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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


A (Mixed) Blessing on My Jewish Head

By Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

The nuns were always blessing Nancy Kalikow Maxwell when she worked at a Catholic college. But it took a colleague’s casual ‘have a blessed day’ to really get under her skin.Read More


Wayward Husband Returns to Kill Ex-Wife in Shocking Murder-Suicide

By Eddy Portnoy

Morris Rosenthal fell in love with another woman, and left his wife, Bessie, and kids to move in with his new love. When that didn’t work out he returned, bent on violenceRead More


Caryl Stern Believes in Zero

By Miriam Berger

Caryl Stern’s new book chronicles her mission to help eliminate child mortality. The UNICEF leader stresses that it’s a privilege, not a burden, to speak for the world’s most vulnerable.Read More


War Games Depict History of Israel and Challenge Players To Win Conflict

By Michael Peck

It is October 1973, and Israel is in mortal danger — what are you going to do? War games put you in the shoes of the commanders and offer the chance to rewrite history.Read More


East Harlem Synagogue Collapse Causes Mayhem on Rosh Hashanah

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, a women’s gallery collapsed in a New York synagogue, causing panic and carnage. 25 years later 21 Jews were brutally murdered in a terrorist attack in Tiberias.Read More


Searching for Uncle a Family Lost to Willowbrook

By Sarah Erdreich

Sarah Erdreich’s family never talked about a mentally ill child who was sent away to the infamous Willowbrook facility. She vowed to make him part of the family again.Read More


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





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