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The Voodoo That Jews Do

By Sigal Samuel and Anne Cohen

The Tree of Life, the lost books of Moses and a healthy dose of neurosis — Judaism or Louisiana voodoo? We travel to New Orleans to find the secret connections between the faiths.Read More


Searching for Amenia, New York's Lost Jewish Vacationland

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Once upon a time, a lake disappeared in Amenia — along with everything else. Josh Nathan-Kazis travels to upstate New York in search of a lost Jewish vacationland.Read More


Of Egg Creams, Ed Koch and 49 Other Facts You Didn't Know About Jewish New York

By Laila Caron

Did you know that Al Jolson worked as a singing waiter — or how many pushcart vendors were in New York in 1930? We help test your Jewish Big Apple knowledge.Read More


Chabad Lawyer Mediates Between Inuit Tribes in Alaska — and Keeps Kosher

By Geoff Kirsch

In the remote villages of rural Alaska, Judge David Avraham Voluck navigates the world of Alaskan tribal law while trying to keep kosher in a land of whale, seal, shellfish and caribou.Read More


8 Facts About Jewish Alaska

By Gabe Friedman

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10 Facts About Jewish California

By Gabe Friedman

California had 1,223,640 Jews in 2012. This is the second highest number of Jews in the country (only behind New York) and 18% of the entire Jewish population in the U.S.Read More


How Iranian Jews Shaped Modern Los Angeles

By Gina Nahai

Gina Nahai explains how a massive influx of Iranian Jews 35 years ago changed Los Angeles forever — and made the Ashkenazi establishment anything but happy.Read More


Son of Henry Roth Recalls Growing Up in Exile in Maine

By Hugh Roth

Hugh Roth is the younger son of ‘Call It Sleep’ author Henry Roth. His memoir, with never-before seen photos, describes growing up in Maine with gifted, if displaced, parents.Read More


8 Facts About Jewish Missouri

By Rachel Delia Benaim

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The Foodlums of Connecticut

By Johnna Kaplan

Connecticut is home to a surprising number of Jewish farms, foodies — and a whisky company. Our secret Jewish history of farming in the state explains why.Read More


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