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How Jews Celebrate Christmas

Let’s talk about how Jews are celebrating Christmas. From donning a Santa suit to hanging homemade stockings, it’s a very Forward Yuletide podcast.Read More


Who Made What in the Jewish Community?

THIS WEEK: With the release of our annual salary survey of major Jewish organizations, we discuss what the numbers mean and how we collected them.Read More


How the Forward Survived Sandy, Israeli Elections

THIS WEEK: Hear how the Forward is recovering after our building was flooded during Hurricane Sandy and what to expect from upcoming elections in Israel.Read More


Living With Two Identities

By Jon Kalish

Producer Jon Kalish talks with four gay Orthodox Jews. The men and women discuss the effort to merge their two conflicting identities, despite the theological taboo.Read More


The Ruins of Jewish Brownsville

By Jon Kalish

Brownsville has a reputation as a rough Brooklyn neighborhood, but in the 1950s the community was home to Jewish family and many vibrant Jewish businesses.Read More


Disenchanted Jewish Voters, Eli Valley's Science Experiment

This Week: Eli Valley’s latest horrifying Halloween comic. Understanding Jewish undecided voters. Why are Jewish voters in swing states so disenchanted?Read More


America's Blood Libel, Vegas Voters, Debate Tweetin'

This Week: Remembering America’s only blood libel case. Sheldon Adelson and Nevada’s Jews. Does instant reaction on Twitter harm political discourse?Read More


Black Bar Mitzvahs, Veep Debate, Israel Votes

Why Benjamin Netanyahu called early elections in Israel. Our take on the vice presidential debate. Rap star Rick Ross’s new album ‘The Black Bar Mitzvah.’Read More


Massacres, Riots and Shagging

Forward Managing Editor Dan Friedman talks with award-winning author Naomi Alderman about her new novel set in Roman-occupied Judea.Read More


Debate Watching in Florida; Federal Funds for Religious Colleges; Babs in Brooklyn

This week: South Florida Jews watch the Presidential debate and yell at the TV; how some religious colleges are getting federal funds for their courses; Barbra Streisand’s Brooklyn.Read More





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