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Julie Gray

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Hello! I am a lifelong bibliophile, and I also love podcasts and films. I appreciate a good gin and tonic and love Middle Eastern food. For many years, I wrote for the Huffington Post and I have also written for Script Magazine, Moment Magazine and The Times of Israel, among many others. My dayjob is as an editor so I'm lucky to be immersed in stories every day. A devoted lap swimmer, I also love to knit. I am from California but now live in Tel Aviv. I've been working on a memoir about making the move from Hollywood to Israel called They Do Things Differently Here but got waylaid by a much more important book project, The True Adventures of Gidon Lev.

A few favorite writers are: Janet Frame, Virginia Woolf, Anne Lamott, Richard Yates, Yossi

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Julie Gray READ YOUR HEAD OFF. Read good writing, in other words. Read entertaining writing, read emotional writing, read, read, read.
Julie Gray Words become worlds. I'm also an editor. That my "work" lies within the world of stories and narratives is amazing to me.
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Am I Jewish Enough?

I'm very proud that an article I wrote about my conversion to Judaism almost 34 years ago was published as the cover story in the Jewish Journal in LA!

This article tells you a bit more about me and how the process of writing The True Adventures of Gidon Lev shifted my Jewish identity. I hope you enjoy the read!

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“Never trust the teller, trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.”
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