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A Russian Immigrant: An Evening with Author & Congregant Maxim D. Shrayer

Thursday, May 14, 2020 20 Iyar 5780

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMLissner Hall

Join us for an evening with our fellow congregant, the writer Maxim D. Shrayer, who will read from and discuss his new book, A Russian Immigrant. Rabbi Daniel Schaefer will moderate the discussion.

Bilingual author, scholar, translator, Boston College professor, and National Jewish Book Award winner Maxim D. Shrayer will enchant with excerpts from his new book of fiction, "A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas." In the words of fellow award-winning author Eileen Pollack, "Forget all the slapstick, Moscow-on-the-Hudson, burlesque treatments of Jewish Russian émigré life you've ever read. If you want the honest, beautifully rendered, and deeply compelling truth about what it's like to be a Russian immigrant in America, these three braided novellas by the very talented Maxim D. Shrayer are all you need."

This beautiful troika of stories, by turns tender and tense, will leave you with a newfound appreciation for what it’s like to be a Russian Jewish immigrant in America.

A book signing to follow.


Maxim D. Shrayer, a translingual author, scholar and translator, is Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College and Director of the Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry at Harvard’s Davis Center. Born in Moscow in 1967 to a writer’s family, Shrayer emigrated to the United States in 1987. He has authored over fifteen books in English and Russian, among them the internationally acclaimed memoir “Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story,” the collection “Yom Kippur in Amsterdam,” and the anthology “Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature.” His works have been translated into nine languages. Shrayer won a 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and in 2012 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Visit Shrayer’s website at

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