Selected Writing

Page from Rivca Alhadeff’s Ladino letters

Sephardic Family History

Soletreo Lessons from My Great-Grandfather (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, June 14, 2022)

Inheriting Family Heirlooms, and the Stories of Migration They Tell (Hadassah Magazine, March 2020)

Telling Our Family Stories (The Wexner Foundation, Feb. 7, 2018)

‘I’d Like to Become a Bird’: Ladino Letters Before Catastrophe  (Tablet, August 2017)

My Sephardic Inheritance: A Spoonful of Salt, a Spoonful of Sugar (Tablet, April 2017)

Crossing the Bosphorus: My Great-Grandmother’s Sephardic Memoir (The Forward, Sep. 14, 2016)

Turning Memories into Megabytes in the Sephardic Studies Digital Library (May 6, 2015)

Contemporary Jewish Culture

Simone Biles Embodies the Jewish Value of Preserving Life (The Times of Israel / JTA / Kveller, July 30, 2021)

Jewish Tradition Celebrates the Rhythms of Nature. What Happens When It’s Thrown Off Balance? (The Times of Israel / JTA / Kveller, July 12, 2021)

RBG Taught Us to Be the ‘Singing Lady’ in the Room (Lilith, Sep. 20, 2020)

Ali Wong was the Feminist Icon I Needed as a Young Jewish Kid (Kveller, Nov. 2019)

‘Hannah the Hanukkah Hero’ Toy: Festive Feminist Role Model or Watered-Down Judaica? (The Forward, Dec. 2016)

How Menschy is the Mensch on a Bench? (eJewish Philanthropy, Dec. 2014)

On Hebrew

Learning Hebrew, Mother and Child (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, July 6, 2018)

Hebrew Letters That Dance (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, Dec. 31, 2015)

The Hebrew Alphabet Gets an Orthodox Feminist Makeover (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, March 23, 2015)

On Yiddish

A New Generation Takes Yiddish to the Masses (Jewish in Seattle, April 2019)

The Rise of Cheeky Yiddish Leisurewear (The Forward, Nov. 2015)

Saying Shana Tova with a Yiddish Postcard (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, Sep. 22, 2014)

Yiddish and Me (Jewish Book Council, Feb. 4, 2013)

Yiddish and Us (Jewish Book Council, Feb. 6 2013)

Dreaming in Mother Tongues (Jewish Book Council, Feb. 8, 2013)

On Ladino

Ladino as Sephardi Cultural Bedrock (Hadassah, Nov./Dec. 2021)

The First Ever All-Ladino Hanukkah Album is Here (Kveller, Nov. 11, 2021)

Behind the Curtain: What a Factory’s Demise Means for Seattle’s Sephardic Jewish Community (Tablet, March 1, 2021)

Francois Azar Brings Folktales and the French Sephardic Revival to Seattle Ladino Day (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, Nov. 11, 2018)

Ladino Day Turns to Storytelling–and to the Future (Jewish in Seattle, Nov. 26, 2018)

A Ladino Haggadah with Woodcuts and Wine Spills (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, March 25, 2015)

A Soldier’s Ladino Poems of Ottoman-Jewish Pride (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, Nov. 10, 2014)

Speaking Jewish: Thoughts on Jewish on Ladino, Judezmo, & Identity (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, Oct. 16, 2013)


The Unexpected Star of My Son’s Bar Mitzvah Was My Jewish Mom (Kveller, June 7, 2022)

Here We Are: Another Pandemic Purim (Kveller, Feb. 18, 2021)

As Jewish Moms, We Need to Fight for Birth Justice (Kveller, Feb. 8, 2021)

‘Who By Fire’ Has an Awful New Meaning on the West Coast Right Now (Kveller, Sep. 22, 2020)

Purim in a Time of Pandemic (Kveller, March 10, 2020)

Creating a Seaside Baby Naming Ceremony (Ritualwell, August 2019)

A Family Tradition for a Sweet Shabbat (Thrive Global, September 2018)

Artist Profiles and Reviews

Review of Devi Mays, Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora, in Journal of American Jewish History 106.1 (January 2022): 90-92.

This Year, Pianist Renan Koen will lead Seattle’s Sephardic Holocaust Memorial from Istanbul’s Historic Italian Synagogue (UW Jewish Studies E-Journal, July 27, 2020)

Reading the Bible Between the Lines in Aviya Kushner’s Grammar of God (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, June 16, 2016)

Marty Jaffee Brings Rabbinic Voices from the Cairo Geniza to the E-Book (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, Dec. 21, 2015)

Surviving the Survival on Goran Rosenberg’s Road from Auschwitz (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, Dec. 9. 2015)

Ruth Behar on Finding Sephardic Identity in Cuba and Seattle (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, April 8, 2015)

Agnon’s Moonstruck Lovers, by Ilana Pardes (UW Jewish Studies E-journal, Jan. 12, 2014)

“A Biblical Bloomsbury.” Review of Mandrakes from the Holy Land, by Aharon Megged. Lilith 31.1 (Spring 2006): 36-37.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Galante’s Daughter: Crafting an Archival Family Memoir.” In Sephardic Trajectories: Archives, Objects, and the Ottoman Jewish Past in the United States, ed. Kerem Tinaz and Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano. Koç University Press and University of Chicago Press, 2021, pp. 223-247.

“What is the Measure of an Educated Jew? Essay on Telushkin, Hyman, and Ochs.” In The New Jewish Canon: Ideas & Debates, 1980-2015, ed. Yehuda Kurtzer and Claire E. Sufrin. [National Jewish Book Award Finalist] Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2020, pp. 370-380.

“Curating Connections: Public Scholarship, New Media, and Building Bridges to Hebrew Culture.” In What We Talk About When We Talk About Hebrew (and What It Means to Americans), ed. Naomi B. Sokoloff and Nancy E. Berg. [National Jewish Book Award Winner] Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018, pp. 107-123.

“‘The Pretty Heiress from Our Old House’: Figuring the Yiddish-Hebrew Relationship in Rhetorical Works by Itzik Manger and Ya’akov Fichman.” In Jewish Rhetorics: History, Theory, Practice, ed. Michael Bernard-Donals and Janice W. Fernheimer. Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, 2014, pp. 58-76.

Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture. Volume co-editor with Shiri Goren and Lara Rabinovitch. Co-author of Introduction, pp. 1-10. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2013.

“Memoir and Life Writing: Hebrew (1780s to Present).” The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture, ed. Judith R. Baskin. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 419-20.