Event Leadership

Join UJA FSU at a reception featuring award-winning journalist Masha Rumer, author of Parenting with an Accent, in conversation with author Alina Adams. They’ll discuss the challenges and triumphs of immigrants seeking to make a new home in America while honoring their heritage. All attendees will receive a copy of Parenting with An Accent.

You’ll also hear about UJA’s work fighting poverty, confronting antisemitism, and supporting Jewish life — some of our top priorities for the upcoming year.


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Honoree Portrait

Masha Rumer

Masha is the author of Parenting with an Accent: How Immigrants Honor Their Heritage, Navigate Setbacks, and Chart New Paths for Their Children (Beacon Press, 2021, paperback 2022). 

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Kveller, Parents, and others, winning awards from the New York Press Association. 

Masha holds graduate degrees in comparative literature from the City University of New York Graduate Center and in communications from Georgetown University. A former New Yorker born in the former Soviet Union, she now lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Honoree Portrait

Alina Adams

Alina is the New York Times best-selling author of soap-opera tie-ins, figure skating mysteries, and romance novels. Her Regency romance, The Fictitious Marquis, was named a First Own Voices Jewish Historical by The Romance Writers of America. Her historical fiction, The Nesting Dolls, follows three generations of a Soviet Jewish family from Odesa, USSR, to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, while My Mother's Secret: A Novel of the Jewish Autonomous Region shines a light on a little-known aspect of Jewish history. Alina emigrated from the Soviet Union with her family in 1977, and now lives in New York City. She is the mother of three children, all of whom Alina failed...

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Event Leadership

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