What’s in a Name? Choosing ‘Rabba’ Over ‘Rav,’ and Why

Kaya Stern-Kaufman is graduating from rabbinical school this spring, but she will not always be called a “rabbi.” Instead, the 47-year-old mother of two will also use the title “rabba,” making her the first woman to specifically choose this Hebrew feminized version of “rabbi” as a preferred moniker.

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In Remote Kyrgyzstan, Jews Secure Ties With Local Elite Amid Political Turmoil

Josh Tapper travels to Kyrgyzstan to report on the precarious situation of the nation’s 1,500 Jewish residents, who have been the target of a series of anti-Semitic incidents during the past year.

Floral Designer Bella Meyer Reminisces About Her Grandfather, Marc Chagall

“I grew up with his paintings around me,” said Bella Meyer, floral designer and founder of the studio Fleurs Bella, describing her grandfather, Marc Chagall. Meyer was among those attending and competing April 12 in The Horticultural Society of New York’s “Flower Show Dinner Dance Showcasing Table Designs,” held at 583 Park Avenue. Paris-born Meyer reminisced about frequent visits to her grandfather in the South of France. “We used to go for walks, talk…. My grandfather spoke Yiddish, Russian and had a funny French-Romanian accent. He [believed in] freedom for the Jews…. He always spoke about ‘my Bella’ [his wife]. She was the only one who truly understood him. The only other person who understood him was his daughter, Ida, my mother.”

In N.Y. Town, Orthodox and Locals Vie for School Control

The battle between a New York Orthodox Jewish community and its neighbors over the local public school system took a drastic turn in late April as the school board’s Orthodox president resigned amid corruption allegations, and a federal official confirmed a civil rights investigation into the district.

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An Aunt’s Legacy Is Erased in Maine

As Annie Schneiderman Valliere drove south from her home in Woolwich, Maine, to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire’s centennial commemoration in New York City, friends began calling her cell phone with disturbing news: Her aunt, activist Rose Schneiderman, was about to be scrubbed from Maine’s labor history.

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