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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...
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 ...
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...
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...

Then and now: Pretty, snow-filled grounds in Nuernberg, home to Hitler’s Nazi Party rallies of the 1930s Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-C12701. Photos: Inge and Daniel David

The bright lights of the Nuernberg's Christmas market

Rooftop view over Nuernberg

Inge David with Dieter Haspal, the grandson of her father’s business partner, and his wife, also called Inge

Brass plate memorials to German Jews who were deported to concentration camps and murdered by the Nazis

Plaque showing what a synagogue in Nuernberg looked like before the Nazis destroyed it in August 1938

Daniel on the Rhine cruise

 My 17-year-old grandson Daniel and I recently returned...
Gee up ... tourists taking a ride in a Polish horse taxi Photos: Ruti Porter

Dressed in folk costumes, the dancers, singers paraded down the crowded main street, each group with its own band

A touch of glass ... the glass façade of Polin, the Jewish Museum in Warsaw

I was reluctant to go to Poland, but Ruti wanted the grandch...



Netanya Hoops for Kids and the Barak Netanya basketball club...
This holy Hindu town has 52 stairways leading down to the lake where the water is believed to cleanse sins and cure skin diseases

Diwali Festival

A holy Hindu man carrying a food container

Window shopping in the bazaar ... a holy Indian cow in Pushkar




From Top Left: A Pushkar woman carrying vegetables on her head. At the Pushkar camel festival. Entrance to a Hindu temple and Lunch at Chabad in Pushkar.

Story and photos by Marion Stone Pushkar is a holy pilgrimag...
A Havana synagogue member holds the shechita knives

Street scene Havana

Distinctive . . . cars of many colors in Cuba

Thumbs up ... two locals in Havana

Boys on home-made scooters

A square viewed from a Havana balcony

Knives are out for us on a trip to the island of Fidel and C...
Hava Almo in the Ethiopian Cultural Heritage Center she’s created in her own home in Beit Shean

Yiftach Arnon, visiting the Ethiopian Center from a nearby kibbutz, becomes an instant Ethiopian elder at the hands of Hava

Story and Photos: Lydia Aisenberg  Hava Almo originates...
Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, subject of the movie Woman in Gold, is on permanent view at the Neue Galerie, Fifth Avenue, New York

The Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial in Vienna

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in a scene from ‘Woman in Gold’

Hotel Metropole, where the deportation of Vienna’s Jews was organized

In July 2014, I returned to Vienna after a long pause, to re...
Child survivors of the Holocaust attending school in the Feldafing Displaced Persons Camp in Germany

A page dealing with Shavuot in the B’Derech 1946 publication

Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek children celebrating Shavuot in 2014

A show of hands by the young girls of Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek

Story and Photos by Lydia Aisenberg On the table before me a...
Above:The Kremlin by Josef.Stuefer-www.flickr.com/creativecommons



Alexander Lerner’s portrait of Albert Einstein

Story and Photos by Liz Trakeniski The announcement of the r...
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 ...
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...