Elsewhere: Alin Levy’s conversion drama, Jewish gangster book, Hillary’s AJCongress gift

Alin Levy’s conversion drama: Israel’s chief rabbinate has given 24-year-old Alin Levy an ultimatum: give up her acting career or halt her Orthodox conversion permanently.  (Religion News Service)
Hillary’s gift to AJCongress:  The former secretary of state addresses a Jewish group that is “essentially a shell of its former self,” writes Gary Rosenblatt. (N.Y. Jewish Week)
Book on Jewish gangsters is no steal: A custom-bound book featuring etchings of notorious Jewish gangsters is going for the hefty price of $4,200. (N.Y. Times)

Holocaust stories told and retold: Last year, David Tuck told his story of surviving the Holocaust to over 10,000 students. And he’s committed to keep sharing his story. (Philly.com)
 
A new look at the shtetl: According to Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Jewish life in Eastern Europe often featured fruitful partnerships and cross-linguistic endeavors, contrary to a popular narrative characterized by suffering and pogroms.  (Moment)
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