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Rabbi David Schuck of New Rochelle was a guest on Conan OBriens podcast on Dec. 29. (YouTube)

Conan O’Brien talked to this New York rabbi about Judaism on his podcast

Jacob Henry, JTAPublished January 9, 2023

(New York Jewish Week) — Regular listeners of Conan O’Brien’s podcast generally expect to hear the comedian interview A-listers such as Michelle Obama and “Fleishman Is in Trouble” star Lizzy Caplan. But the former late-night host interviews...

What is the Fat Torah Project?

What is the “Fat Torah Project?”

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished December 6, 2022

It all started at a preschool Hanukkah party a few years ago. That's when an offhand remark led Rabbi Minna Bromberg to start Fat Torah, a project to end fat stigma in Jewish communal life. In this episode of Can We Talk, Judith Rosenbaum speaks...

That’s a father to love?’ Jewish author unpacks state of denial for son of Nazi fugitive

That’s a father to love?’ Jewish author unpacks state of denial for son of Nazi fugitive

By Alan Zeitlin, JNSPublished November 8, 2022
“The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive” is a methodically researched and harrowing book about Otto von Wachter, a high-ranking SS member and one-time governor of Krakow.
Group photo at Linke Fligls final gathering. Credit: Walter Hergt

Why a queer Jewish chicken farm is closing itself down

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished October 11, 2022

On a hot, humid day in late August, Nahanni Rous joined a gathering at Linke Fligl, a queer Jewish chicken farm and cultural organizing project in New York's Hudson Valley. (Linke Fligl is a pun—Yiddish for "left wing.") For the past seven years,...

Photo courtesy of Adam Scott Bellos

Why wine is the best tool to begin a conversation about Israel

By Carly Brechner , Israel21cPublished July 15, 2022

Adam Scott Bellos is the CEO of The Israel Innovation Fund (TIFF), which invests in commercial and cultural projects in Israel and beyond. He is also the founder and host of Wine with Adam, a video series in which he speaks to a variety of guests...

Three of JTECs co-founders (clockwise from top left): Dahlia Soussan, Ellanora Lerner, and Madeline Canfield.

Three teens discuss the toxic hookup culture in Jewish youth groups and summer camps

Jen Richler, Jewish Women's ArchivePublished June 22, 2022

Jewish summer camps and youth movements are a time-honored tradition—tens of thousands of Jewish teens participate. But a group of young Jews is calling out what they say is a “toxic hookup culture” in many of these institutions. In this episode...

Why is Eshet Chayil traditionally sung before the Shabbat meal?

Why is “Eshet Chayil” traditionally sung before the Shabbat meal?

Published June 16, 2022

"A woman of valor, who can find? Her worth is far beyond rubies..." So begins a 22-verse acrostic poem from the Book of Proverbs. The poem showers praise on an unnamed woman of valor—eshet chayil, in Hebrew—and is sung in some Jewish families on...

Where the word gaslighting comes from

Where the word “gaslighting” comes from

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished May 31, 2022

From MSNBC to Fox News, the word "gaslighting" is everywhere these days. And while the term is commonly connected to antisemitism, it can also be used in a variety of forms. Where does it come from and what does it mean? In our second installment of...

Molly Picon (right) as Yente the Matchmaker in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof (via Digital Yiddish Theatre Project).

Where does the word ‘Yenta’ come from?

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished May 26, 2022

How did a popular Yiddish woman's name come to mean gossip and busybody? In the first of our new Word of the Week mini-series, we trace the evolution of the word yenta. Producer Jen Richler talks with Fiddler on the Roof scholar Jan Lisa Huttner, comedian...

A new podcast chronicles the little-known stories of boxers from the Holocaust era

A new podcast chronicles the little-known stories of boxers from the Holocaust era

Published May 20, 2022

(JTA) — In the early 1930s, Victor Perez was on top of the world. The Tunisian Jewish boxer, who fought under the ring name “Young Perez,” became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932 after moving from Tunis to Paris. He became a bonafide...

Podcast | AIPAC And Insurrection Republicans

Podcast | AIPAC And Insurrection Republicans

TCJewFolkPublished May 5, 2022

The Jews Are Tired is a weekly podcast of the big stories around the Jewish world, through a Jewish Journalist’s analytical lens. This week: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, one of the most influential pro-Israel lobbying groups, is...

56 hidden letters unearth one womans unknowable Holocaust past

56 hidden letters unearth one woman’s unknowable Holocaust past

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished April 27, 2022

(JWA) - After a career spent telling other people's stories, Eleanor Reissa has finally uncovered her own. In 1986, when her mother died at the age of sixty-four, Eleanor went through all of her belongings. In the back of her mother’s lingerie drawer,...

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