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Teacha!, by Gerry Albarelli

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Gerry Albarelli's TEACHA! STORIES FROM A YESHIVA chronicls a year in the life of a non-Jewish teacher and his students at a wild Hasidic yeshiva in Brooklyn.


"A playfully rendered, surprising account...[Albarelli's] imaginative descriptions and wonderful sense of rhythm make his account a delight..." -- New York Times Book Review, April 22, 2001

A lovely little memoir...a rare glimpse at the closed world of Jewish fundamentaliism....A very interesting read." -- New York Press, February 2001


Gerry Albarelli is the author of Teacha! Stories from a Yeshiva, which chronicles his experience as a non-Jew teaching English as a second language to Yiddish-speaking Hasidic boys at a yeshiva in Brooklyn. He has published stories, poems and essays in numerous anthologies and reviews, including The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories, Italian Americana, The Breast, and Fairleigh Dickinson Review. He is on the faculties of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. He’s worked for many years for the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, where he has initiated numerous documentary projects. He will be reading from his collection of stories, Mary, Queen of Immigrants, which will be published in 2010.