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Alabama Synagogue Survives Long Decline for Jews in Deep South

By Sarah Erdreich

The Jewish community in Selma, Ala., has seen a steady decline, mirroring a general downturn across the Deep South. One family returned to see how the local temple is holding up.Read More


Jewish Waiter Beaten for Praising Adolf Hitler on Bronx Corner

By Eddy Portnoy

Seventy-five years ago, a Bronx Jew was beaten for praising the Nazis. In 1963, a rabbinical organization urged prayers for Soviet Jews.Read More


Father Arrested on Bigamy Charge

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, the son of an immigrant in New York City turned his father in for bigamy; 25 years later Nazis prepared to take over Czechoslovakian Sudetenland.Read More


Yom Kippur's Big Ask: Forgiveness

By Lenore Skenazy

Apologies not only reopen doors, they let the sunshine in. Before Yom Kippur, Lenore Skenazy talked to people about the most important apology they gave or received.Read More


Judith Levy's Best-Selling Series Inspires Grandparents to Record Life Stories

By Renee Ghert-Zand

‘Grandmother Remembers’ is essentially ‘a baby book backwards’. It’s filled with prompts to help a grandmother put down her memories on paper for posterity.Read More


Peddler Bound, Gagged and Robbed of $21 in Alphabet City

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, a New York peddler was robbed of $21 by a man pretending to sell him clothes. In 1963, ultra-Orthodox students attacked Catholic schools in Israel.Read More


The Great Shtibl Revival of Hungary

By Eric Marx

A house in Budapest is at the center of a burgeoning global network of ‘little room’ synagogues. They appeal to unaffiliated Jews who may stay away from organized shuls.Read More


Laurel Bellows Is Above the Law

By Meredith Mandell

It’s been a whirlwind year for Laurel Bellows. As president of the American Bar Association, she led the 400,000-strong group through culture wars over guns and government snooping.Read More


Yelena Goltsman Pushes for Gay Rights Boycott of Russia's Olympics

By Michael Kaminer

Yelena Goltsman has become one of the most prominent voices calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics to protest Russia’s new anti-gay laws.Read More


Does Zionism Have a Future With Jews?

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, the Forverts decried the state of Zionism and pondered if it had a future. Muslim clerics called for peace in wartorn Palestine 25 years later.Read More





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