The “Project Mah Jongg” exhibit, which originated in New York, is making its way to Jewish museums across America, bringing back memories of bams and craks for generations of Jewish women and hopefully enticing new players.
Imagine a pool in a luxury spa in the center of China, with vaulted ceilings and exquisitely painted walls, filled with purified rainwater, and fit for an emperor to bathe in… Or, actually, an empress. Because this bath is a mikvah–a ritual bath designed for women who observe the Jewish laws of menstrual purity. Possibly the strangest part of […]
The neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is home to a large population of Hasidic Jews, and a large population of Caribbean immigrants. For the most part, the two groups have kept to themselves–with a few notable exceptions, like the 1991 Crown Heights Riots. Recently four Caribbean high-school girls in Crown Heights, three from Jamaica and one from Guyana, decided to […]