Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
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New York is, in tone and pace, one of the most Jewish cities in the world, and yet, most of time, you wouldn't know it from reading The New York Times . Of course, there are lots of stories about Jews throughout the paper, but they are not often about Jewish Jews. Occasionally, there are stories in the Metro section...
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I've already reviewed a half-dozen books published to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding, but this oral history by Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald S. Strober -- titled Israel at 60 and published by John Wiley & Sons -- has become an instant favorite. It's not just the number of different people the authors spoke to that makes this...
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Seven years ago, photographer Neil Folberg published his ravishingly beautiful book of photographs called Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land that seemed, singlehandedly, to redefine the entire terrain of Israel. Now Abbeville Press, one of America's premier art-book publishers, has reissued the volume to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state's founding. This new version is in a...
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It was time to drop in again on the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute's bimonthly eZine known as 614 . Geared mostly for women, it debuted early in 2007, and I first wrote about it several months later. At that time, I noted that HBI's intention, according to a press release distributed before the launch, was to spark "conversation among Jewish women" by...
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A tale of survival, and poetry that survived
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The story behind A Wall of Two , a stirring collection of poems by two gifted sisters, is quite moving, filled as it is with heroism and deep sorrow. The American poet Fanny Howe, who has done what are called "adaptations" of the poetry gathered here, has also provided an introduction to this edition, published by University of California Press,...
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Profile

Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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