November 1, 2011 3:35pm
A new survey of Jewish students at British universities shows they are comfortable with their religious identity and not very concerned about campus anti-Semitism, even though 42 percent of them experienced or witnessed anti-Semitic incidents in a sample six-month span.
November 1, 2011 9:14am
Chava Melamed, director of the Tikva Children’s Home facility for small children, leads a group of boys in a rendition of Chiddy Bang’s "Mind Your Manners." (Alex Weisler) As we pulled up to the orphanage, located in a historically Jewish Odessa neighborhood called Moldavanka, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d never been to an…
October 31, 2011 2:43pm
Moscow cantor Dmitry Karpenko discusses the American Jewish musical tradition at Limmud FSU, held in Odessa, Ukraine. (Alex Weisler) I only speak English and bad high-school Italian, so covering a conference held almost entirely in Russian isn’t the easiest for me. Luckily, Limmud doesn’t make it too hard. There’s usually about five options for each time…
October 30, 2011 10:05am
No one told me that today was the day to turn back your clocks in Europe. That’s why I’m currently sitting in a Caffe Nero near London’s Hammersmith tube stop in the southwest of the city, shamelessly abusing free WiFi and killing time before hopping an express train to Gatwick for my flight to Ukraine….
October 23, 2011 11:11am
If it feels like it’s taken me awhile to get started in London, blame Stephanie Oxner — or whoever the person actually is who impersonated a 29-year-old nurse and bilked me out of a good deal of money in a Craigslist apartment scam. But as I’ve spent about a week bouncing around from hotel to…
October 19, 2011 3:07pm
Chicago native Mike Levin found his place in the Jewish constellation in a country with no synagogue, no Jewish community center and no Jewish organization.
October 15, 2011 1:19pm
In college, I lived in a house named after Kate Bush, so it’s only fitting that my nearly four months in Europe have been punctuated by babushkas — though I suppose Kate would insist that the proper word is "Babooshka." When I visited Vilnius, Lithuania, in late August, a wizened crone screamed at me as…
October 13, 2011 2:31pm
Members of the Jewish community in Nove Zamky, Slovakia, speak about the town’s Jewish history at its Orthodox cemetery. (Alex Weisler) Before this trip to Europe, I’m not sure I properly appreciated the value and simple beauty of the minyan. Minyans are about collective responsibility, the recognition that there are certain Jewish rituals we are…
October 12, 2011 6:27pm
Greetings from Belgrade. I got into the city — which on first glance reminds me alternately of Athens and Moscow — in late afternoon and had just enough time to drop my stuff off before the Sukkot celebrations began at the city’s only synagogue, located just a few blocks away from my hostel. I’m no…
October 12, 2011 10:32am
I’m off to Belgrade, Serbia, today for five nights before I move into a little flat in Westminster for about a month of London-based reporting. Why Serbia? Part of it is simply the appeal of geography. I’ve been dying to go to the Balkans for years. Yes, Thessaloniki in northern Greece, where I spent a…