Gailya Tomaino and Dr. Jordan Finkin

The American Israelite has added two new members to the newspaper team: Gailya Tomaino and Dr. Jordan Finkin.

Finkin will be writing a monthly column on Yiddish, the area of his academic expertise. He is Rare Book and Manuscript Librarian at the Klau Library of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. A specialist in modern Yiddish literature, he is the author of several books as well as numerous scholarly essays and articles. His most recent book, Exile as Home, explores the poetry of the Yiddish poet Leyb Naydus. He is also a Yiddish translator as well as the director of Naydus Press, which publishes English translations of Yiddish literary works.

Tomaino is joining the Israelite as staff photographer. She was born in Macon GA and relocated to Cincinnati in 2016. She settled into the Jewish community and attends Shaarei Torah, a modern orthodox synagogue, with her husband and three children. 

Her days are spent furthering her career in photography, growing and learning as much as possible as a Jew and being a dedicated mother and wife. 

The Israelite welcomes both our new colleagues.

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