Jewish Fathers: A Legacy of Love

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Lloyd Wolf, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Paula Wolfson

Publisher: Jewish Lights

A moving collection of heartfelt stories and stirring photographs celebrating and honoring the lives of contemporary American Jewish fathers.

The image of the Jewish father is synonymous with the Yiddish word mensch, a good, kind, decent, human being. The word mensch has become part of America’s vocabulary. The first mensch that we meet in life is usually our father. Honest. Hardworking. Fair. Reliable. Charitable. Funny. Reverent. Mature. Honorable. Learned. Righteous. Responsible. A mensch. It is a standard to be lived up to, a standard that Jewish fathers have been charged with since the times of the biblical patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Family matters. Fathers matter.

Paula Ethel Wolfson, author of the book Jewish Mothers: Strength, Wisdom, Compassion (published by Chronicle in 2000), is a licensed clinical social worker and former staff photographer for the Washington Jewish Week. She covered Congress, the White House, the Embassy of Israel, and documented cultural exchange programs in Asia and Latin America for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and the Humanities. Her writing has appeared in Jewish Monthly, New York Jewish Week, Lilith, and The Forward.

Lloyd Wolf is an award-winning photographer and writer whose work is in major public and private collections, and has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Ms., National Geographic Explorer, Jewish Monthly, The Forward, Elle, People, Vogue, and many other publications. He received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1980. His documentary projects include a prison drug-rehab clinic, the Moroccan Jewish community, the March of the Living, Operation Understanding (on Black-Jewish relations), and “Grandma’s House,†a program that cares for HIV-positive babies. He collaborated with Paula Wolfson on the book Jewish Mothers: Strength, Wisdom, Compassion. His first book was Facing the Wall: Americans at the Vietnam Memorial (in collaboration with Duncan Spenser).

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