Our Promised Lands

When 'Klinghoffer' Played the Heartland

By Hody Nemes

‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ has ignited a divisive firestorm in New York. But a production in St. Louis helped bring communities together, Hody Nemes reports.Read More

The Minivan Rabbi of Mississippi

By Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel

Most rabbis wait for Jews to come to them. Rabbi Jeremy Simons goes to them, roving across Dixie to 110 congregations in his battered Dodge minivan.Read More

What Has Become of the Historic Synagogues of Indiana?

By Wendy Soltz

Here is the history behind four of Indiana’s historic synagogues.Read More

Iowa's Fields of Midwestern Jewish Dreams

By Stephen G. Bloom

Synagogues in rural Iowa are few and far between. But if you happen to stumble upon one, you might be surprised at what you find.Read More

Slaves of Charleston

By Susanna Ashton

How did Mordecai Cohen, a 19th-century Jewish slave owner who is commemorated to this day, become entangled in Charleston’s most brutal trade?Read More

How Elvis Presley Missed His True Calling — As a Cantor

By Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel

Elvis famously never learned to read music. But according to his former Jewish neighbors, he did benefit from early exposure to the masters — of cantorial music.Read More

6 Surprising Facts About Jewish Utah

By Gabe Friedman and Rachel X. Landes

From Anne Frank to Roseanne Barr to Christian supporters of the tribe, here are six facts you didn’t know about Jewish Utah.Read More

When We Marched Together in Selma

By S. L. Wisenberg

With the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday approaching next spring, a new coalition is bringing together African Americans, Jews and others for progressive change.Read More

You Can Pay Jews To Live in Dothan, Alabama. But Will They Stay?

By Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel

In 2008, the dwindling Jewish community of Dothan, Alabama, launched a $1 million relocation program to attract members. Eight families have made the jump. The question is, will they stay?Read More

A Peach of a Synagogue

By Lauren Davidson

You might not think of a nearly 300-year-old Sephardic synagogue as the top tourist destination in a state. Unless you’re talking about Georgia and Savannah’s Mickve Israel, that is.Read More

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