About: Ruth Ellen Gruber

I am an American writer, photographer, and independent scholar living in Europe. For nearly 20 years, I have chronicled Jewish cultural developments and other contemporary European Jewish issues. I coined the term “Virtually Jewish” to describe the way the so-called “Jewish space” in Europe is often filled by non-Jews. My latest books are "National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe," published in 2007, and "Letters from Europe (and Elsewhere)," published in 2008. I also am working on "Sauerkraut Cowboys: Imaginary Wild Wests in Contemporary Europe," an exploration of the American West in the European imagination for which I won a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEH summer stipend grant.

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