Jewish Journal

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

  • 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...
  • 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...

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