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Rexhep Hoxha, left, and Fatos Qoqja, pictured with a medal that Qoqja's father received for saving Jews during the Holocaust.

Albanian Muslims saved Jews

TIRANA, Albania — Most anywhere else in Nazi-occupied Europe, an encounter with police would have likely sealed the fate of Jewish refugees like Nissim and Sarah...

Jan Zwartendijk pictured with one of the transit visas he issued.

Jan Zwartendijk: Unsung Holocaust hero

YAOTSU, Japan — Like other journalists and researchers, I traveled all the way to this rural area to gain a better understanding of the actions of Chiune Sugihara, one...

Jonny Daniels, foreground, and Robert Skrupa, a From the Depths volunteer, digging up fragments of Jewish headstones in eastern Poland, 2015.

From Polish gravestones to politics

MIEDZYRZEC PODLASKI, Poland — In a snowy woods near the border with Belarus, Jonny Daniels pulls muddy fishing waders over the pants of his tailored business suit and...

Elhanan Miller (Bruria Hammer)

Ask me anything — in Arabic

JERUSALEM — Is it true that Judaism doesn’t accept converts? Is it true that Jews have to wash their hands before they pray? Is it true that Jews have historically...

Lior Zaltzman illustrates the seven heartwarming stories of the year

The heartwarming stories of 2017

NEW YORK — Political turmoil, terror attacks and natural disasters around the world: 2017 had plenty of people feeling down, for good reason. But there were also...

‘Remember Baghdad’ captures Iraqi Jews’ unfinished business

By Eliana Rudee When thinking of the words “refugee” and “Middle East,” many displaced groups come to mind. But few know that some of the original refugees of...

Lian Najami speaking at an Israeli Independence Day student gala at Boston University, 2017.

Arab-Israeli woman is Rhodes Scholar

TEL AVIV — Lian Najami, Israel’s first Arab Rhodes scholar, is the kind of person who can be optimistic about just about anything — including having a needle stuck...

The sfinj hails from North Africa. (Wikimedia)

Sufganiyah or sfinj?

TEL AVIV — The sufganiyah is the plump, shining star of Chanukah in Israel. During the holiday season, the famed jelly doughnut poses in the windows of cafés and...

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....

One of the menorahs at the Museum of Lights in Casale Monferrato.

It’s always Chanukah in this picturesque Italian town

CHANUKAH 5778 SECTION E PAGE 6 CASALE MONFERRATO, Italy — It’s always Chanukah in this picturesque town in northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Jews have lived in...