Former NZ Woman’s Weekly contributor Ann Gluckman is proud of the legacy her new book leaves for future generations of Auckland’s Jewish community…

It’s a unique record of Jewry in Aotearoa but for nonagenarian author Ann Gluckman, her latest book is a two-year labour of love that she credits for rescuing her from the depression of older age.

As the former Weekly contributor and travel writer celebrates the launch of the third volume of Identity and Involvement: Auckland Jewry Past and Present, she’s proud of the legacy it leaves for future generations.

Packed with personal essays from more than 120 members of Auckland’s Jewish communities, the work is a snapshot of modern Judaism in the city.

It’s been more than a quarter century since the first volumes were published, in 1990 and 1993, and Ann says today’s community is marked by diversity, with contrasting ideas of what it means to be Jewish in the modern age, and people more relaxed about sharing personal thoughts…

Read the full story, by Lynley Ward, on Now to Love here.

Also, read our report on the launch of “Identity & Involvement: Auckland Jewry into the 21st Century” here.