American Jews confront rising tide of anti-Semitism

World Oct 30, 2018

American Jews confront rising tide of anti-Semitism

Since the end of World War II, American Jews have lived in relative peace and prosperity, convinced that anti-Semitic attacks were a horror left long behind them. But the massacre of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday was a brutal reminder that those ...

Get the latkes out for Hanukkah in Japan

General Dec 22, 2016

Get the latkes out for Hanukkah in Japan

by Liane Wakabayashi

When Binyomin Edery, the chief rabbi of Japan, was a child growing up in the farming village of Kfar Chabad in Israel, the nine-pronged menorah could be seen everywhere during the winter Hanukkah festival. So when he arrived in Japan during Hanukkah 18 years ago, ...

Israel seeks to reinforce U.S. Jewish connection

World / Social Issues Dec 17, 2013

Israel seeks to reinforce U.S. Jewish connection

More than 100 Israeli leaders gathered with their Jewish-American counterparts in Jerusalem last month with a daunting mission: to save Jewish life in North America. Jewish-American leaders have known for years that assimilation and intermarriage were slowly shrinking their communities, but the early November gathering ...

A history of Judaism

Books / Reviews Oct 5, 2013

A history of Judaism

by Ian Thomson

First the derision and the sorrows, then the years of exile. Kicked out of anti-Semitic Spain in the 1490s, Jews were among the first to arrive in the New World. They were Iberian immigrants or Sephardim (after Sefarad, Hebrew for Spain) in search of ...