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  • And the only state without a Chabad is…

    by Gabrielle Birkner, JTA

    2 days ago

    Some 4,200 Chabad rabbis from more than 80 countries are gathering this weekend in New York for the annual conference of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries.

    In the year since they all last got together to attend workshops, listen to keynote lectures from the likes of former Sen. Joseph...

  • Leaving religious life: The ‘un-Orthodox’ path

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 days ago

    The path between the secular world and highly observant Judaism is a two-way street. The baal t’shuvah travels in one direction, but he or she may be taking the place of someone who has abandoned Orthodoxy.  It is these so-called “defectors” whose lives are explored with color and...

  • Glorya Kaufman: The philanthropist who loves dance

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 days ago

    When Glorya Kaufman was a little girl, she had a dream.

    “When I was 7 or 8 years old, I wanted to have an orphanage. So I think it’s always been in me to give and to care,” she said. Then she laughed and added, “That was probably from Annie Rooney,” referring to the popular comic...

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  • Top Chef recap, episode 6: The First Thanksgiving

    by Tess Cutler

    3 days ago

    Katsuji’s made it a custom to pour out some of his Pabst into the sink to commemorate the show’s fallen contestants. This week, he splashes some Pabst for controversial Aaron, who got canned last episode. Smell ya later!

    For a pre-quickfire challenge, the cheftestants go...

  • Photographer Bruce Davidson’s eye for the beauty of people on the margins

    by Jessica Ritz

    3 days ago

    Bruce Davidson’s influence looms large in the world of American photography. In 1958, he was the youngest photographer to be invited by Henri Cartier-Bresson to join the cooperative photography agency Magnum — with which he remains affiliated to this day, at the age of 81 — and his...

  • Thanksgiving by mom, updated

    By Judy Zeidler

    4 days ago

    The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to invite family and friends to celebrate an American tradition with a home-cooked feast. The essential elements are turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and yams. And, of course, everyone looks forward to several delicious desserts....

  • Getty symposium considers a ‘New Walled Order’

    By Avishay Artsy

    4 days ago

    Walls are erected to keep people out, to keep people in or to keep people apart. 

    From the Berlin Wall to the West Bank separation barrier to the Mexico-United States border, walls can simplify complex problems, and often do more harm than good. And they only add to people’s...

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