Abigail Jones


The Not-So-Dirty 'Dirty Dancing' Story

By Abigail Jones

The Not-So-Dirty 'Dirty Dancing' Story
When Eleanor Bergstein was researching the script for ‘Dirty Dancing,’ she turned to hundreds of sources. One of them was dance teacher Jackie Horner.Read More


Rediscovering Beauty Amid Ruins of Once-Glorious Catskills

By Abigail Jones

Rediscovering Beauty Amid Ruins of Once-Glorious Catskills
Jews once flocked to the great hotels of the Catskills. Marisa Scheinfeld has dedicated herself to preserving memories of the Borscht Belt, one stunning photo at a time.Read More


My Journey to Borscht Belt Ruins

By Abigail Jones

My Journey to Borscht Belt Ruins
When I set out to write a story on the Catskills — its famed legacy, its tremendous decline and what the future holds — I knew I wanted to spend a couple of days upstate, talking with locals who witnessed the area in its heyday and seeing what’s left of it for myself.Read More


Terror at the Boston Marathon

By Abigail Jones

Terror at the Boston Marathon
When you grow up in Boston, there are a few things you take as fact: The Red Sox are religion; driving in the breakdown lane is accepted and the Boston Marathon is one of the most celebrated days on the calendar.Read More


Maine Rabbi's Injury Forges Remarkable Partnership Between 2 Branches of Faith

By Abigail Jones

Maine Rabbi's Injury Forges Remarkable Partnership Between 2 Branches of Faith
Rabbi Alice Goldfinger’s head injury changed her life forever. But it led to a remarkable bond with Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld, who allowed her to lead prayers in his Orthodox synagogue.Read More






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