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Ben Sales, JTA
Ben Sales, JTA

Children participating in a Yom Kippur event at the Palo Alto JCC. (Ilyanne Photographic Art)

How a JCC reaches secular Israelis

PALO ALTO, Calif. — With a foot in the tech world and another in Jewish culture, the JCC in Palo Alto has transformed itself into a hub for local Israeli expatriates....

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (Twelve Books)

Many Minnesota Jews miss Franken

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s a shame Al Franken has to go, Minnesota Jews say. But he has to go. That’s the feeling Minnesota Jewish leaders expressed a day after the...

Eli Rowe, second from left, with members of his volunteer aid team in front of the airplane that was donated to make the trip to San Juan, Sept. 25, 2017.

Jewish aid mission to Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN — After he managed to bribe three van drivers to load their vehicles with aid supplies and drive him and his crew from the San Juan airport, Eli Rowe felt his...

Melissa Landa, center in blue shirt, with some of her students.

Fired for pro-Israel activism?

BALTIMORE — Days after joining a pro-Israel group, Melissa Landa knew something had gone wrong: She said her mentor stopped working with her, pulling out of a...

A Muslim man sits at Alt Takwa Mosque in Brooklyn, June 20, 2017. (Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty)

Jewish groups aid mosques concerned about security

NEW YORK — With anti-Islam hate crimes on the rise, Muslim leaders are working harder to secure their mosques and institutions. Some are turning to Jewish experts for...

Michael Duke, associate editor of the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice, managed to write his articles during Harvey.

Newspaper production opens a lens on flooded Houston

HOUSTON — As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Houston on Aug. 25, Vicki Samuels Levy dashed over to the offices of the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice, took the proofs of...

White supremacists and members of antifa clashing at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Who is ‘antifa’?

NEW YORK — Is it OK to punch a Nazi in the face? That’s the question animating much of the discussion of the Aug. 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.,...

Touro Synagogue, nestled in historic Newport, Rhode Island. (John Nordell/ Christian Science Monitor/Getty)

Who is the fairest owner of them all?

NEW YORK — The story of America’s oldest synagogue, as told by retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter, is the story of American Jewish history. Touro Synagogue...

Yaakov Seltzer's West Side Judaica.

Judaica stores in Manhattan joining the dinosaurs

NEW YORK — Yaakov Seltzer remembers a different world, when he would sell his customers prayer books, then hand them an invitation to his daughter’s wedding. When...

The central synagogue of the Abayudaya Jewish community in rural Uganda.

East Africa famine: Jews die of starvation

NEW YORK — Uganda’s 2,000 Jews have long maintained a modest existence. They live in the east of the country in a hilly, rural area that lacks paved roads,...