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A Year After Sandy, Brighton Beach Struggles To Get Back on Feet

By Lisa Amand

Hurricane Sandy teamed up with a wobbly economy to devastate Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. Even a year later, the Jewish neighborhood is struggling to get back on its feet.Read More


Jewish Pimp From Brownsville Faces Long Arm of Justice

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, jurors deliberated the fate of an accused Jewish pimp. In 1938, New York mourned the death of labor leader Baruch Charney Vladek.Read More


Jewish 'Humans of New York'

By Anna Goldenberg

Brandon Stanton has been taking photographs of people on New York City streets for three years. Some of the most fascinating images are of Jews.Read More


Man Murders Wife, Eats Blintzes

By Eddy Portnoy

Seventy-five years ago, the Forverts reported on a man who murdered his wife and then ordered blintzes at a restaurant; 25 years later, Syrian spies snuck into Israel.Read More


ESPN's Andy Katz Talks College Basketball and Jewish Sports Guys

By Raphael Gellar

ESPN’s college basketball analyst Andy Katz asks President Obama to fill out picks for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament every year.Read More


How Naugahyde Helped Kitchen Chairs Stay in a Jewish Family for Generations

By Leah Garchik

The amazing story of a Jewish family told through a set of kitchen chairs. They outlived births, deaths and cross-country moves — all because of their naugahyde covering.Read More


Lost Lovers Reconnect 70 Years Later After Letters Found on Tel Aviv Street

By Abra Cohen

When Yosef Halper discovered a suitcase full of love letters on a Tel Aviv street, he knew he had to reunite the writers. But after 70 years, how could he find them?Read More


My Return to Forgotten Czech Synagogue

By E. Randol Schoenberg

The head of the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum chronicles his emotional return to the Czech village of his ancestors. Its synagogue, abandoned for a century, is springing back to life.Read More


Sensation Rocks the Leo Frank Murder Trial

By Eddy Portnoy

A would-be witness in the Leo Frank murder trial claimed he was wrongly accused. As the Nazi takeover gathered pace, American Christians pleaded for action.Read More


Debora Spar Says You Can't Have It All

By Deena Shanker

Debora Spar, president of Barnard College, offers a somewhat controversial new lesson for women: Don’t even bother trying to do it all.Read More





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  • This could be the first ancient synagogue mosaic to feature a non-biblical narrative.
  • "Suddenly we heard a siren, but it was very faint. We pulled the kids out of the pool, and then we heard a big boom."
  • Why the bloody onslaught in Gaza is built on politics and lies: Read and share this explosive insight from J.J. Goldberg.
  • The crisis in Israel caught two interns — an Israeli and a Palestinian — far from home. Guess what? They're still friends.
  • The gang's all here!
  • "Neither the 'blood feud' nor the 'honor killing' theory of Abu Khdeir's murder ever made sense — and their manufacture constituted a blood libel against all Palestinians." What do you think?
  • Why hasn't the Zionist Organization of American condemned the revenge killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir?
  • Why recognize an independent Kurdistan now?
  • So. Many. Nazi. Jokes.
  • Once a symbol of peaceful cohabitation, the Jerusalem light rail is now a prime target for violence.
  • "My wife and I are observant Jews who are heartbroken about the fact that both of our children married non-Jews. My daughter married out first, and is now raising non-Jewish children and grandchildren and even celebrates Christmas. As for my son, he is more observant than my daughter, but still a few years ago I found out he was living with a non-Jewish woman for nine years. She is not a stable woman, emotionally or physically, and now she is pregnant and will not convert. I do not visit my children in their homes, but am pleasant when they visit us. My wife says I need to move on and welcome their partners in our home. So where to from here?"
  • These women have encountered unusual mikveh experiences and survived to tell the tale: "Among them are the adventurous vacationer who battles sharks and surfers to dunk in the freezing waters of the Indian Ocean, the mikveh attendant who is an aspiring opera star, and the late night mikveh goer who gets locked inside."
  • The revenge killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir has shaken even those with strong notions about the Mideast. Cartoonist Eli Valley takes a look at one American Jew's crisis of confidence: http://jd.fo/d48ez
  • We caught up with Zach Braff about his new (and Jew-y) movie Wish I Was Here, his own Jewish upbringing and his bar mitzvah theme (Spoiler: Broadway musical theater.) Click on for an exclusive clip from the movie!
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