The Newsletter of Fig Tree Books LLC
November, 2020: Issue #12
Fredric D. Price, Founder & Publisher
BLOG: Now with commentary on culture/current events, plus mini-reviews of books not published by Fig Tree Books

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JEWS OF DIFFERENT HUES: A Black Convert Saves Judaism in Small-Town Indiana

"In 2011, Andre Allen Hairston was arrested for dealing cocaine and sentenced to six years (he was released after five) at Indiana’s Miami Correctional Facility. He considered himself a believing Christian, even if he had not always behaved in a Christ-like manner. Midway through his sentence, Hairston joined a regular meeting of men who would study with a rabbi every week. They learned the weekly Torah portion, and they discussed Jewish spirituality. But the rabbis didn’t come simply to offer guidance to the inmates. They wanted to convert them to Judaism."
TOPICAL: Hate Needs a Vaccine by Rabbi Rachel Jackson, from Sinai and Synapses

"We have been living in a global pandemic now for nearly six months. Back in April I would check the stats every day. Statistics like where the hot spots are, what the R naught is in various places, the number of infected and the number of fatalities among many others. Nowadays I have become too sensitive and distraught to do that."
BRIEF BOOK REVIEW: Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History by Nancy Sinkoff (Not published by Fig Tree Books LLC)

By Fredric Price

I recently read From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History by Nancy Sinkoff [pictured on the right) ( and would like to share a few thoughts. This biography gives an excellent understanding of how a group of pre-World War II liberal Jewish college students morphed into neo-conservatives in the latter part of the 20th century. It just won the 2020 Natan Notable Book Award from the Jewish Book Council (
MY JEWISH YEAR: Activist Shabbat

"Good deeds. With so many festivals and fasts oriented to healing the
world, it seems entirely fitting to attend a Shabbat dinner run by recent
college graduates who are devoting a year to fighting poverty. “Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps” is a handpicked team of more than seventy young people in four cities—New York, Chicago, New Orleans, and D.C.—who have applied to spend a year working in the nonprofit world. Each member is assigned to a communal residence
and matched with a job in one of fifty-seven organizations addressing
hunger, homelessness, affordable housing, education, or domestic