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is the online coordinator for JTA.


  • History is in the fabric of Judaism

    (Courtesy of Texas Jewish Post – Laura Seymour) Judaism is a historical religion — that means that our history defines our holidays, celebrations and even our worldview. To understand Jews, you must understand Jewish history. The challenge is that it seems that we fall into two camps: those who love history and those who hate…

  • ‘Orchestra of Exiles’ chronicles violinist who saved Jewish musicians during Holocaust

    (Courtesy of JUF News – Steven Chaitman) One of the most important yet forgotten heroes of the Holocaust was Bronislaw Huberman, the violinist who helped get a number of persecuted Jewish musicians out of a Europe on the verge of total Nazi occupation and into Palestine, where they would become the members of the Israel…

  • An interfaith ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

    (Courtesy of Washington Jewish Week – By Emily Minton) Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County and Bethesda United Methodist Church (BUMC) are coming together musically on Sunday, June 2 for two joint productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. to read more, click here.

  • So what does the envoy to combat anti-Semitism actually do?

    Ira Forman, the former longtime director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, was chosen this past week to be President Obama’s envoy to combat anti-Semitism. But what exactly does this envoy do? The Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism was created in 2004 with the passing of the The Global Review of Anti-Semitism Act. Two…

  • Jewish Organizations to deliver 20,000 pounds of food to Oklahoma

    Jewish organizations unite to send 20,000 pounds of food to victims of the tornado in Oklahoma.

  • My big fat Belzer wedding

    This past week’s Belzer wedding attracted over 25,000 people, making it one of the biggest weddings in recent history.

  • Suspect with links to Tsarnaevs killed during FBI questioning

    A Chechen man being questioned for his connection to the Tsarnaev brothers and a triple homicide was killed after he attacked an FBI agent with a knife, according to reports.

  • Kickstarting Yiddish literature

    One translator of Yiddish takes to the internet to crowdsource funds for his new translation project.

  • The Jews who run America

    With the election of Eric Garcetti to mayor of L.A., three of the largest cities in the U.S. now have Jewish mayors.

  • Anthony Weiner announces bid for mayor

    With a video aimed at the middle-class, Anthony Weiner announces his official bid for mayor.