Elsewhere: Orthodox, gay and celibate, lost Jewish tribe photos, SF’s Jewish history

Talia Lavin

School board tsuris: Despite criticisms, the haredi-controlled board may not be the main reason the East Ramapo’s school district is struggling. (Forward)

Orthodox, gay — and celibate: David Benkof reveals that he’s been celibate for 13 years because it’s the only way he feels he can remain Orthodox while openly gay. (Times of Israel)

Old letters brought to life: “A Bintel Brief,” Liana Finck’s new graphic novel, vividly revives a Jewish advice column from the turn of the 20th century. (N.Y. Times)

Photos of a lost Jewish tribe: A photo essay captures members of the Bnei Menashe, an Indian group with Jewish ties who are waiting for visas to Israel.  (Al Jazeera)

San Francisco’s Jewish history: “American Jerusalem,” a new documentary, spotlights Jews who fled European persecution to make San Francisco their home.  (KALW)

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Talia Lavin is JTA’s editorial assistant. She’s an avid reader and an Eastern Europe nerd, and her poetry and nonfiction writing have been published in Tuesday Magazine, the Gamut, The Birch, Tablet, The Starry Night Review and elsewhere. Follow her on twitter at @chick_in_kiev.