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  • The Jewish stars of ‘Star Trek’ shill for VW

    Last year Volkswagen donated more than a million dollars to an international youth center at Auschwitz. In 2011 it donated $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. And in 2009 it was reported that the Beetle — that iconic VW creation — was actually designed by a Jew. But the German automaker — which, like other… More ▸

  • Watch what happens when these non-Jews try Jewish food

    Every year, Jews gather to celebrate the High Holidays: They blow the shofar, they fast, they ask for repentance, and of course, they eat. And every year, there’s someone new at the dinner table, tepidly prodding his or her gefilte fish, and assuring the cook with an unconvincing smile that everything tastes “really good.” If you… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Drama at Camp David, Salaita’s unlikely defender, kosher becomes chic

    Drama at Camp David: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright discusses how Jimmy Carter brokered an “impossible” Egypt-Israel peace in only 13 furious days. (NPR) Salaita’s unlikely defender: A Jewish professor from Brooklyn College is leading the charge to reinstate Steven Salaita, whose job offer at the University of Illinois was rescinded over anti-Israel tweets. (N.Y. Times) Kosher becomes chic: Young… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Fired from ‘Fiddler’

    “Fiddler on the Roof,” which celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Broadway debut this week, has introduced Jews and Judaism to millions of people around the world. But while the show has embraced “Tradition,” it hasn’t always accommodated those seeking to observe tradition. Two years into its first Broadway run and just one year after Sandy Koufax famously… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: How not to be a High Holiday Jew, Europe’s anti-Semitism, rabbis should talk about Israel

    10 Days, 10 Questions: 10Q, a program of daily emailed questions designed to spur self-reflection during the Days of Awe, offers an alternative to more traditional High Holidays rituals. (NPR) Rabbis, speak up!: Responding to yesterday’s New York Times article on Israel being the third rail in many synagogues, Rabbi David Seth Kirshner urges his colleagues… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: The synagogue split, pen pal in the pen, social media sabbatical

    The synagogue split: Israel, once the uniting factor in the Jewish world, is now so divisive that rabbis can’t — or won’t — discuss it with their congregations. (N.Y. Times) Pen pal in the pen: A letter-writing program matches Jewish prisoners with Jewish volunteers who want to bring hope and a feeling of community to inmates. (Tablet)… More ▸

  • In aliyah this year (and every year), push is stronger than pull

    France leads immigration to Israel. Ukrainian immigration doubles. Surprise, surprise. Not. Aliyah to Israel jumped 28 percent in the past Jewish year, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel, for a total of 24,800 — the highest figure in five years. And driving the increase are Jews who are dying to get out of their home… More ▸

  • Why ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ holds up 50 years later

    Sunrise, sunset x 18,250 = this week marks the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premier of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Here is the original JTA dispatch from Sept. 23, 1964: NEW YORK (JTA) — Thousands of theater-goers stood in three lines for hours last night, seeking admission to the Imperial Theatre here, where a musical based on… More ▸