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Daniel E. Levenson


The New Vilna Review is an online journal dedicated to exploring questions of modern Jewish identity from an individual and communal perspective. We publish works by some of the most interesting and innovative poets, writers, artists and thinkers in the Jewish world today. We are based in Boston, and while many of our readers and contributors come from within the American Jewish community, we also have visitors and contributors from Israel and around the world. In poetry and verse, we are dedicated to exploring a wide variety of Jewish themes, helping to build a strong body of modern Jewish literature, accessible via the web.

-Daniel E. Levenson
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief


Daniel E. Levenson is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the New Vilna Review. He holds an ALM in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and a BA in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mr. Levenson was an active leader in the Jewish graduate student community at Harvard University and has studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. He lived in Israel for 8 months in 2009 where he wrote, studied and did volunteer work for the Jewish Agency for Israel.


Daniel E. Levenson, Editor-in-Chief


Claire Rosenberg, Staff Writer


Kelly Kossar, Staff Writer



Board of Advisors

Mishael Zion, 26, is a Jewish Educator from Jerusalem. Studying and teaching at the Shalom Hartman Institute and at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Mishael searches for ways in which Judaism and Halakha can become a toolbox for building a meaningful Jewish identity. He is co-author of HaLaila HaZeh: An Israeli Haggadah (Hebrew, 2004) and A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices (English, 2007), and the proud father of Zohar.

Rabbi Henry A. Zoob is the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth David of Westwood, having served the congregation for thirty-six years. He is the Founding President of the Rashi School, the Boston Area Reform Jewish Day School. He served on the Social Planning and Allocations Committee of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Boston for a six year period and was a founding board member of the Gann Academy. He helped initiate the Beit Din (Rabbinical Court) of the Boston Area Reform Rabbis and served as the first Rosh (Head) of the Beit Din from 1998 to 2001. He is a past President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis and past Chairman of the Boston Area Reform Rabbis. He has served on the Board of Mayyim Hayyim, the Boston Area Mikveh and Educational Center for six years. Rabbi Zoob is married to Barbara Shure Zoob of Cincinnati who is on the staff at the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly in Brighton, MA. Their son Sam is currently studying for his MBA at Babson.

Rabbi Avi Poupko is a former Harvard University Campus Rabbi and adviser to the Orthodox minyan at Harvard University Hillel. He presently lives in Jerusalem.



Dr. Scott Damrauer, MD


Jonathan Golden, Ph.D. is the Director of Academic Operations at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA. For 6 ½ years, he served as the History Department Chair at Gann and continues to teach AP U.S. History. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University from the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department with a focus on American Jewish history. In 2007, he received the Sydney Hillson Memorial Award from Hebrew College for Distinguished Leadership in and Commitment to Jewish Education.


Dr. Jack Kay, PhD.



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Welcome to the New Vilna Review

*A Note From the Publisher - February 8, 2012*


Dear readers and contributors,

The New Vilna Review has been going through some changes the past few

months, and our focus has shifted to offering an expanded selection of

poetry, fiction and arts writing. We are once again accepting submissions,

and look forward to continuing to publish some of the most interesting and

thought provoking work in the world of Jewish arts and letters.

-Daniel E. Levenson

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

The New Vilna Review



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