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Lincoln Memorial against black background

Although American Jews widely admired both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln was the first president to have extensive social contact with Jews in the U.S.

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.
A row of smiling Israeli teens

Like every Israeli parent, I have learned that the obligations of living in the Jewish state hit home hardest when kids graduate from high school.

Rabbi Rich Kirschen
candy hearts

The inability of society to talk openly and honestly about consensual sex makes it difficult to talk about nonconsensual sex, isolating us in our experiences.

Maya H. Weinstein
Reading from the Indonesian Jewish community's new Torah scroll

Learn how Indonesia’s Jewish community – spread across six islands spanning nearly 3000 kilometers – recently tripled the number of Torahs available in the country.

Rabbi David Kunin
Yellow flowers on a cactus blooming in the desert

The pioneers who built the State of Israel faced myriad challenges to create a self-sufficient society in a desert environment without easy access to food or water.

Rachel Landman
Red and white life preserver with rope against sunny, blue sky with white clouds

I recently reconnected with my rabbi from Brooklyn after I was reminded of what a lifeline she was to me and my family after disability entered our lives.

Joan Hocky
Tree as seen from below

In college, being outdoors and celebrating the natural world was an important part of my spirituality, so I sought out hints that other Jews felt the same way.

Rabbi Daniel Swartz
Children in a kindergarten class in a DP camp

Following World War II, many Jews were confined to displaced persons (DPs) camps in Allied-occupied countries. Among them were my parents and parents-in-law.

Jean Bloch Rosensaft
Bins of colorful dried fruit -- mango, banana, kiwi, pineapple -- in Jerusalem supermarket

In my past life as a cantor in Los Angeles, I was always facilitating the concept of “Jewish time” for others. Here in Jerusalem, it just sort of happens on its own.

Cantor Evan Kent
Students recording "Songs of Darkness and Hope" in a local church

Learn how students in rural Maine created “Songs of Darkness and Hope,” a one-of-a-kind album of Holocaust music.

Courtney Naliboff

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