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Hungary Designer Has a Little Dreidel (and a Menorah)

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

Hungary Designer Has a Little Dreidel (and a Menorah)
A Hungarian Jewish startup has an avant-garde approach to making menorahs and dreidels. Next up: modernist mezuzas and Seder plates.Read More


Actor Quits Milan Jewish Community Over Israel

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

Actor Quits Milan Jewish Community Over Israel
(JTA) — Since the 1980s the Italian Jewish actor Moni Ovadia has garnered a popular following with stage productions and cabaret acts largely based on Yiddish, klezmer music and Jewish jokes and legends.Read More


Putting Florence's Jewish History Into the Spotlight

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

Putting Florence's Jewish History Into the Spotlight
The Jewish history of Florence remains largely unknown to most Italians and tourists alike. Leaders want to change that, starting with its magnificent Moorish synagogue.Read More


When Lou Reed Partied at My Place

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

When Lou Reed Partied at My Place
(JTA) — Lou Reed’s death on Sunday has made me think not just of his music but of his life, and specifically about when his life and mine briefly intersected, back when my brother Frank and I entertained him at our parents’ Philadelphia home, unbeknownst to mom and dad.Read More


Pope Francis Urges Vigilance on Anti-Semitism as Anniversary of Rome Deportations Looms

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

Pope Francis Urges Vigilance on Anti-Semitism as Anniversary of Rome Deportations Looms
Pope Francis urged vigilance against any resurgence of anti-Semitism ahead of the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Rome’s Jews to Auschwitz.Read More






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