Here’s how to involve virtual guests in a hybrid bar or bat mitzvah

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Fully virtual bar and bat mitzvahs are, happily, no longer a necessity for the most part. Whether you are including a...
A manuscript from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Oxford courses on 12 rare Jewish languages aim to keep heritages alive

By Michelle Krasovitski In April, the language-learning app Duolingo added its 40th language to its program arsenal: Yiddish. A couple of decades ago, it would...

A gritty novel by Sholom Aleichem is published in English for the first time

By Penny Schwartz Move over, Tevye the dairyman. Make room for Moshkele the thief, the rough and tumble rogue hero in a newly rediscovered work...
Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg

Rabbi Wohlberg gleans wisdom from the rich and famous

When asked about the timing of his new book, Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg starts to get a little emotional. Last month, Wohlberg, rabbi of Beth Tfiloh...
Moe Tucker, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Lou Reed

‘Velvet Underground’ withstands test of time

By Sasha Rogelberg Before Lou Reed proclaimed, “My God is rock ’n’ roll,” The Velvet Underground frontman was a Jewish boy who grew up in...
Melissa Wohlberg

Melissa Wohlberg finds her own path

For more than a decade, Melissa Wohlberg worked as a physical therapist for Sinai Hospital. But last year, as a result of the pandemic, the...
Mark Oppenheimer

A chat with Mark Oppenheimer, author of new book on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

By David Rullo Mark Oppenheimer’s new book, “Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood,” which will be released...
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Whistle, Gotham City’s latest superhero, is Jewish

By Julian Voloj It turns out that Batman’s hometown of Gotham City has a historically Jewish neighborhood, complete with a synagogue. And for this year’s...
Screne from Worth

Kenneth Feinberg helps 9/11 families find ‘Worth’ in Obama-produced Netflix movie

By Andrew Lapin At a key moment in the new Netflix film “Worth,” Kenneth Feinberg, the real-life architect of the compensation fund for 9/11 victims,...
Smadar Livne

Smadar Livne is ready to be in person in 5782

By Adam Reinherz After nearly a year and a half of being surrounded primarily by canvas and paint, Smadar Livne is excited to be back...