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Headshot of musician Guy Mendilow with long blond hair and a hat holding a guitar

Israeli-born musician Guy Mendilow directs a world-class ensemble that combines evocative storytelling with emotionally captivating music. Each performance by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble “[explodes] with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College), conjuring voices lost to war and upheaval, whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places, and, ultimately, stirring highly resonant, deeply moving connections to contemporary struggles and dilemmas. I caught up with Guy after the ensemble performed at the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial in Boston.


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Dictionary page with highlighted entry for anti-Semite

Jonathan Greenblatt made his name as a successful social entrepreneur, innovation expert, and senior advisor in the Obama Administration before becoming national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in 2015. He has since spoken out on numerous social justice issues. I caught up with him recently to get his take on the current state of anti-Semitism, its causes, and solutions. The ADL tracks anti-Semitism. How have the metrics changed since you took the organization’s helm in July of 2015?

Jonathan Greenblatt: While anti-Semitic attitudes...

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Steve Cook has impressive Reform Jewish connections. His mother’s uncle was Rabbi Nelson Glueck, former president of the Reform seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; his father, Julian Cook, and uncle, Jonathan Brown, are retired rabbis; and his brother, Alan, and sister-in-law, Jody, are rabbis serving Sinai Temple in Champaign, IL.

Steve chose a different career path, partnering with Chef Michael Solomonov to create a series of successful Jewish-influenced restaurants, including Zahav, Federal Donuts, Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Rooster...

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Aaron Hahn Tapper’s new book, Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities, takes a unique approach in exploring the multifaceted and intensely complicated characteristics of this age-old, ever-changing community, weaving together the multiple ways Jews identify in terms of culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion, and more through the lenses of historiography, political identities, and social psychology. We chatted with Hahn Tapper, the Mae and Benjamin Swig Professor in Jewish Studies and the founding director of the Swig Program in...

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Photograph of entrance to Birkenau concentration camp taken from the level of the train tracks leading into the camp

Dr. Yael Danieli, a clinical psychologist, victimologist, traumatologist, author, and lecturer is director of the Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, which she co-founded in 1975. She served as a founding director of the United Nations of The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and as distinguished professor of international psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I sat down with her to learn more about her pioneering work in understanding and treating victims of genocide and their children.


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