Saturday, August 8, 2020


Debra Nussbaum Cohen


Rabbis Grapple with Funerals and Sitting Shivah During COVID-19

Update: This article has been updated following the Los Angeles County Department of Health's more stringent rules announced the night of March 21. Under ...

Jewish Loan Associations Offering Coronavirus Assistance

While the federal government discusses possible financial help for those impacted by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Jewish free loan associations from coast to coast...

Voices Raised in Song

On the first night of Hanukkah, 230 Jews stood in concentric circles filling the sanctuary at Manhattan’s Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, singing together. They sang for...

‘Not Going Anywhere’ Jews March in Brooklyn to Express Solidarity Against Anti-Semitism

They came from Boston, Philadelphia and even from Cleveland. On Jan. 5, they converged on Cadman Plaza Park in downtown Brooklyn to publicly proclaim that...

City of Fear: The Fallout of Monsey

Where once there was confidence and ease in being a New York City Jew —  whether you were a Seinfeldian Upper West Sider or...

Jewish Community on Edge After Jersey City Supermarket Attack

The week after the anti-Semitic attack on a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, N.J., has brought more information but little comfort to the Jewish...

In Brooklyn, Conservative and Orthodox Jews Quarrel Over Rental of School Space 

Inside a ballroom at Brooklyn’s East Midwood Jewish Center (EMJC) — a Conservative synagogue — some 200 members danced in celebration of the installation...

One Man’s Long, Inspiring Walk to Jerusalem for Sukkot

There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. For Elan Margulies, a six-month trek from...

NY Artist Re-Genders the Torah While Keeping Tradition

Unanticipated things happen when you flip the gender of the entire Torah. Eve/Hava becomes the first human created by Elohin, or God in the...

Acme Has Big Fish to Fry

Reaching Acme Smoked Fish in Brooklyn requires traversing worlds: through Chasidic Williamsburg, full of modestly dressed Chasidim, and then through Hipster Williamsburg, where tattooed...

Making 1 Million Missing Jews of Color Welcome

I live in as diverse a Jewish community as there may be in America, in Brooklyn, N.Y., but often look around synagogue sanctuaries and...

Female Chasidic Judge Breaks the Mold

Hours before the last days of Passover began, it was very busy at Judge Rachel Freier’s house in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn,...

Dealing With the Threat of Home-Grown White Nationalists

We need to accelerate our exodus from a new and mounting tyranny, but not the way white nationalists — including the alleged Chabad of...

Protests Erupt After NYC Councilman Says ‘Palestine Does Not Exist’

An only in Brooklyn fight on Thursday evening brought the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the heavily Chasidic neighborhood of Boro Park. Pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated outside Orthodox...

AZM Event Loses Touch With Jewish Youth

Of the roughly 125 people participating in the American Zionist Movement’s Biennial Assembly in New York on March 10-11, few appeared to be below...

Kingsborough Community College Embroiled in Anti-Semitic Allegations

An anti-Semitic harassment campaign appears to be being waged against identifiably Jewish and pro-Israel professors at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn – one of...

Two Jewish Comedians Talk Mary Tyler Moore, #MeToo, and Mothering

Comedian Judy Gold emerged on stage at an Upper West Side theater on Feb. 11 and screeched, “Oh my God, I’m so excited,” as...

Remembering Yechiel Eckstein

There is nothing quite like walking through a jetway to or from an El Al plane at Ben Gurion International Airport and seeing poster...

Why Am I Excluded From the Women’s March?

On the Jan. 14 episode of ABC’s “The View,” co-host Meghan McCain said that politically conservative women like herself who are anti-abortion are being excluded...

Stumbling through my bat mitzvah

My bat mitzvah was an unmitigated disaster. I\'d hoped the guests would be as taken as I was with my dress, first high heels and the orange and yellow petit fours at the Kiddush.

Waiter, Hold the Knishes

A group of 27 influential Charedi rabbis will soon issue a takhana, or rarely issued formal guideline, setting strict limits on the number of people who are to be invited to an Orthodox wedding, the number of musicians hired to play, and even the type and amount of food that is to be served.

Ritualized Equality

Woven into many Jews\' seders when they sit down to celebrate Passover this year will be a spate of new traditions.

New Coalition Opposes Intermarriage

In the face of widespread popular Jewish acceptance of intermarriage and a sense that the Jewish community\'s leaders have given up any effort to oppose it, a group of 25 Jewish rabbis, intellectuals, lay leaders and communal affairs professionals is galvanizing to fight for change.

Shared Dreams

To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., schoolchildren all over the country are learning about his fight to win civil rights for black Americans through nonviolent protest.

Balancing Acts

When Rabbi Eric Yoffie and other Reform movement leaders walked through the doors of Walt Disney World\'s Dolphin Hotel about a week before Christmas last year, they were greeted by a garishly lit, outsized Christmas Tree and the sound of caroling.

Is Y2K a Jewish issue?

Is the change of the secular calendar from 1999 to 2000 a Jewish issue?

Latest news

David Goldfein, Jewish US Air Force Chief, Is Stepping Down

Gen. David Goldfein, who for a time was in line to become the first Jewish chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has retired as Air Force chief.

A Jewish Guide to Joe Biden’s VP Short List

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to name his running mate in the next two weeks, and while the list of contenders has changed constantly for months, most reports have now whittled the group of front-runners down to Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, Karen Bass, Tammy Duckworth and Keisha Lance Bottoms.

B’nai Brith Canada Calls on Police to Investigate Polish Paper for Blaming COVID-19 on Jews

"To publish something like this in a Canadian newspaper, whether it’s in English or non-English, is criminal," B'nai Brith Canada said.

Jewish Veteran Who Had Democratic Party Backing Loses Tennessee Senate Primary to Progressive Activist

The progressive activist who won is an environmental activist with the Sierra Club.