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The birth of ‘Jersey Boys,’ thanks to two New York Jewish guys
As unlikely as it was for a group of guys from the New Jersey projects — who were affiliated with mobsters and occasionally incarcerated — to rise to the top of the 1960s pop charts, what may be ev...
Sep 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rugelach roundtable: Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?
Rugelach (singular: rugala) are a beloved traditional Jewish pastry, with a quirky history to boot, but they often present a kosher conundrum. Though pareve, rugelach are often a preferred dessert ...
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in 140 characters or less?
Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a parti...
Sep 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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A hero disgraced: The story of archives saved, stolen and dispersed
Self-taught historian Szajko Frydman gained fame among scholars for his achievements in preserving history from Europe’s lost Jewish world, but his obsessive zeal and need for income led him to dis...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Book review: A ‘rational’ loss of faith is compounded by rejection, disgrace
by Neal Gendler
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Shulem Deen’s journey from Skverer Hasid to Brooklyn unbeliever is a fascinating, disturbing memoir of loss — loss of faith, family and a once-certain future. His former community, taught not to qu...
Gold on the Galilee: Israeli kayaker comes of age, eyes Olympics
by Orit Arfa, JNS.org
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Three years ago, kayaking coach Roei Lev found aspiring Olympian Ilya Podpolnyy crying on the steps of the Jordan Valley Sprint Kayak Club overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Podpolnyy, then...
London benefactor grooming tennis champs in Israel — and he has a prized pupil
by Howard Blas, JTA
Apr 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Can Yishai Oliel become Israel’s version of tennis champion Novak Djokovic? London businessman David Coffer is hoping the Ramle teenager can someday join such heady company — and he’s backing up hi...
Free-spending Marlins? Sabbath-observing exec says it makes sense
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
MIAMI — For Joel Mael, the Shabbat-observing vice chairman of the Miami Marlins, the team’s free spending in the offseason was wise from a financial perspective. Signing Giancarlo Stanton, 25, to a...
Book Review A triumph of decency in a French Huguenot village
by Neal Gendler
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
Books and an acclaimed documentary film have made the French Huguenot village of Le Chambon and Pastor André Trocmé well known for sheltering Jews from the Nazis and their Vichy France collaborator...
Diversity takes a starring role at JFilm festival
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
JFilm will open its 22nd annual festival on April 16 with the Pittsburgh premiere of “The Last Mentsch,” a whimsical film about a Holocaust survivor coming to terms with his past, and will continue...
Ayelet Tsabari’s award-winning stories reflect Yemenite background, global outlook
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Ayelet Tsabari acted as a child and teen, appearing in Habima’s youth performances in Israel, a commercial and some student films. Although Tsabari no longer acts, the author of the award-winning “...
The story of Jewish terrorism in its ‘war of national liberation’
by Neal Gendler
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
After reading Bruce Hoffman’s history of how Jewish terrorism drove Britain from its Palestine Mandate, it’s interesting to consider whether freer Jewish immigration might have prevented or lessene...
Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews
by Beth Kissileff, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his relatio...
Lower East Side candy king holds firm against changing neighborhood
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen, JTA
Apr 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Walking into Economy Candy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it’s hard to know where to look first. To the foil-clad chocolate rabbits standing sentinel atop sacks of chocolate eggs? The s...