The Do-ers

By Anne Cohen

We’re often told what young Jews don’t do. But these 16 impressive Millennials care enough to change the status quo — and aren’t afraid to put their ideals into action.Read More

Kiev Is Full of Hope — Yes, Even for Jews

By David E. Fishman

With so much doom-and-gloom about Ukraine, David Fishman was surprised to find that life in Kiev is vibrant these days — yes, even for Jews.Read More

Rabbis Return to Florida Civil Rights Battleground as Heroes

By Dina Weinstein

When Rabbi Richard Levy came to St. Augustine, Fla., 50 years ago, he endured taunts from segregationists armed with broken bottles and bricks. He returned as a hero.Read More

Jewish Wedding Symbolizes Revival in Poland City of Wroclaw

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

When Katka Reszke and Slawomir Grunberg tied the knot at the historic White Stork synagogue in this southwestern Polish city, they were determined that the occasion would be more than just a wedding.Read More

'Yiddishland' Brings Diverse Group Together for Language and Culture

By Andrew Brownstein

‘Trip to Yiddishland’ brings together a diverse group for an annual retreat. It’s an immersive experience of language and culture, attracting native speakers and raw beginners.Read More

New York's Gay Pride Weekend Bigger — and Jewier — Than Ever

By Brian Schaefer

New York’s pride weekend is the LGBT community’s signature event. The Jewish component gets bigger every year — with pioneering groups and shuls leading the way.Read More

Leo Melamed Retraces Path of Escape From Nazis to Japanese Port

By Nathan Guttman

Leo Melamed still remembers the palpable relief he felt when he walked ashore after escaping the Nazis as a child. He’s making an emotional return to the place where he landed: Japan.Read More

Orthodox Day School Upset at Raunchy 12-Year-Old Comic Josh Orlian

By Miriam Moster

Josh Orlian cracked up the judges on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ But his Orthodox day school in suburban Westchester County, N.Y., isn’t laughing.Read More

More Than Half of NYC Holocaust Survivors Living in Poverty Despite Reparations

By Yardain Amron

As the Claims Conference gathers to meet in New York, thousands of aging American Holocaust survivors under its charge are living in poverty. What is to be done?Read More

Why Ashkenazi Jews Are Not Descended From Khazars — and What It Means

By Ofer Aderet

Are today’s Ashkenazi Jews descended from a central Asian people called the Khazars? A historian says no — and explains why that matters in the ‘are Jews a race?’ debate.Read More

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