Before World War II, the city of Stupava was home to a vibrant Jewish community. Now, one man is trying to revive its heritage, including a unique 200-year-old synagogue.
There are more than 10 million Ashkenazis around the world. But new findings show that today’s community is only 600 to 800 years old — and descended from 350 people.
The origin of Yiddish was long thought to be an open-and-shut case for Jewish historians. But serious linguistic and genetic challenges have made it a much tougher call.
The old Jewish quarters are disappearing in Slovakia, and across eastern Europe. With people long since gone, only these places can tell the story of a once-vibrant life.
A museum dedicated to the Red Star Line will open in Antwerp soon. The shipping operation carried more than 2 million people — many of them Jews — to a new life in America.
As their name implies, Slavic Soul Party! updates traditional Eastern European sounds with a festive, contemporary feel. Their instrumental music conjures carnivals and circuses, pep bands and klezmer bands, James Brown and James Bond. Brooklyn music aficionados may know Slavic Soul Party! from their weekly Tuesday gigs at Barbès; uptowners may have caught them at Carnegie Hall. Like Johnny Cash and B.B. King, the band also plays prisons, with a show on November 19 at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and October 5 at Rikers Island.
Imagine a klezmer band where the vocalists rap in English, chant in Arabic, and sing in Spanish and Serbian. That band is Balkan Beat Box, a group led by two Israelis — Ori Kaplan (saxophone) and Tamir Muskat (drums) — who merge traditional Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Eastern European sounds with hip-hop and electronica.