure my sweaty palms and forehead would jack up my temperature, but I passed and was allowed to land at Ben Gurion Airport..."

(Published in the iO Literary Journal, 2021)

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The Coat

My story "The Coat" appears in the Turning Points anthology, a product of the Off Campus Writer's Workshop, one of Chicago's oldest and most venerable writers groups. The entire collection of 43 stories has been praised by such luminaries as best-selling authors Scott Turow and Jay Bonansinga, as well as esteemed creative writing educators Fred Shafer, Stuart Dybeck, and Patricia Ann McNair.

Monday Morning, 2 am and Blue Lips

Two poems, "Monday Morning, 2 am" and "Blue Lips"
published in Arc 28: The Kiss

(Journal of The Israel Association of Writers in English, 2021)

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Two holidays, one theme: Hindus, Jews celebrate joint festival of lights

Bringing together two diverse communities and highlighting strong Israel-India relations, over 400 people gather in Chicago to simultaneously honor Diwali and Hanukkah

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Powerful musical recounts Atlanta lynching of falsely accused Jewish man

A century after the murder of Leo Frank, ‘Parade’ — now staged in Chicago — is a devastatingly relevant piece of drama.

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Israeli waltzes his way into Hamilton musical company

Yossi Chaikin’s tale of hard work, grit and determination took him from Kiryat Yam to the Juilliard School of Dance. Now, he’s made it to the big leagues.

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As sun sets on Obama presidency, Chicago Jews reflect on his legacy

With the outgoing president’s closing remarks delivered, Jewish supporters still struggle to reconcile his positions on Israel.

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In Israel, Modern Orthodoxy embraces the religious LGBTs partly

After a murder at 2015’s Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, members of the gay community see increased acceptance even as some spiritual leaders double down on rejection.

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