In 1996, Asher Abramovitz, the longtime principal of Kinneret Day School, a non-denominational community school in Riverdale, New York, received an unusual proposition: Aaron Frank, the 27 year-old assistant rabbi of a local Orthodox synagogue, offered to meet weekly with the school’s mostly non-observant eighth graders to chat about Jewish ethics and philosophy, a sort of Judaism 101.
In ‘Son of Saul,’ which has nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, Geza Rohrig plays a member of the Sonderkommando. The Orthodox actor talks about his encounter with one of the last remaining members of those units in the Nazi death camps.
It looked like Beth Hamedrash Hagadol of Washington Heights wouldn’t make it to its 100th birthday. But an infusion of new blood has transformed the venerable shul — and others in Manhattan’s northermost tip.
A double wedding for twins? Not so easy if you are Jewish. But two Kansas City sisters did it anyway.
An all-Hebrew performance of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ marked the opening of a two-week festival aiming to raise the profile of the Hebrew language in North America.
Aliza Augustine and Janet R. Kirchheimer grew up hearing stories about the Holocaust from family members. Today the two women share those stories through photography, poetry and film.
Plans to erect a monument to Righteous Gentiles next to the newly dedicated Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews is evoking a growing anger – not only in Poland, but abroad as well.
Iconic Polish resistance leader Jan Karski is honored at the just-opened Jewish history museum in Warsaw. So why do his relatives accuse the museum of snubbing them?
Rabbi Ysoscher Katz grew up among the ultra-Orthodox Satmar Jews. He now serves as a leader of a progressive synagogue that allows women to lead some prayers.
Shiva used to be a strictly choreographed week of mourning. Many families now wrap things up in three days, with catered deli food, some smiles and little solemn prayer.