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Lessons of Nepal

By Stuart Schoffman

Young Israeli volunteers go to Nepal to help improve lives in a country far away. They take back something even more precious: inspiration to create a more just society at home.Read More


My Brighton Beach

By Samantha Shokin

Russians don’t speak highly of Brighton Beach, the seaside enclave in Brooklyn where Samantha Shokin spent many of her formative years.Read More


My Race Through Walls in Palestine Marathon

By Tania Haas

Tania Hass had never visited the West Bank nor seen the Israeli separation barrier before. Running a marathon opened her eyes to life for Palestinians, even for a few breathless hours.Read More


Orthodox Singers Find Creative Voice by Performing for Other Women Only

By Leeor Bronis

A women’s only open-mic night in Brooklyn provides a creative outlet for women who observe kol isha. But some still find the restrictions creatively shackling.Read More


A Visit To Germany Reawakens Fears of an Ultra-Orthodox Childhood

By Leah Vincent

Leah Vincent thought she had left her childhood fears of the Holocaust behind for good. A trip to Germany showed her how wrong she was.Read More


His Hasidic Toy Story

By Kristen Clark

Wise Buys toyshop caters to children in Hasidic Brooklyn. Owner Sam Lipschitz hopes the store’s mascot will help him become the first ultra-Orthodox household brand name.Read More


The Hardware Store Synagogue

By Mary Ann Sternberg

The small town of Donaldsonville, La., once boasted the only synagogue between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The last Jew died in 2004 — and the shul is now a hardware store.Read More


How Hungarian Sisters Outwitted the Nazis To Create Haven for Jews

By Susan J. Gordon

70 years after the Nazi occupation of Budapest, Susan J. Gordon retraces her family’s harrowing escape from Hungary — and the heroism of those who helped.Read More


Lifeline for American Soldiers Is Made in Israel

By Jared T. Miller

A new suicide helpline serves hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans. It’s modeled on an Israeli program — and starts by asking the simplest of questions.Read More


Our Month With the Lemba, Zimbabwe's Jewish Tribe

By Irwin and Elaine Berg

Zimbabwe’s Lemba people claim ancient Jewish roots and customs. An American couple journeyed to southern Africa to impart some of our traditions.Read More





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