Gabrielle Birkner

8 Things You Might Not Know About French Jews

The deadly terror attacks in Paris have many proclaiming solidarity with French Jews — and others calling on them to leave for Israel. Here’s a primer on the community.

'Serial' Ends With Nod to Jewish Prof

No spoilers here about the “Serial” season finale, but Gabrielle Birkner does say this much: The podcast ends with a special thanks to a certain Jewish studies professor.

As Chabad Gathers, South Dakota Is Only State Missing

Some 4,200 Chabad rabbis from more than 80 countries are gathering this weekend in New York for the annual conference of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries.

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of Adas Israel Comes Out as Gay

Gil Steinlauf, the married senior rabbi at Adas Israel — a large and historic Conservative synagogue in Washington, D.C. — has announced that he is gay.

A Friendship Built on Grief: Emily Rapp (left, with her son Ronan) and Becky Benson (with a picture of her son Elliott) became friends after their children were diagnosed with the fatal Tay Sachs disease.

Two Grieving Mothers, One Friendship

Becky Benson and Emily Rapp both lost a child to Tay Sachs disease. Other than that, they had little in common – until they became each other’s ‘grief mentor.’

In Memoriam: Oralea Marquardt, pictured with her family, holds a photo of her son William, who died of a rare genetic disease in February 2014. She talks about her experiences in a video for the Courageous Parents Network to ease the sense of isolation for other parents.

A Network for Courageous Parents Offers New Views, Advice on Grief

Grieving parents find support and a way to cope with their child’s fatal diagnosis in the Network For Courageous Parents, a new videocentric online resource.

Oval Office: Gerald Ford chats with Sylvia Porter in 1974.

Meet Sylvia Porter, Jewish Creator of the Personal Finance Column

Sylvia Porter created the personal finance column in the ’30s. The Jewish woman advised thousands of readers on how to manage their money — and even presidents.

Making Peace With ‘Who Shall Die?’

For Gabrielle Birkner, the traditional prayer of ‘Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die’ is a painful reminder of her father and stepmother’s murder.

Family History: Randy Yudenfriend-Glaser, the chair of the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium (second from left), and her husband, Jordan, in a family portrait, hold children Jonathan and Lauren who have ML4, a genetic metabolic disease.

Non-Jews Hit by ‘Jewish’ Diseases Fall Through the Cracks of Genetic Screening

Tay-Sachs is probably the best known ‘Jewish’ disease. But the vast majority of babies born with the disease are not Jewish.