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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
Actors on the set of Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story

At the core of Douglas Lackey’s new play is the intellectual, emotional, and romantic relationship between Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
On one side is Reverend Cornell Williams holding the new book and on the other side is the historic black and white photo of MLK and other black civil rights leaders walking arm in arm with Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath and other Jewish leaders

Together, hundreds of us discovered that when you march carrying the Torah, the Scripture literally crosses and lays upon your heart.

Rev. Cornell William Brooks
Woman playing the cello

For most North American Jews, the haunting melody of Kol Nidrei surely is the piece of liturgy that best represents Yom Kippur, prompting us to delve deep into our souls.

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
Medieval Sephardic synagogue in Castelo de Vide, Portugal

What do dates, pomegranates, apples, spinach, squash, pumpkin, beets, scallions, and maybe even, the cheek meat of a fish have to do with Rosh HaShanah

Rabbi Lisa Sari Bellows
Portion of the Israel flag (Star of David on white background with part of the blue stripes visible) on the righthand part of a wooden surface

It was May 13, 1948 and the new Jewish State was to be declared the following afternoon, but David Ben Gurion didn’t yet have a Declaration of Independence.

Rabbi Neal Gold
Bowl of bright pink borscht garnished with hard-boiled egg and greens

My kids would rather starve than eat a blintz or other food with roots in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. They’ll have to find other ways to connect to their Jewish past.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
A woman in \WWII era dress stares out over a body of water

Renowned French-Jewish director Emmanuel Finkiel’s new film, A Memoir of War, is a haunting meditation on the pain of not knowing.

Wes Hopper
Female songleader Dawn Bernstein leads a group of campers in song in a photo from URJ GUCI camp in the 1970s

When I was growing up, Jewish music was the sole purview of men. I had never seen a woman sing on the bimah (pulpit) - but then I made history.

Dawn Bernstein

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