Beyond Bagels and Lox: Writing about Jewish Lives in the 21st Century with Allegra Goodman and Amy E. Schwartz—in celebration of the Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest

By | Jul 11, 2023


How do novelists of today tell the stories of Jews living their lives in 21st-century America? Is there still such a thing as a “Jewish story”?

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Allegra Goodman, whose acclaimed books include the National Book Award finalist Kaaterskill Falls, Paradise Park, The Family Markowitz and most recently Sam. Goodman’s characters range from hippie seekers in Hawaii to Hasidic Jews in upstate New York, and they navigate varied landscapes of identity and community, Jewish and otherwise, as they search for meaning. We discuss how Judaism is and is not portrayed in fiction today and about the influence of religion, spirituality, community and assimilation on today’s Jewish authors. In conversation with Moment Book & Opinion editor Amy E. Schwartz.

We also meet the winners of the Moment Magazine -Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest. This is a special literary event celebrating the Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest winners.

First-place: “Arguing with Reinfeld” by Steven Bryan Bieler

Second-place: “Chelm, NJ” by David Tuchman

Third-place: “Night of Broken Glass” by Ilana Marcus

READ the winners’ stories and WATCH their interviews.


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