It was a Friday night in mid-August, and about a dozen Jews, most under 30, congregated around a coffee table in Nashville.
On the night of Donald Trump’s election victory Karen Goldberg cried. She tried to sleep, but kept waking in starts of disbelief. Then she e-mailed her rabbi and told him that she wanted to get married as soon as possible.
Gábor Vona, who heads Hungary’s far-right party, Jobbik, famously showed up on his first day as a member of Parliament in 2010 wearing the uniform of a banned racist and an anti-Semitic paramilitary group. But sitting in his office overlooking the partially frozen Danube River, Vona was dressed in a simple gray suit for his first-ever interview with a Jewish publication.
Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar wasn’t thinking of just the need to demolish walls between Jews and a surrounding community of non-Jewish Trump Southerners. Unlike the heavily Democratic Jewish communities of the North, where Republicans are as rare as spotted owls, the Democrat/Republican divide in the South cleaves Jewish communities as well.15
A shroud of uncertainty hangs over Wednesday’s meeting when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Donald Trump as president for the first time.
It began with a phone call on a cold winter day in January 1998. The purpose of the call, from a neighboring Mormon bishop I’d never spoken with before, was unusual: He was requesting a minyan.4
Recent news spotlighting plans by neo-Nazis to stage a march in nearby Whitefish, Montana, not far from the Idaho panhandle, may raise an obvious question: Is it safe to be Jewish in Idaho?
If you want to be a communally involved Jew in Idaho, hundreds of miles from any other Jewish community, your options are not just limited; they’re also unique. For one, the round trip to attend Friday night services can be a 100-mile journey.4
Out of 131 settlements in the West Bank, Beit El, a nationalist religious community of about 7,000, is the pet settlement of Trump’s Israel envoy, David Friedman.10
We may think that what happens in our doctor’s office is confidential, but, in reality, our medical secrets fuel a multi-billion-dollar trade in patient information. The leading firm in this opaque data trade is QuintilesIMS, a company founded as IMS in 1954 by an enigmatic German immigrant named Ludwig Wolfgang Frohlich. During his life, Frohlich kept as many secrets as fictional adman Don Draper. Many corners of Frohlich’s life remained hidden for more than half a century – until now.26
We often hear stories about how hard life was for Jews in Russia back in the day. Still, after they passed away, even poor Jews in the Russian Empire got to have gravestones. In America today, though, we can’t afford gravestones anymore — not for everyone. And, in fact, there are Jewish organizations that are preventing people from putting gravestones on their loved ones’ graves.10
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