There is no knowing who or where I would be today if not for an encounter with a Jewish girl from Cairo in a Brooklyn high school.
They came from a collapsing Ottoman Empire and wound up in verdant Oregon. Sephardic Jews built a small community that in some ways replicated the Mediterranean life they left behind.
The 20,000 Jews living in this Midwestern city represent a statistical blip in the American Jewish population, but the community registered the equivalent of a 6 on the Richter scale last week in Jerusalem at an international gathering of communal leaders.Kansas City sent a 114-person delegation to the United Jewish Communities General
Allegra Tevet, like so many others, could not take the strange, hot, fall-afternoon sun this past Sunday.So my 81-year-old mother-in-law sat in the shade of a cavernous white tent as she looked up at a big video screen at Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel speaking from the plaza outside of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.He was addressing