Ben Harris, JTA’s Wandering Jew, is exactly like wandering Jews of centuries past: He carries his belongings, and searches for Jewish communities the world over. But instead using the stars for navigation, Harris has Google Maps. Since last August, Harris, 33, has been on the road almost continuously, visiting Jewish communities as close as Helena, Ark., and as far away as Eastern Europe. Along the way, he has reported, blogged, tweeted and filmed his travels and experiences with all types of Jews. Harris’s next trip will take him — like many wandering Jews before — to Israel. The Forward caught up with Harris on one of his few travel breaks, in Vermont.
They can handle a curveball, a fastball and a matzo ball.
The numbers speak for themselves: There are now 16 Holocaust museums in the United States, from Albuquerque, N.M., to Houston, to Richmond, Va. And these are just the biggest of nearly 150 Holocaust centers all over the country.3
A key proponent of the successful campaign for stricter conversions in Israel and around the world has resigned from a senior post, and has not denied rumors of a conversion scandal of his own.
Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren blamed his own government for giving him an “incomplete” report recently that led to his giving Jewish leaders an inaccurate account of a Conservative woman’s detention at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
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