Lighting Up the Soul by Stanley Abramovitch

by Susan FreibandLightingTheSoulWeb1

This book is a collection of true life stories based on the work experience of the author. For sixty-five years, beginning in 1945, Rabbi Abramovitch traveled the world helping Jews in need under the aegis of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC or “the joint”). The book serves as a complement to the memoir that he published in 2008. It is divided into four parts, starting with the stories coming out of displaced persons camps in post-war Germany. In addition, there are sections dealing with Moslem countries, Europe and the former Soviet Union. The stories are short, generally two or three pages. Some are very moving and powerful. Abramovitch also includes four childhood reminiscences from his life in Poland. The stories provide a glimpse into the life of Jews around the world, their problems and difficulties. A useful addition to Judaica collections in synagogues, community centers and academic libraries.

This review first appeared in the AJL newsletter.