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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


Tattoos Reign in Israel — Jewish Law or No

By Yardena Schwartz

Hamutal Song is never ignored as she walks the streets of Israel with ‘you rock my world’ tattooed on her chest. But she is not as much of a rarity as one might think.Read More


Matchmaker, Matchmaker: Jewish Dating Advice Isn't Far Off From Yenta’s Heyday

By Anne Cohen and Maia Efrem

How to woo a Jew? Experts give tips as they reveal five ways in which dating has — and hasn’t — changed since Yenta hobbled around the shtetl.Read More


'Sexy and Cool' Jewish-Themed Fashion Makes Waves in Staid Poland

By Ofer Aderet

A new Jewish-themed fashion line is putting an edge on Polish style — and ruffling some feathers along the way.Read More


Century-Old Jewish Mural's Hidden History in Vermont

By Samuel D. Gruber

An old apartment building in Vermont seems like an odd place to find a rare Lithuanian synagogue mural. But treasures often turn up where you least expect them.Read More


A Stroll Through Jewish Paris

By Gerald Eskenazi

Gerald Eskenazi had a great idea: Take the whole family to Paris for our 50th anniversary. Even better: Make it a Jewish experience, as well.Read More





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