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Six postage stamps honoring five U.S. presidents: FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, Washington, JFK, Lincoln, and Washington

American Jewish leaders used to insist that there is no such thing as “Jewish politics,” but their actions tell a quite different story.

Jonathan D. Sarna
Fiddler on the Roof Yiddish

You don’t have to know mamalushen (the mother tongue) to enjoy the hit musical Fidler Afn Dakh, but getting the tam (flavor) of few words will enhance your experience.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
A scene from the jazz opera, Dear Erich

Jazz pianist and composer Ted Rosenthal conceived Dear Erich from 200 letters, written mostly by his grandmother, trapped in Nazi Germany, to his father, safe in America.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Star of David on wrought iron gate leading to old cemetery

The 25th anniversary re-release of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List has reignited criticism as well as praise for the Oscar-winning film.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Dancing scene from Fiddler on the Roof

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s (People’s Stage) Yiddish version of Fiddler on the Roof is now playing to full houses and standing ovations in New York City.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Shards of broken glass

Today Jews will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass), the first large-scale attack on German Jews in the Third Reich.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Shadow of sepia-tone WWI soldier against a background of a map of Europe

November 11 marks the centennial of the end of WW I. Leaders on both sides invoked God and religion as they sent more than 5.5 million soldiers to in battle. 

Rabbi A. James Rudin
Group of people gathered at a gravesite in a cemetery

In the wake of the murder of 11 Jews at prayer, congregations and communities have gathered in sanctuaries and in parks and on street corners to mourn the victims.

Rabbi Audrey R. Korotkin, Ph.D.
Still from the film featuring Waldheim appearing on Austrian national TV

Ruth Beckermann’s new film is a persuasive accounting of the life and political career of Kurt Josef Waldheim, laying bare the revelations about his World War II military service.

Wes Hopper
Hand holding a test tube containing a DNA sample

There’s nothing like a scheduled, non-funeral visit to old graves to get you thinking about Jewish journeys – where we have come from and, perhaps, where we are going.

Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach

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