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Join us to hear from award-winning journalist Masha Rumer,
author of Parenting with an Accent, in conversation with author Alina Adams (The Nesting Dolls, My Mother’s Secret). They’ll discuss the challenges and triumphs of growing up in immigrant families and how this unique experience shapes everything from dating to careers, and so much more.

All attendees will receive a copy of Parenting with an Accent.

Following the program, keep the conversation going and enjoy light refreshments and drinks with our UJA FSU community. You'll also hear about UJA’s critical work meeting the moment: responding to war in Israel, rising antisemitism, and ongoing needs in Ukraine.

UJA FSU is a welcoming space for Jews with roots in the former Soviet Union (FSU) who want to come together as a community of philanthropists to strengthen their community and beyond. It’s a place to connect with other leaders who are giving back to help people in need of all backgrounds and build a thriving Jewish community in New York and around the world.


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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), a finalist for the Sarton Women's Literary Award.
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...

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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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Alina Adams
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Irina Gulbrandsen
Alice Kogan
Jonathan Levin
Lenny Traps
Lena Vayner
Lenny Vayner

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