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Gabrielle Birkner is JTA's managing editor. Follow her on Twitter @gabibirkner.


  • 70 years on, Hitchcock Holocaust doc finds an audience

    The film draws heavily on the footage taken at the camps by combat and newsreel cameramen in the days and weeks after liberation.

  • Should Random House pay Goebbels’ estate?

    The notorious propaganda minister left behind 20 years worth of diary entries — from which the offspring of his siblings think they should profit.

  • French Jewry 101: From Rashi to Dreyfus to Hyper Cacher

    Last week’s deadly hostage siege at a kosher supermarket in Paris has French Jews (and some non-Jews) proclaiming “Je suis juif” in solidarity with the four people killed. Who are the Jews of France? Here’s a primer.

  • Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

    In the series finale of the podcast sensation “Serial,” a certain Jewish studies professor got a shout out. It was Sarah Koenig’s husband, who directs the Jewish Studies program at Penn State.

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ‘lower guilt’ latkes

    Just in time for Hanukkah, the Florida congresswoman, DNC chair and Jewish mom shares her recipe for healthier potato pancakes.

  • Adas Israel rabbi: ‘I am a gay man’

    The married senior rabbi at a large and historic Conservative synagogue in Washington, D.C., said Monday that he has long struggled with his sexual orientation.

  • French pop intellectual goes ‘on the road

    French Jewish pop intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy talks about his 15,000-mile long, yearlong road trip through the United States — and has some surprisingly affectionate stories about the country the French love to hate.

  • New safe haven for seniors

    With the inauguration of what is being called the nation’s first full-service elder abuse shelter in New York, some abuse victims have a place to seek refuge. The opening of the $3 million center signals that this problem plaguing the aged has reached a t

  • Reform and Conservative working together

    The flagship institutions of the Reform and Conservative movements have embarked on their first-ever joint project — a cross-denominational leadership institute for principals of congregational schools.

  • Shaping scholars of Israel at NYU

    New York University has opened a center for Israel studies and its director is hoping to shape a new generation of Israel scholars who are willing to look critically at the complex issues of the Jewish state.