We Cannot Remain Indifferent

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Standing outside Montgomery’s old Greyhound bus station, we read panels that described events from over 50 years ago. Just as we were about to leave, a car pulled up next to us and a gentleman rolled down his window. “I see you all looking at those signs. Let me tell you about them.” For the […]

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Jewish Groups Mobilizing To Support New Zealand

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Jewish community members and leaders worldwide are expressing their support for the Muslim community of New Zealand after a white-supremacist murdered 49 worshippers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch on Friday morning. “Murder of people at prayer, in their most holy and sacred place, is a depraved and despicable act,” said Reuven Rivlin, […]

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In Belarus, Finding A Dwindling Jewish Community

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VITEBSK, Belarus — Vitebsk, the original home of world-renowned artist Marc Chagall, is an apologetic city. On everyone’s face is written a different variation of “nu, so we live here.” As they walk on the slushy sidewalks in the biting winter wind, going about their business under overcast grey skies that sometimes open for a […]

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A European Journey & Remembering Amoz Oz

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“No, I have no desire to go back for a visit: what for?” says Amos Oz’s aunt Sonia in A Tale of Love and Darkness, a recollection of Oz’s life and that of his family, centered around the suicide of his mother. “To start longing again from there for a Land of Israel that no […]

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Shabbat Weekend In Bulgaria

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I prefer not to seem like a dumb American tourist, but I much more prefer not to be called a “Russian.” It took me a day to get a hold of that in Bulgaria. The young Bulgarian woman at the hostel I stayed at, in the center of the city of Sofia, laid out a […]

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Neither Dead Nor Dying: A View from the Cheap Seats

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At this very moment I find myself on a plane heading to the Holy Land to attend the GA (General Assembly) for the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), where I intend to learn more about the Diaspora’s relationship with Israel, gain insight into beliefs about the efficacy of 2-state solutions, and maybe even come […]

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What Can I Control? Reflections on Pittsburgh and Ourselves

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D’var Torah by Rabbi Aaron Weininger November 3, 2018—25 Cheshvan 5779 Etz hayim he l’mahazikim bah v’tomkheha me’ushar…“It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and all who hold onto it are blessed. Its ways are pleasant, and all its paths are peace.” Each time we return the Torah to the ark, […]

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We need your St. Paul Artifacts and Photos!

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JHSUM is seeking artifacts, photos and records related to the Jewish communities and institutions in St. Paul from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. This is for our comprehensive St. Paul Jewish History Project. Please tell us what you have at [email protected]

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