About Jo Ellen Green Kaiser

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser is the Editor-in-chief of Zeek magazine, available at www.jewcy.com/zeek and also at www.zeek.net .She is the co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice (www.righteousindignation.info) and the mom of Zoe.

Harvey Pekar: Mensch

By November 20, 2008

Scarcely a reader of this on-line column will be a stranger to the name of Harvey Pekar. Those old and stay-up-late enough to have caught Harvey on the Late Show with David Letterman remember the host more anxious about controversy … Read More

Exodus for Activists

By November 14, 2008

The Exodus narrative is, in many ways, the foundational Jewish story of freedom and the struggle for justice.  In this story, we meet the first Jewish organizer/social justice activist-Moses, son of slaves and adopted son of Pharaoh.  Moses’ story initiates … Read More

From Apartheid to Obama

By November 8, 2008

Twenty years ago, my family left South Africa for the U.S. Behind us we left a segregated, isolated nation, and a president, P.W. Botha, who refused to relent to global condemnation of apartheid. I remember arguing with my classmates during … Read More


By September 25, 2008

Todd Hasak-Lowy’s first novel will be published in October. Its title is Captives and its hero is Daniel Bloom, a family man and screenwriter for Hollywood. Lately, Daniel’s become disenchanted by a world, or just a country, of contemptible materialism, … Read More

Philip Roth’s Righteous Indignation

By September 18, 2008

Standing over her father’s casket after the slow but steady unraveling of his wits and body towards death, the daughter of the anonymous hero of Philip Roth’s 2006 novel Everyman quotes her father’s code for surviving the cruelty and isolation … Read More

Words At Night With Bassam Aramin

By September 16, 2008

  "You caught me!" Bassam Aramin says.   He is not pleased to be caught. I am not pleased to have caught him.   I called him for an interview. He told me to meet him at the Hebron Gate, … Read More

Yiddishkayt in the Vernacular

By September 10, 2008

Nowhere has the struggle between the perception of the vernacular artist and of the "high" artist been more intense than in the Jewish world, and for interesting and important reasons. The craving of educated and sometimes wealthy outsiders to be … Read More

A Personal History of Jewish Reading

By September 2, 2008

  Were someone to ask me what I do for a living, I’d respond: I’m a reader. Yet, I write books (maybe I write too many books), and by profession and sustenance, I’m a writer: I create stories, I reflect … Read More