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Irving Berlin at the piano surrounded by stars from Alexander's Ragtime Band

From the New York County Clerk Archives of November 16, 1911 – the same year that Alexander’s Ragtime Band was first heard ‘roun

Cantor Joshua Breitzer
Hanukkiah with the Statue of Liberty to hold each candle

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, established by President George W. Bush in 2006.

Kate Bigam
Fantasy forest scene

When I began writing my debut novel, Silent Hall, my only purpose was to tell a good fantasy story, set i

Noah Beit-Aharon
Blond woman from the 1980s with big hair and a colorful sweater with her arms crossed toward the camera

It’s common knowledge at this point that we’re living in the Golden Age of Television, but did you know that we’re also living in the Golden Age of Jewish Mothers on Television?

Marissa Solomon
Promotional still from 13 Reasons Why of a scared teenage girl standing in front of high school lockers

The Torah is filled with horrible stories. Though we paint Noah’s pretty ark on nursery walls with animals two by two, the real story is that of a flood that kills all life on earth.

Dr. Betsy Stone and Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Woman in a white robe with her hair blowing straight across her face as she aims a hairdryer at it

Those of us who have tangled with our Jewish curls owe a debt of gratitude to Rose Evansky, of blessed memory, the inventor of the blow drying technique.

Helene Cohen Bludman
Open book showing a path leading off into a forest

There are few things I remember as well as the stories told to me by so many rabbis, cantors, educators, and teachers throughout my life.

Rabbi Leora Kaye
Baseball and glove sitting on a vibrant green grass field

In baseball, they say time begins on Opening Day, which happened last week. Everyone has a chance for a fresh start. Most of the old familiar names are back, although some have new addresses.

Ron Kaplan (JTA)
Closeup of a womans hands holding a book as she reads on a lawn

You know the story: When the Israelites made their exodus from Egypt, they fled in such haste that they did not have time to grab even some light reading.

Victor Wishna (JTA)

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