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June 4, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A yahrzeit for Sholom Aleichem, who wrote about shtetl, will take place on Zuntik . Tzimmes will be served. Perhaps a glossary is in order. "Sholom Aleichem is known as 'the Yiddish Mark Twain,' " explained Vicki Feldon, 72, chairwoman of the "Ashkenazic Culture and Music" celebration Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Costa Mesa. " Shtetl are the small towns in Eastern Europe where Jewish people lived," Feldon said.
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June 4, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A yahrzeit for Sholom Aleichem, who wrote about shtetl, will take place on Zuntik . Tzimmes will be served. Perhaps a glossary is in order. "Sholom Aleichem is known as 'the Yiddish Mark Twain,' " explained Vicki Feldon, 72, chairwoman of the "Ashkenazic Culture and Music" celebration Sunday at the Jewish Community Center in Costa Mesa. " Shtetl are the small towns in Eastern Europe where Jewish people lived," Feldon said.
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January 28, 1996 | Brett Singer, Brett Singer, the author of "The Petting Zoo" and "Footstool in Heaven," teaches in the masters of fine arts program at the University of Memphis and is working on her third novel
Rebecca Goldstein's "Mazel"--winner of the National Jewish Book Award--is a book as thick and teeming as the world of Eastern European culture to which it gives voice. "Mazel" is Yiddish for luck, and the idea that "there is, after all, such a thing as mazel" represents the credo of Sasha (nee Sorel) Sonnenberg, the voluble heroine of Goldstein's fifth book. "Mazel" is divided into nearly as many partitions as was the Poland of the 1930s and '40s. The story starts out in Lipton, N.J.
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