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Turning Mah Jongg, the game, into a Broadway musical, is a labor of love

Turning Mah Jongg, the game, into a Broadway musical, is a labor of love

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished June 23, 2022

Watching a game of mahjong can be harder to follow than a hockey game. Both move fast, but instead of following a puck and skaters, mahjong is a blur of hands and tiles. That’s probably why it's not a spectator sport -- until now, sort of.  Because...

How watchmaking skills saved 3 Jewish brothers from the Nazi death machine

How watchmaking skills saved 3 Jewish brothers from the Nazi death machine

BY ROBERT A. COHN , EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EMERITUSPublished June 22, 2022

Every Holocaust survivor story is both a miracle and a curse. The miracle for any Jew in Nazi-occupied Europe between 1939 and 1945 is the fact that they managed to escape the merciless, ruthless and efficient Germans at all. The curse is survivors’...

St. Louis Holocaust Museum announces reopening date

St. Louis Holocaust Museum announces reopening date

Ellen Futterman and Bill MotchanPublished June 20, 2022

The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum will reopen on Nov. 2. The new 36,000 square foot structure will be four times larger than the previous facility, which was located on the lower level of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis building. It...

Flint tools found at the Evron Quarry. Photo by Zane Stepka

Researchers in Israel identify mankind’s earliest known use of fire

John Jeffay , Israel21cPublished June 16, 2022
Weizmann researchers use AI tech to analyze non-visual clues from 800,000 years ago.
The Oxford Annotated Mishnah is the product of 10 years of rigorous academic scholarship. (Image courtesy of Oxford University Press; design by Grace Yagel)

Price tag of new, ‘accessible’ Mishnah “a huge disappointment”

JACKIE HAJDENBERG , JTAPublished June 15, 2022

(JTA) — As an avid book collector who operates an independent Jewish press, Larry Yudelson was excited to learn that a new, annotated version of the Mishnah, the earliest compendium of Oral Torah, was on its way. Then he found out how much it would...

‘Stranger Things’ fans deny their tattoos evoke the Holocaust — it’s a growing trend.

‘Stranger Things’ fans deny their tattoos evoke the Holocaust — it’s a growing trend.

By Mira Fox, The ForwardPublished June 10, 2022

When you think of numbers tattooed on wrists, you probably think of Auschwitz and Holocaust survivors with numbers inked on their forearms. But for some fans of “Stranger Things,” Netflix’s cult favorite horror show, they think of Hawkins, Indiana,...

Critics accuse Pope Pius XII of having turned a blind eye to Jewish suffering during World War II. ( Wikimedia Commons) 

A new book explains Pope Pius XII’s silence during the Shoah — but does not excuse it

PJ Grisar, The ForwardPublished June 8, 2022

One day in late October 1941, Pope Pius XII received chilling news. A bishop in Slovakia wrote to say that the country’s Jews “are simply being shot … systematically murdered, without distinction of sex or age.” We can get a sense of how Pius...

Erich Dahl, WWII vet and man behind Famous Barrs French Onion Soup, passes at 102

Erich Dahl, WWII vet and man behind Famous Barr’s French Onion Soup, passes at 102

Jordan Palmer and Harley HammermanPublished June 5, 2022

Erich Dahl, Age 102, of Creve Coeur, Missouri was born on February 29, 1920 in Geilenkerchen, Germany and passed away on June 1, 2022. Growing up in Germany Dahl and his two sisters lived in Germany near the Belgium border. Their father was a cattle...

The Miniature Torah

Out of the Vault: Video of invaluable Torah scrolls revealed

Published June 5, 2022

This year, in advance of Shavuot, the National Library of Israel (NLI) has released a series of video clips featuring four of the most significant Torah scrolls from its world-leading Judaica collection. Due to their exceedingly delicate state, the Torah...

Gerda Cole, 98, reunited with her daughter, Sonya Grist, 79, after eight decades apart. Cole, who was a Jewish refugee in England during World War II, gave her newborn daughter up for adoption because she couldnt care for her. (Published with permission courtesy of Revera)

This Holocaust survivor reunited with the daughter she never knew

Evelyn Frick, KvellerPublished June 3, 2022

On May 7, 2022, Holocaust survivor Gerda Cole attended her 98th birthday party. The recreation room at Revera Kennedy Lodge Long Term Care Home in Toronto, where Gerda lives, was decorated in blue — her favorite color — and she wore a crown and...

Sara Hurwitz, Amy Eilberg, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Sally J. Priesand, each of whom was the first female rabbi in her branch of Judaism.
Courtesy of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

The ordination of the first female rabbi 50 years ago has brought many changes – and some challenges

Carole B. Balin, , Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of ReligionPublished June 3, 2022

Fifty years ago, on June 3, 1972, as Sally J. Priesand became the first woman ordained a rabbi by a Jewish seminary, her 35 male classmates spontaneously rose to their feet to acknowledge her historic feat. For nearly 2,000 years, the position of rabbi...

Missouris small towns are filled with rich Jewish history

Missouri’s small towns are filled with rich Jewish history

Eric Berger, Special For The Jewish LightPublished June 1, 2022

Mara Cohen Ioannides, an English professor at Missouri State University, once lived in New York where, she said, “If you want something, you ask for it.” So Cohen Ioannides did not understand when the editor of OzarksWatch magazine approached her...

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