For some Jewish day schools, there is no teaching Yiddishkeit without Yiddish. Buoyed by the Yiddish renaissance of the past two decades, which has produced an increased interest in university Yiddish programs, a renewed interest in Yiddish theater and even the advent of Yiddish heavy metal bands, these schools have held steadfast to their Yiddishist roots and missions.Read More
In late June, the National Yiddish Theatre — Folksbiene announced that Bryna Wasserman, formerly the head of Montreal’s Segal Centre for Performing Arts, will take over as executive director, joining the Folksbiene’s artistic director Zalmen Mlotek. The appointment comes as the Folksbiene finishes its 96th season and begins preparations for its 100th anniversary, in 2015.Read More
A former yeshiva student in New Square weighs in on what’s behind the recent attempted firebombing that left a dissident member of the community with severe burns on more than half of his body.Read More
Mohel Scissorhands? Would you let Johnny Depp circumcise your kids?
Alan Gross knew he was breaking the law and endangered the lives of Cubans and Americans alike, John Stoehr writes. So why is he being treated as a guest of honor?
The Spielbergs aren't the only movie-making siblings in #Hollywood! Here are 12 of the most influential ones. Who's your favorite filmmaking duo?
Ze'eva Cohen learned to dance growing up a lonely child in Tel Aviv. Now she looks back at a soaring career as a pioneer of Israeli modern dance in the U.S.
JTS will be selling development rights at its historic Upper West Side property. The funds will go to build a new library and conference center. http://jd.fo/t7KTp
German women were at the heart of the Nazi ideology. After all, she was seen as the gatekeeper to keeping the Aryan race pure, as a shocking new exhibit details.
Should Jews have to pay reparations for slavery?
The 13th Amendment that abolished slavery passed exactly 150 years ago tomorrow. Richard Kreitner examines the Jewish record on abolition — and finds it deeply problematic.
Chelsea Handler goes topless in Israel for Mideast peace. Is it a brilliant move or a crazy provocation, or both?
Nancy Spielberg is often overshadowed by her famous brother, but the producer has an impressive string of credits to her name, including a new documentary about the Israeli Air Force.
Lynn Davidman’s "Becoming Un-Orthodox" offers a framework for studying ex-Orthodox Jews.
Why do they go "off the path" — and how?
Ruby Namdar has won the Sapir Prize for his novel 'The Ruined House.' He speaks to the Forward about living in English but writing in Hebrew.
Stop everything! Israel's Wix just won the #Superbowl ad war with this hilarious ad featuring former Green Bay Packer Brett Favre!
The anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation focused on the Jewish Holocaust. But many Poles resent the focus on Jewish suffering as an overemphasis. Which is why local members of a Polish nationalist group erected a cross near Auschwitz.
Did you hear the one about the Orthodox synagogue located between a rehab center and an erotic lingerie shop? Its rabbi, Eliyahu Fink, was named one of our Most Inspiring Rabbis of 2014.
Who should be on this year’s list? Fill out the form and nominate a rabbi who inspires your community: http://jd.fo/d71T9