About Talia Lavin

Talia Lavin is a recent Harvard graduate and aspiring novelist. She is currently on a Fulbright grant in Ukraine, where she hopes to get used to pickled herring, pelmeni, and pit toilets. You can read more about her Ukrainian (mis)adventures here.

Babi Yar Is My Backyard: Life in the Shadow of Memory in Ukraine

By April 18, 2013

What it means to live near the site of mass murder Read More

Hanukkah in Ukraine: A Menorah’s Tale

By December 12, 2012

Tracking down a familiar Jewish object in a faraway place Read More

10 Jewish Reasons To Quit Smoking

By September 25, 2012

As we approach Yom Kippur, all the motivation you need to keep your resolutions and kick the habit Read More

My Frizzy, Curly, Jewish Hair

By July 2, 2012

After years of drastic haircuts and ill-advised dye jobs, a young woman learns to embrace her Semitic mane

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My Summer at the Odessa Museum of Jewish History

By June 25, 2012

An American Jew spends the summer in Odessa, hoping to get a taste of the city’s 20th-century revivalist spirit Read More