Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
Kindling an Idea
Jeff Bezos, of Amazon fame, recently unveiled his effort at cornering the e-book market; this time out it's called the Kindle. Its nationwide presentation was executed with lots of pomp and circumstance, even while, almost simultaneously, there was talk of a decline in reading, especially among the young, who more than likely comprise the device's target audience. But none of...
Publish or Perish
The New York Times took lots of column inches several weeks ago to note that there's been a decline in test scores among students and that it's been linked to a drop in the amount of time young people spend reading. No real news there. But what was fascinating about the announcement was that, at the moment it was being...
Some very well-known people speak of a lofty subject
It's been noted by certain reviewers and pundits that God's been having a rough time in the bookstores recently. In what seems a concerted response to the zealousness of the Religious Right -- especially its effectiveness in politics -- a spate of books has appeared proclaiming atheism as a more potent and realistic creed to live by than any expression...
Shock and Awe
The most fascinating aspect of the piece was its sense of alarm -- even shock. There was even something faintly "stop the presses" about the combination of headline and lead paragraph. The venue was the Arts section of The New York Times on Nov. 19. Along the top of the front page ran the headline: "Study Links Drop in Test...
A publishing house quite unlike any other
The New York Review of Books , as any lover of literature knows, has been a feature on the publishing scene for more than 40 years now, the brainchild of several New York intellectuals, not a few of whom were Jewish. They included Jason Epstein and his wife, the late Barbara Epstein, both movers and shakers in the publishing world;...


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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