by Revital Belz My mother taught me some great truths. One of her wise sayings was, "Most of the good things in life only come after hard work." I grew up in a small village outside the town of Rechovot. At the back of our home was a small yard. My mother called it her botanical garden and she would spend hours planning and dreaming about the plants and flowers that would one day sprout forth from the stony ground. She struggled to root up … [Read more...] about Those Who Plant Will Reap!
by Michele Alperin JNS.org Worldwide performances of “Fiddler on the Roof” attest to its cultural power, as it evokes the yearning for tradition in a changing world. What is behind its staying power? According to Alisa Solomon, author of the new book “Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof,” it is the show’s balance between the universal and the particular. During a recent symposium at Princeton University celebrating … [Read more...] about Fiddler on the Roof Turns 50
by Stefanie Zelkind From menurkeys to sweet potato latke recipes, there are many creative ways to celebrate this year’s unique overlap of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. In an effort to move beyond the kitsch, I would like to offer some additional ideas for blending the Hanukkah tradition of giving with the Thanksgiving ideal of gratitude. Here are eight suggestions (sorry, I couldn’t resist) of how to use Thanksgivukkah as a launch pad for … [Read more...] about Eight Giving Rituals for Your Family: Making the Most of Thanksgivukkah
The opening session of the working seminar on Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage, being held in Krakow this week, will be live-streamed today. The three-day, invitation-only working seminar has been convened to discuss a wide range of issues, challenges, strategies and successes regarding the care, maintenance, preservation, use and promotion of Jewish material heritage. It will be a direct follow-up to a seminar on Jewish heritage management … [Read more...] about Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage Conference Opening to be Live-Streamed
by Maxine Dovere JNS.org WARSAW - The Museum of the History of Polish Jews is built on the hallowed ground of the Warsaw Ghetto, literally on a site of genocide, at the intersection of Gesia and Nalewki Streets. The main entrance faces a plaza dominated by the Nathan Rapoport memorial, which commemorates the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. “Where else would it be built?” asked H.E. Ewa Juncyk-Ziomecka, Consul General of Poland in New … [Read more...] about Newly Opened Museum Aims to Show Jews Not a ‘Footnote to Polish History’