Malina Saval is the author of The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens and the novel Jewish Summer Camp Mafia. Her writing has appeared in LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Forward, the Jerusalem Post, Heeb, Tablet, The Fix, Tribe, Variety, The Huffington Post and Now Write! Nonfiction: Memoir, Journalism and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers. She is currently the editorial director of Reimagine, an amazing new online publication set to launch this summer.
So I totally get that sitting around with friends bashing your collective Hebrew school experience from the 80s is pretty much a national Jewish sport, and that we're all so "traumatized" and…"tortured" by the years spent in the cantor's office memorizing our haftarah portions while wondering when his shiny black hair piece was finally going to fall off that now we're all refusing to send our own kids to Hebrew school, complaining that it's a waste of time and they're not going to learn anything anyway.… >> Read More