On Shavuot, An Exploration Of Contemporary Issues Surrounding Conversion

By Simone Ellin Senior features reporter Next week, Jews celebrate Shavuot. The holiday, which falls this year on May 15 and 16, commemorates God’s giving of the Torah to the Jews at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. On Shavuot, it is customary to read The Book of Ruth.  Therein, Ruth the Moabite, also… Read More

Where Are We Going, What Are We Doing?

A few years ago, I took a trip to Phoenix. The highlight was a day-long outing to the Grand Canyon. If you have been there, you know how absolutely breathtaking the first sight of the Grand Canyon is. After looking out into the canyon for quite some time, I decided to engage in one of… Read More

Also Playing: ‘Finding Kalman’

In commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and Yom Ha’Shoah, “Finding Kalman,” a 30-minute documentary that tells the story of Holocaust survivor Anna Jacobs and her brother, will air April 7 at 5 p.m on WETA HD; April 13 at 11:30 a.m. on WHUT; and nationwide during the month of April.

J Street Has Carved Out Its Place; Israelis Say Policies Don’t Jibe

The excitement is infectious. The growth astounding. J Street, turning 5 years old next week, has grown steadily and exponentially. “We are an important voice in the debate and discussion about Israel,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street. “I don’t want to overstate anything. There has been very steady, gradual growth and gradual… Read More

Holocaust Trains Are Jewel of Greek Enthusiast

It was spring in northern Greece, 1943. Efthymios Kontopoulos, 13, had come to Thessaloniki for the day when he saw Nazis rounding up the city’s Jews. “My father brought me into town,” Kontopoulos, who is not Jewish, said. “We saw them being taken away. They were with their [yellow] badges.”

Holocaust Testimony Captured in 3D

In a dark glass building here, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter shows that his memory is crystal clear and his voice is strong. His responses seem a bit delayed —  not that different from other survivors I have known who are reluctant to speak openly about their experiences — but he’s doing just fine for a… Read More

HBO Pays Homage To Holocaust Rescuers

HBO honors victims and rescuers this Yom Hashoah with the screening of a new documentary by journalist Steven Pressman. The film, “Fifty Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus” is based on a previously hidden memoir written by Eleanor Kraus of Philadelphia.