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Counter-Culture Spirit Lives as Boston's Havurah Shalom Hits Middle Age

By Anthony Weiss

Havurat Shalom is closing in on 50. Even in middle age, the bastion of Jewish counter-culture is still trying to reinvent itself — and infuse the entire community with its ideals.Read More


My Gaza Memories

By Chana Pollack

Three decades ago, Chana Pollack was a young Israeli officer assigned to work in the occupied Gaza Strip. She recalls the gritty streets — and enduring humanity of the people.Read More


Taxonomy of the Sheitel

By Frimet Goldberger

Everything you ever wanted to know about religious Jewish wigs, but were too afraid to ask. Frimet Goldberger breaks down what each wig means for the woman who wears it.Read More


The Doula Extraordinaire of Crown Heights

By Chaya Bar-Chaim

Rochel Vail has helped birth more than 2,000 babies. No wonder she didn’t blink an eyelid at helping a woman give birth in an upstate New York rest stop bathroom.Read More


The Land of Milk, Honey and Marlboro Reds

By Avital Norman Nathman

Avital Norman Nathman smoked her first cigarette in Israel. When she returned years later with her son, its culture of puffing seemed way less glamorous.Read More


Hasidic in the Heat

By Lenore Skenazy

To the rest of the world, Hasidic clothing looks unbearably hot. But does focusing on someone else’s discomfort reflect our own discomfort with religious dress?Read More


My Time at Satmar Summer Camp

By Frimet Goldberger

Frimet Goldberger fondly looks back at summers spent at New York’s first camp for Satmar girls. Competition for neatest bunk was fierce — and girl crushes were common.Read More


Jennifer Weiner Questions Genre and Gender in the Literary World

By Margaret Eby

Jennifer Weiner is known as a best-selling author of fiction aimed at women. But what keeps her up at night is how the literary establishment pigeonholes writers by genre and gender.Read More


Secrets of My Mother's Jewelry Box

By Candy Schulman

When her mother died, Candy Shulman inherited a safety deposit box. Inside, she found her mother’s most precious belongings — and some deep revelations.Read More


Yiddish Tomes Go Digital With DIY Scanner

By Jon Kalish

When the National Yiddish Book Center got a new scanner to digitize old books, it needed hardware that could deal with fragile print and technology-averse users.Read More


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