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  • Amid hedonistic indulgence, Jews search for meaning at Burning Man

    By Ben Harris, JTA

    September 10, 2009 | 6:04 pm

    At first they came slowly, perhaps a half-dozen sitting cross-legged in a circle waiting for Kabbalat Shabbat services to begin.

    But as the sun dipped below the mountains marking the western edge of Black Rock City, and as the Sabbath melodies wafted across the desert, the crowd...

  • 2 Days in Bethlehem

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 29, 2009 | 9:50 pm

    Daoud Nassar is talking to a large group of Jews gathered on his 100-acre farm in the West Bank, which lies southwest of his native Bethlehem. Nassar explains that his property has no running water, no electricity, and he’s forbidden from building on it. An Arab-Christian...

  • A long time ago, in a kibbutz far away . . .

    By Gary Wexler

    November 19, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    Yoav was my kibbutz brother, secular and an ardent Zionist. He had an encyclopedic mind that could recite in detail kibbutz history, lore and socialist ideology. Today, Yoav is an equally intense, knowledgeable and ideological Charedi guy living in the Midwest. He recently offered to...
  • Researcher tracing Jewish genes meets the Kohanim of Africa [VIDEO]

    By Peter Ephross

    August 20, 2008 | 10:45 pm

    Dr. David B. Goldstein from Duke's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy talks about tracking the genetic history of the ancient Jewish priesthood (kohanim) and the Lost Tribe of Israel, the focus of his new book, "Jacob's Legacy".

    For many people, genetics research conjures...

  • Allosemitism (noun)—Jews as the perpetual ‘other’

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    August 7, 2008 | 4:41 am

    WEIMAR, Germany (JTA)—I learned a new word this summer—“allosemitism.”

    Coined by a Polish-Jewish literary critic named Artur Sandauer, the term describes a concept with which I am quite familiar—the idea of Jews as the perpetual “other.”

    Allosemitism can embrace both positive and...

  • Key dates in recent Chinese Jewish history

    By Alison Klayman

    August 4, 2008 | 6:34 pm

    BEIJING (JTA) -- The following are key dates in Chinese Jewish history:
  • 1920 Ohel Rachel Synagogue is established in Shanghai (still standing).
  • 1928-49 The first Lubavitch rabbi in China, Meir Ashkenazi, leads Shanghai’s Congregation Ohel Moshe. Built in 1927, Ohel Moshe is now...
  • Your guide to Jewish Beijing

    By Alison Klayman

    August 4, 2008 | 6:30 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Dror Poleg, an Israeli who has lived in Beijing for three years, says being Jewish is “easier in China than in Israel.”

    “In Israel there is lots of politics, what school you go to, what yarmulke you wear,” Poleg says. “Here you can just be you.”

    Beijing has had an...

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