Our Promised Lands

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

Feeling at Home on the Range in Jewish Wyoming

By Linda Zeveloff

Wyoming still maintains its frontier feel. Linda Zeveloff writes about her personal hurdles as she adjusted to Jewish life in the Western state.Read More

A New Jersey Tale of Two Alfred Doblins — and One Umlaut

By Allan M. Jalon

Weimar era novelist Alfred Doblin is little appreciated outside literary circles. His strange connection to New Jersey’s Bridgegate scandal lands him a spot in Our Promised Lands series.Read More

Actually, Toto, We Are Still In Kansas

By Sophie Unterman

Mission Hills is a privileged Kansas community complete with choice of country clubs. Sophie Unterman writes about growing up a misfit there in the latest of Our Promised Lands series.Read More

The Women Rabbis Of New Mexico

By Ri J. Turner

New Mexico is home to several trailblazing rabbis and has become a breeding ground for female spiritual leaders. We visit as part of Our Promised Land series of all 50 states.Read More

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