No artist metamorphized himself more often than J. D. Kirszenbaum. These transformations were anything but a matter of choice. Rather, they were dictated by Kirszenbaum’s needs to survive. Survive artistically.…

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Toda raba to our dear friend Joel Dzodin for these photographs - each a revelation of the moments making up life in today's Israel toda raba Terry

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The horrors of the Holocaust have haunted me my entire life. Each day more than ever before. That is why I have dedicated a large part of my life to…

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“Adon Olam” (‘King of the World” – song sung at the end of Shabbat services): sang to the tune of “You’ll be back” from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” - by the amazing…

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Centers of worship, community life and history: Europe's Jewish synagogues "In your opinion, what's the most beautiful synagogue in Europe?" Thanks for your responses to our - absolutely impossible -…

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There is a great and growing need for rabbis and cantors in Germany. That’s thanks to the flourishing of Judaism in the country. A flourishing of Judaism: 26 reformed/liberal/progressive congregations…

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Dear great-grandmother, Last week, our family met per Zoom. Twenty of us – spread all throughout the USA and in Germany. All of us with successful and productive lives. All…

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“The Ottolenghi effect: sweeping the world” reports the Good Food blog. The effect: the world is discovering and cooking– guided by Yotam’s seven cookbooks – a tasty old-new cuisine. Old,…

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Shalom mispacha! There‘s been a lot of heated – and in my opinion – hysteric - talk about a rising wave of anti-Semitism in Germany. So I think it‘s time that…

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Wann immer es um Juden in München geht, taucht Terry Swartzberg in den Medien auf. Sein Markenzeichen: die Kippa, also diese kleine, runde Kopfbedeckung, die Juden tragen. Er will zeigen, dass jüdisch-sein…

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