Juliene Berk


CALL HER BLESSED:

LIBRARIES who have added Call Her Blessed and Glimpses of Southern Jewish Roots to their collection:

The Library of Congress

The Jewish Theological Seminary

Harvard College

Yeshiva University

University of North Carolina

Baltimore Hebrew University

The University of Florida

Hebrew Union College, New York

Broward Community College

Institute of Southern Jewish Life

The Genealogical Society of Utah

Brandeis University

The American Jewish Archives
(Cincinnati, Ohio)

Rollins College

Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles

Jonathan D. Sarna, Director
Hornstein -- The Jewish Professional
Leadership Program -- Brandeis University

University of Louisville

Wright State University

Univ.of California
at Berkeley

Amherst College

Stern College for Women
Yeshiva University

University of Maryland

University of Central Florida

Florida Historical Society

Jacksonville Historical Society

University of West Florida

Stanford University

University of North Florida

Florida Southern College

Miami-Dade Public Library System
Helen Muir Florida Collection

Franklin & Marshall College

BOOKS

Reviews:


GLIMPSES OF SOUTHERN JEWISH ROOTS

REVIEWS:

"... a delightful collection of vignettes..."
American Jewish Historical Society

"... collection of 22 charming stories..."
Florida Today

"... true stories about how it was in America when Eastern European Jews were fleeing pogroms and poverty... Hardships are combined with humor as the extended Bercovici-Berkovitz-Berk family adapted to their new country... Yankel comments on what he sees, thinks and feels in the manner of Sholem Aleichem's Tevye..."
The Las Vegas Israelite

... GLIMPSES OF SOUTHERN JEWISH ROOTS is a collection of short stories about real people and events involving Jews who arrived in the South 100 years ago. Also included in the book is "Yankel In Amerikeh," a group of vignettes told in the voice of one of the immigrants speaking his new language in a distinctive way..."
Daytona News-Journal

"... a 125 pager worthy of mention... well-written and interesting..."
The JEWISH WORLD Northeastern New York, Vermont and Western Massachusetts

"... The adjectives that came to mind while reading these works were pleasant and charming... Berk's loving descriptions makes it easy to see that she truly cares about these people, and readers may find themselves feeling the same. And then there's Yankel, the funny elder who has almost disappeared from the American scene. I found his monologues on life amusing... If you laugh or groan with pleasure, you'll find yourself liking Yankel."
Rabbi Rachel Esserman, The Reporter, The Jewish Federation of Broome County, Binghamton, New York

SELECTED WORKS:

Creative Non-Fiction
e.g. Fiction, History, Magazine Articles, etc. goes here
Short stories and vignettes based on family members in CALL HER BLESSED
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PLAYS
Based on a true story set in America's South and Havana, Cuba at the beginning of the 20th century which deals with an Eastern European Jewish tradition of "special women."
Hugo von Hofmannsthal is credited with creating the greatest female character ever to tread the operatic boards--Marie Therese (Die Marschallin in the opera DER ROSENKAVALIER). She was his Muse, his Goddess, his ideal woman. He created his GALATEA according to patriarchal culture which not only put a female Muse at the beck and call of the artist, but also dictated that ALL incarnations of Aphrodite--all females --be innately subservient to males. In this play the artist's creation comes to life as a vibrant, seeking, uncertain, loving human being who is now free to be her SELF and to love whomever and however she chooses. This famous myth is stood on its heels breaking tradition by regarding it from the matriarchal point of view.

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