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Alexander Lerner’s portrait of Albert Einstein

Story and Photos by Liz Trakeniski The announcement of the r...
 There is a commandment to ritually clean certain unuse...
Exterior of the Jewish Museum at Belmonte

Inside the Porto Synagogue

A palace in Lisbon used during the Inquisition

A view from the gallery in the Belmonte Synagogue

A librarian at the Portugal Coimbra University holds a 12th century Bible, believed to have been written for Abarbanel

Story and Photos by Evelynne Cherny  Together with two ...
One of Hitler’s deadly V2 rockets is launched. It’s target: London Photo Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 141-1880-Wikimedia Commons

As we mark the end of the Second World War 70 years ago this...
Some of the students enjoying the impromptu outdoor seder

The tables are set for the mock seder at Kiryat Nordau

This year our children were lucky to be involved in two amaz...
Martin Luther King ... inspiring



Fifty years ago I spent a summer in Mississippi helping Negr...
Pamela enjoying a Japanese delicacy . . . locally-gathered wild vegetables. She says she was wearing both the kimono and the yakuta because she was freezing!   Photos by Pamela Levene





Before the seder began ... two families, both with an Israeli father and a Japanese mum


As a teenager I had many pen-friends. Amongst the exotic pos...
The logo for this year’s conference, being held in Jerusalem

Jewish genealogy international conference, Washington, 2011

The popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are, in which exper...
A painting of Margo Donovan’s grandfather, Joseph David Amsterdam

Serving dishes of the Hutschenreuther china, now used at the Friday table

The ‘Red House’ detention center in Bari, Italy

In Central Park ... Margo Donovan with her parents and brother Carey

Friday night ... one of the postcards featuring Margo’s grandfather

It is said that inanimate objects can contain holiness. The ...
Photo: British Library

King John granting the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215.  Picture: Wikipedia

The Jew’s Court in Lincoln. The city’s Cathedral houses an original Magna Carta. Photo: Marek Kosniowski, Wikipedia

On June 15, 2015, England and many other English-speaking co...
Story and photos by Rhoda Goodman

Bernie Goodman with the statue of Maimonides in Cordoba

Bernie Goodman laying tefilin in the Jewish Quarter of Cordoba

 We were very lucky. The weather in Spain from mid-Octo...

Memories That Won't Go Away: A Tribute to the Children of th...

I cut my writing and editing teeth, quite literally, on the ...
Ho, ho, ho ... Walter Bingham as Santa Claus for the cover of a British supermarket’s Christmas catalogue

Walter as a young boy

As a soldier in the British Army, Walter took part in the Normandy invasion

Walter with his parents in Germany

Walter played a beggar on a London street as part of a newspaper investigation

Based on an interview with Walter Bingham Walter Bingham was...
Kurt Rosenburg and Stanley Cohen at a reunion many years after Kurt was taken into the family as a Kindertransport child.

Lord Attenborough (2007): His family took in Kindertransport youngsters. Photo Credit: www.flickr.com

Hush hush ... the Grand Hotel in Birmingham where the secret meeting was held. Photo Credit: Brittish Library-www.flickr.com

Few private individuals, especially young people, ever have ...
Fuad and Mahmud at the center

Liat sings

Enthralled by Gil’s song

Six years ago, a little girl from ESRA's Hadera Techushon pa...



ORT, the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training, i...

Yom Kippur is often referred to as Yom haKadosh - the holies...
Illustration by Denis Shifrin

I passed by Dean & DeLuca's, where I had severed ties th...
Photo Credit: Samson Seliason-www.flickr.com

 My friend and colleague, the late Rabbi Julius Goldber...