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Collage of Levi book jackets, photos and poems in Elizabeth’s apartment in Tiberias

Primo Levi ... vivid recall of visual images during his 11 months as a slave laborer

The square in Haifa named after Primo Levi

Report and photographs by Elizabeth Levi Senigaglia Remember...
The front of the Police HQ in Taormina showing two Stars of David. Many of the roads in the immediate area of the building have names of Jewish origin, indicating that this had very likely once been the main Jewish district of Taormina. Story and photos by Alan W. Benjamin

A section of the ancient mikveh in Siracusa that is still in use

Prior to our eight-day touring holiday in Sicily, we knew ve...
The saved parchment

There it was – a piece of torn brown leather rolled in a dil...
Author Kenneth Collins (left) with Stephen Kliner at the Tel Aviv book launch


Turn up for the book ... some of the audience who attended the Tel Aviv launch

The Jewish Experience in Scotland is a new history of the Je...
Esther Denouncing Haman. Painting by Ernest Normand (1857–1923)

In memory of my mother Esther Miriam Frimer The source of th...
The 1912 letter asking for the money to be returned

I recently obtained my Israel Tour Guide license. During the...
Rabbi Steinsaltz’s Commentary on Pirkei Avot in Chinese, published by the Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications, Jerusalem

What is the connection between Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fa...
Cochin Synagogue which was built in 1568 and then rebuilt in 1664. Photo: By Brian Snelson from Hockley, Essex, England via Wikimedia Commons

India is a very hot country. We landed in the city of Cochin...
A New Year card sent out by the Jewish Soldiers Organization to Jewish servicemen in the World War I

A change of guard, a change of clothes ... back to Civvy Street

Story and photos by Lydia Aisenberg A Rosh Hashanah greeting...
Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook. Photo Credit: Shuku (own work) @Wikipedia Commons

No hours were more difficult in the life of our forebears th...
The then and now of New York’s Orchard Street. Story and photos by Lydia Aisenberg

The treadle- pressing tailor at work ... a statue in New York


The Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street, New York

A tiny, dim and absolutely claustrophobic apartment on New Y...

American humorist Mark Twain

On Simchat Torah we start reading the Torah anew. I know the...
Photo credit: Beth h Flickr.com

Many years ago when I took my first spiritual steps on what ...
Fig saplings grew two meters in one year at the nursery at Akrich, adjacent to the sacred burial site of the Hebrew saint, Raphael HaCohen

Yossef Ben-Meir and his Moroccan kippa

Branching out ... a youth receives organic fruit trees grown at the Akrich nursery

All smiles ... Moroccan women cheering the arrival of guests of different faiths

Dig in ... Moroccan governor of the Al Haouz province, Mr. Younes El Bathaoui, and the Ambassador of the U.S. to the Kingdom of Morocco, Dwight Bush Sr planting a tree

"You could tell when the Jewish boys came into town because ...
The Isaac Ochberg Memorial Promenade and Park, Menashe Hills. Story and main photo by Lydia Aisenberg

Set in stone: The memorial to Isaac Ochberg. Photo: Yael Meyer

The Menashe Hills are alive with the musical sounds of young...
Illustration by Denis Shifrin

How the London Times reported the tartan story

While Britain is immersed in arguments for and against Brexi...
Richard Shavei-Tzion stands between his grandparents' and his wife's grandparents' graves facing each other amongst tens of thousands in the Pinelands Cemetery, Cape Town

Unmarked children’s graves at Braamfontein Cemetery, Johannesburg

Richard Shavei-Tzion at the grave of his great-grandfather at Braamfontein Cemetery, Johannesburg

My family's experience reflects the migratory patterns of So...
Vineyard. Photo: Gabriel-flickr.com

Sitting around the table with my Yesh Atid colleagues in the...
The Ecuadorian passport which was provided for Alex de Haas and members of his family

Rabbi Jacobson

One of the Righteous: Manuel Antonio Muñoz Borrero

Interior of the Jeschurun Synagogue, Stockholm ... it survived Kristallnacht

At Yad Vashem (from left) granddaughter Manuela Bjelke, Dr. Efraim Zadoff, Seth Jacobson, grandson Manuel Bjelke, son Lennart Bjelke and Mrs. Betty Meyer, one of those saved by the passports

"And so we must know these good people who helped Jews durin...
Mordechai Ben-Porat: Organizer

Iraqi Jewish immigrants after their arrival at Lod Airport in 1951

With them the seed of wisdom did I sowAnd with mine own hand...