By Leah Falk
The Liqueur-Making Jews of Curacao
JTA — The oldest continually active Jewish congregation in the Americas? Hint: Check your margarita glass. Congregation Mikve Israel Emmanuel in Curacao, home of the liqueur of the same name, holds the honor, having served the island’s Jewish community since roughly 1654. The wheels of the community were put in motion by Jaoa d’Yllan, a…
Song of ‘Ourselves’
This hour I tell things in confidence, I might not tell everybody, but I will tell you. — Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” In high school, I often made off with my mother’s copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” The 1998 edition, on whose cover women bore protest signs and status-quo-bashing smiles, made quite a pair…
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