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Well worn cover of cookbook: Crisco Recipes for the Jewish Housewife

I have always been the cook in our family and during the last two years, I’ve started to branch out into baking.

Rabbi Anthony Fratello
A family of three smiling women and one man stand together in front of a stone wall

What does it mean to be part of a global Jewish community? For many of us, the concept can be difficult to truly grasp.

Sharon Mann
Birthright participants atop Masada at sunrise

I’m a millennial and like others in my generation, my Jewish upbringing consisted of summer camp, religious school, youth group events, and celebrating Jewish holidays – until I finished the progra

Rebecca Bigman

I had never seen a challah until I first came to America in 1961, but once I disco

Rabbi Rifat Sonsino
Black and white image of Israeli soldiers in a tank approaching the Dome on the Rock in Jerusalem on June 7 1967

The three paratroopers casting eyes upward at the Western Wall. The troops reveling in the waters of the Suez Canal.

Ron Kampeas (JTA)
Colorful and intricate stained glass window depicting Moses holding the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments

It would be rare today to visit a synagogue and not see a visual portrayal of the two rounded tablets of the law.

Jenna Weissman Joselit
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
Jerusalem stone columns, each topped by a waving Israeli flag

It is not in the heavens… Neither is it beyond the sea… No, the thing is very close to you.
Deuteronomy 30:12-14

Binyamin Minich
Old gravestone with Hebrew lettering

“I knew your father, of blessed memory, in Bendin,” the elderly man informed me in the midst of a bar mitzvah party.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Barbed wire fence in front of Majdanek concentration camp on a sunny day

From Anne Frank's diary to Elie Wiesel's Night, books about the Holocaust remain some of the most powerful and well-known pieces of literature published in the past century.

Josefin Dolsten (JTA)

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