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The Memoir of a Jewish Homesteader: From Page to Stage

Tim Ranney | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

I spoke with Kate Fuglei, who plays Rachel Calof, to learn more about the transforming experience of this role. I also spoke with Stan Calof, one of Rachel's grandchildren, who gave us some insight into what it is like to carry the Calof name and the impact the play has had on him and his family.

For A Jewish Austrian Folk Singer, Helping Refugees Is Personal

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion

When the Hungarian government cracked down on refugees in late August, herding them into holding camps and barring their passage to Germany, Hans Bre...

Dreams Becoming Reality

Jackson Richman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Good News
Jackson Richman

Since childhood, I have been interested in journalism and politics. When I was in my early teens, I frequently watched the early local news. Now as a young adult, attending school in Washington, D.C. I can take advantage of a plethora of journalistic opportunities.

Thinking and Acting Globally

Alissa Stern | Posted 09.14.2015 | Arts
Alissa Stern

Language decline rarely seems urgent. Photos of children no longer understanding their grandmother's language don't go viral. The loss of words to articulate local wisdom doesn't make headlines.

Kulturfest Dazzled All Week

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 06.22.2015 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

The inaugural Kulturfest was intended to be a tease, with audiences clamoring for more. Now that they had been given such a sumptuous taste, how can they get Yiddish out of their heads?

Yiddish-Wong-ish --It's All Fun in the Theater

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

Talk about diversity. New York is certainly the land of plenty. Just this week alone, I spent time in an Irish/Yiddish world and the next day was transported by intergalactic forces to the Planet Wongo. All this for a subway token.

Professor Mike Abrams: Reflections of An Illuminated Friendship

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Randee Mia Berman

I was always a 3M girl. I loved Mozart, martinis and macaroons. And then of course there's Mike. I met Mike Abrams as a studious Cornell freshman ...

Ukraine, Politics of History and Jewish Identity: A Personal Story

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Sadly, many Ukrainians have little knowledge of their own country's colorful past and tend to promote a rather monolithic and narrow-minded view of history based solely upon the Ukrainian ethnic experience. Perhaps it would be more productive to delve into the country's rich interethnic experience so as to foster greater understanding between Ukrainians and minority populations.

Peter Mehlman's Seinfeld-esque Novel is a Fun Read

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Rabbi Jason Miller

Yes, it's absurd and will unquestionably cause some eye rolling to occur, but his ability to tease out the everyday silliness of humanity is dead on.

Danny Aiello Took Me Off the Hook

Robbie Vorhaus | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Robbie Vorhaus

For several months, we became friendly, hanging out together at the producer's office on Park Avenue. Knockout opened and closed within months, and everyone involved in the production went their separate ways.

What Defines You?

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Naphtali Hoff

To these men and women (and many, many more), life is more than about doing a job and getting paid. It's about making a difference and following your passions. It's about connecting deeply to what you believe in, and expressing your values to others.

How I Chose the Title 'Bubby'

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
Carol Smaldino

When I found out I would be a grandmother, I felt thrilled and yet I really wasn't; that was the truth. I didn't feel up to it, I felt it had nothing to do with me and I felt guilty that I felt that way.

The Hungarian Horseradish

John Feffer | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

The most sensitive issue is the very identity of Hungarians. The far-right party Jobbik has made the identity issue central to its program.

Wipe That Schmutz Off Your Face -- and Keep Reading

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
The University of Central Florida Forum

I love seeing Yiddish show up in the media. I feel special because I know this "second language" that not many others do, and it makes me feel closer to my heritage.

Facing Fierce Fears

Edie Weinstein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

As a medical social worker, I have witnessed both in my patients and clients. I saw my parents take a downhill slide as they aged, even though they did so with grace. I have a difficult time allowing myself to be taken care of, since my role has long been that of caregiver. As I face my fears, they become less fierce.

Beloved Yiddish Folk Song Expert Dies At 91

AP | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Chana Mlotek (KHAH'-nuh MLAH'-tehk), a noted archivist of Yiddish folk music, has died at age 91. Her son Zalmen says s...

Electronic Nonsense Sure Makes No Sense

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

It is sad, but only if you let it overwhelm you. Electronic gimmicks and outlets are like forbidden, fat-laden food. You have to learn to discipline yourself and consume just enough to satisfy your craving, without causing damage to your physical or mental health.

Yiddish Enjoys New Popularity With Younger Generation

Religion News Service | Ann Marie Somma | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (RNS) Friends of Yiddish has no agenda. No textbooks. No Yiddish grammar rules. Its members gather every month at the B’nai Tik...

The NSA's Error-filled Transcripts of My Telephone Conversations

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 08.14.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

If the NSA is monitoring my phone calls I worry that they might not be correctly hearing what I'm saying. And, if this is the case, I worry even more, about what the resulting impact on my beloved U.S. of A. might be.

Jewish Word Wins Spelling Bee, But 'Princesses' TV Show Will Offend

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

While some might think that the winning word of the Scripps National Spelling Bee being the familiar Yiddish word for what we Jews put in our chicken soup signaled the end of offensive Jewish stereotypes, think again. A new reality TV show is about to send us back several generations.

Man-oh-Manischewitz: Passover's Second Chance

Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer

This Wednesday, April 24, marks a little-known holiday on the Jewish calendar: Pesach Sheini -- Second Passover. Truth be told, it is a little different that the original holiday.

Yiddish: The Link Between Past and Present in the Jewish State

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Anav Silverman

It is often overlooked that Yiddish, the language spoken by millions of Ashkenazi Jews for nearly 1,000 years across Europe, played an important role in the formation of Israeli culture.


Cyma Shapiro | Posted 05.18.2013 | Fifty
Cyma Shapiro

As another Passover approaches, I can't help but think back wistfully to my childhood with my Eastern European grandparents and all that it held for me.

Orthodox Jewish Revival Opens Niche For Yiddish News

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor Jan 30 (Reuters) - The rapid revival of strict Orthodox Jewish communities that has shifted New York ...

Challah At Me!

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.17.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- If things go as planned, this Friday evening, the "Seven Single White Jewish Males" who placed a recent Craigslist ad looking for dinner...