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Ronald Liebowitz, new president of Brandeis

Meet Ronald Liebowitz of Brandeis

BOSTON — After 32 years at Middlebury College, the last 11 as its president, Ron Liebowitz is calling Brandeis University his new academic home. On July 1, the...

Kimberly Ferry working at the Altamont Bakery in Tulsa.

Tulsa bakes its way to a better world

By Victor Wishna TULSA  — Walk into Congregation B’nai Emunah on any Tuesday afternoon and you’ll barely get through the massive, light-filled foyer before it...

Left: A street in the Ladadika neighborhood, which used to be the Jewish quarter in Thessaloniki. The Greek city was a haven for Jewish refugees (right) from the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions.

Putting the Jewish back in Greece’s Salonika

WASHINGTON — “I am proud to be a Vlach,” says Yiannis Boutaris, the mayor of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. Ostensibly, we’re here at the...

Elie Wiesel in Denver, 1987

Reprint from 1987: Exclusive IJN interview with Elie Wiesel

The following exclusive interview with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel was obtained June 8, 1987, the day Wiesel received an honorary doctorate, along with fellow survivor,...

Myriam Schottenstein of ShayTell with her baby.

Sheitel shopping? Read reviews online

By Lisa Keys NEW YORK — First there was “Tinder for bras.” Now there’s a Yelp for sheitels, the wigs worn by many married Orthodox Jewish women. ShayTell may be...

L-r: Auschwitz survivors Chaim Schwimmer, Mordechai Eldar, Hershel Herskovic

Three Auschwitz survivors find each other

BALTIMORE — For over six decades, Chaim Schwimmer has thrown a kiddush every Simchat Torah, but it’s not only to celebrate the joyful holiday. The food and the...

The bounty of the first harvest is something to be celebrated and shared on Shavuot. (Wikimedia Commons)

Reclaiming the ‘harvest’ aspect of Shavuot

As we approach Shavuot, there’s a battle going on in our garden over who — or what — will get our first fruits. In ancient days in Israel, beginning at Shavuot...

A memorial in Ramat Gan, Israel to the 1941 pogrom that killed 200 Iraqi Jews. (Piki-Wiki Israel)

Pogrom shook Iraq 75 years ago

Every Iraqi Jew has a tale to tell about the Farhud, the two-day pogrom that befell the Jews of Baghdad 75 years ago in June, 1941. In the case of my own family, it was...

Rob Kaufmann (Tim McClanahan)

Real estate lawyer leaves big footsteps in Jewish and secular charities

ROB KAUFMANN is a stand-up guy — literally and figuratively. Literally, since he’s more of a stander than a sitter. The work surfaces in his lofty corner office at...

Monir Ludin, left, and Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav

Interfaith colleagues and friends

MONIR LUDIN, an experienced navigator of detours, arrives 20 minutes before his friend Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav, whose bike route is compromised by construction on 13th...