Eat, Pray, Love: Spending Rosh Hashanah In Italy’s Smallest Jewish Community

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This was not my first Jewish holiday away from home. Studying abroad in London, my friends tossed crumpets in the Thames for Tashlich. Living in rural Thailand, my boyfriend and I constructed our own menorah out of materials from the hardware store, eating our homemade latkes with mangoes from the backyard instead of applesauce. In […]

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Song Offers Global Welcome To The New Year

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An ambitious production of New York’s 92nd Street Y brought together dozens of musicians, singers, and dancers from around the world to produce “The New Year Song.” The music and lyrics were written by Abigail Pogrebin and Noah Aronson. The artists involved are: Joshua Grace and Althea Pestine-Stevens, Central Park Noah Aronson, Brooklyn Rabbi Angela […]

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‘The Jews Are Tired’ Episode 1

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Episode 1 is here! A coherent explainer of Israel’s election and what happens next. Plus, are we heading to a reckoning with sexual abuse in the Jewish community? And not everything has to be bageled! (Available on Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, and later today, Apple Podcast).  

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Four Takeaways from NPR’s Ari Shapiro at JHSUM’s 35th

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As a journalist, a Jew, and a person living in 21st century America, I was able to learn from NPR’s All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro. Last week, Shapiro spoke on “Immigrants: Making a Difference” for the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest’s 35th anniversary. He shared many takeaways from his experience reporting with […]

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Ari Shapiro Connects Current Immigration Stories To Jewish Experience

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Ari Shapiro remembers the kosher meat truck. Once a month, a freezer truck from Chicago would pull into the Fargo, N.D., synagogue parking lot where his family and other Jewish families would collect their monthly supply of kosher meat. The NPR All Things Considered co-host describes the Fargo Jewish community as “really tight” and says […]

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A First-Hand Account Of The Border Crisis

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Having been in El Paso and Juarez for the past 2-plus days trying to get my arms around the travesties occurring at the border and the efforts of Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society to provide protection and dignity to vulnerable populations of asylum seekers, I now bear witness as well as a responsibility to tell the […]

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Jews Say “Close the Camps” on Tisha B’av

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Fifty Jewish groups across the United States assembled in protest of ICE on a day of mourning, Tisha B’av. United We Dream, an immigrant-led organization, asked allies to hold vigils and protests outside of ICE offices, so Jewish organizations came together to host Tisha B’Av Action: Jews Say #CloseTheCamps. One of these assemblies took place […]

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