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The author poses for a smiling photo with his elderly mother
Photo credit: Rose Eichenbaum

This is the third year in row that I’ve interviewed my mother, Adela, a Holocaust survivor, for Mother’s Day. In our 2018 and 2019 interviews, she revealed memories that she’d previously kept to herself, like the last time she saw her own mother. 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Screenshot of a Zoom call featuring three teenagers and one elderly man

To close out this year's observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Reform Jewish teen leaders spoke with Holocaust survivor Ralph Rehbock to hear his story and talk about finding hope in times of darkness. 

Kate Kaput
Closeup of the hands of an elderly woman holding a small bouquet of yellow wildflowers

In this time of COVID-19, my mother will likely spend her upcoming 100th birthday sheltering at home with her caregiver.  I asked her how this tsura (tragedy) is different from the time of Hitler.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Still image from the film Resistance showing Jesse Eisenberg as Marcel Marceau engaging with a group of children

We spoke with director Jonathan Jakubowicz, a Venezuelan Jew of Polish descent, to learn more about the film Resistance and his vision of hope for the Jewish people.

Chris Harrison
Arbeit Macht Frei sign at the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Learn what author and historian Dr. Rafael Medoff thinks about FDR’s failure to rescue Jews from World War II Europe.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
The author's father, with bowling ball, and his bowling team in Harrisburg, PA

My father became a birthright citizen quite by accident, and without it, I wouldn’t be here. I don’t mean I wouldn’t be in the U.S.; I probably wouldn’t exist at all.

Rosanne Ullman
The author in a scene from her one-woman show, "Bubby's Kitchen"

As the granddaughter of two remarkable partisan resistance fighters, I often wonder if who I am is enough and whether or not I am living up to my truest self. 

Cantor Shira Ginsburg
Pegs in a wooden board connected by white thread

In the year since the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, I’ve been thinking about the antisemitic thread that runs through the tragedy.

Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein
Members of the Women's Rabbinic Network at a museum exhibit about Regina Jonas

Although she never saw anyone who looked like her on the pulpit, Regina Jonas, the first woman ordained as a rabbi, chose this path in 1930s Berlin.

Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz
Lattice-topped lemon cake on the counter; two fresh lemons alongside the pan

After a Shabbat dinner in my home for three Germans, one of them shared a lemon cake recipe and the incredible story of how it uncovered a long-held family secret.

Tina Wasserman

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