A Mahjong Renaissance Among Jewish American Women

The tile game, imported to the U.S. from China in 1920, has become iconically Jewish and is attracting a new generation of players.

When Elissa Meth Kestin’s grandmother had to move away from the community she had lived in for decades, leaving behind close friends and her longstanding game of Mahjong, the younger woman decided to learn to play the game properly, so she could play with her grandmother to cheer her up.