by Ilana Brown I had been to Italy and Greece fifteen years before, but in those days I was not interested in finding remnants of Jewish communities and exploring the Jewish past of the area. This summer I had the opportunity to take a whirlwind tour of a few locations in Italy and Greece. Having lived in Israel for the past 11 years, I was now much more curious about Jewish communities. The Jewish Cathedral of Florence My journey began … [Read more...] about An Accidental Odyssey: Jews in the Mediterranean
Krakow’s 7@Nite festival - an innovative, JDC-organized take on the Judaism-without-walls concept - is a smorgasbord of sights and sounds. For one night a year, the city’s seven remaining synagogues open themselves up to the public and host everything from a poetry reading to a symbolic multimedia walk through the seven gates of Jerusalem, from a photography exhibition to an Israeli-inspired hummus and grilled vegetable feast in a synagogue … [Read more...] about In Krakow, A Dynamic Judaism Without Walls Festival
by Avi Rubel Last week, while on a personal visit to Uganda, I had the privilege of spending Shabbat with the Abayudaya Jewish community. It was inspirational and also challenged my perception of Jewish peoplehood and of what it means to be part of klal yisrael. In an email exchange before going to visit the Abuyadaya, a friend wrote that it “sounds cool, but are they really Jewish?” From all I could gather on the internet, I learned … [Read more...] about Letter From Uganda
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’
How do you say Jewish Peoplehood in French? The answer is: you don't. by Smadar Bar-Akiva There isn't such a word in French. Once again this demonstrates how very often the North America-Israel dialogue leaves out other countries and cultures. At the same time, when you dig deep down at what does Peoplehood or Amiut (in Hebrew) actually mean, French Jews fit right in. As individuals and as a community they strongly feel a sense of belonging … [Read more...] about How Do You Say Jewish Peoplehood in French?