Alanna E. Cooper
By Alanna E. Cooper
Future in question for Chicago Loop Synagogue and its monumental stained-glass window
CHICAGO (JTA) — Just three stories high and hemmed into a small 5,000-square-foot lot, the building at 16 S. Clark St. is a small jewel box situated amid this city’s dense urban fabric. Exuding an aura of cool simplicity, the structure’s facade is composed of glass, metal and concrete planes. Its name is etched in…
When An Old Synagogue Downsizes, What Do You Do With All Its Stuff?
ERIE, Pa. (JTA) — There was some debate about putting the old synagogue up for sale and moving to a new, smaller building, but not much. In 2012, a major pipe burst at Temple Anshe Hesed, and the cost of repairing the nearly century-old building convinced the small but resilient congregation that it was time…
Muslim Couple Preserves Remnants of Jewish Life in Uzbekistan
As the sun set over Bukhara, Uzbekistan on a recent Friday evening, I joined the local community in welcoming the Sabbath. This was my first time back to the historic spot on the Silk Road since I first visited in the 1990s. At that time, Uzbekistan had just gained independence in the wake of the…
Jews of Bukhara Helped Me To Understand Personal History
I don’t remember the name of the man who sold the dictionary to me. He was one of the many people I met in the 1990s who was getting rid of his belongings in advance of his migration from Bukhara. He invited me to his home and showed me the small stack of books on…
‘Whose religious freedom?’: Scenes from a Jewish rally for abortion rights
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99 years ago, she was born on the Lower East Side (and she still remembers everything)
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The Buffalo shooter blamed his problems on the Jews. Tucker Carlson’s response will only make things worse
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