Gal Beckerman


The Death of a Soviet Jewry Prophet

By Gal Beckerman

The Death of a Soviet Jewry Prophet
Yaakov Birnbaum, the father of the movement to save Soviet Jewry, has died. Gal Beckerman looks back at the man who imagined the emigration of millions.Read More


Sochi's Olympic Games Are a Missed Opportunity

By Gal Beckerman

An activist wearing a mask of Russian President Vladimir Putin joins protesters on the opening day of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. / Getty Images Read More


Disillusioned on Capitol Hill

By Gal Beckerman

Disillusioned on Capitol Hill
Invited to testify before Congress about human rights, Gal Beckerman eagerly accepted. But what he found on Capitol Hill made him question if anyone really cares.Read More


Why Gary Shteyngart Remains His Own Best Creation

By Gal Beckerman

Why Gary Shteyngart Remains His Own Best Creation
Gary Shteyngart learned the secret of coping with anxiety early: Make other people laugh. The lesson serves him well in his brand new memoir, ‘Little Failure,’ Gal Beckerman writes.Read More


Pulling Back Curtain on Story of Anti-Semitism in Upstate New York Pine Bush Schools

By Gal Beckerman

Pulling Back Curtain on Story of Anti-Semitism in Upstate New York Pine Bush Schools
The anti-Semitism that dogged Jewish students in Pine Bush, N.Y. is as disturbing as it gets. But does the story say something important about America — or just one small town?Read More






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  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
  • Getting ready for Seder? Chag Sameach! http://jd.fo/q3LO2
  • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
  • Aperitif Cocktail, Tequila Shot, Tom Collins or Vodka Soda — Which son do you relate to?
  • Elvis craved bacon on tour. Michael Jackson craved matzo ball soup. We've got the recipe.
  • This is the face of hatred.
  • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
  • BREAKING: Smirking killer singled out Jews for death in suburban Kansas City rampage. 3 die in bloody rampage at JCC and retirement home.
  • Real exodus? For Mimi Minsky, it's screaming kids and demanding hubby on way down to Miami, not matzo in the desert.
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