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On the Cancer Gene Trail

How Roman Catholics of Native American and Spanish descent became carriers of the deadly breast-cancer gene long associated with Jews

Don’t Diss Passover Fruit Slices

Does anyone really like jelly rings? Maybe not, but at Economy Candy on the Lower East Side, there are many other Passover sweets to choose from.

Big Band Theory

Grammy-winning jazz pianist Alon Yavnai enlists the help of a robust ensemble to invoke Latin, African, and Middle Eastern rhythms on a new album

General Frenemy

In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant issued an order expelling all Jews from his territory. Turns out, that was a good thing. Historian Jonathan Sarna explains.

Jews for Jesus

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach claims Jesus was a Jew who never meant to create a new religion. He tests his theory on Harvard scholar Noah Feldman.

Easy Access

Having decided not to get Internet in his new apartment, a graduate student winds up stealing it from the Chabadniks next door

Salonica Stories

The earliest known Ladino memoir, now in translation, sheds light on both Ottoman Jewry and one controversial man’s conflicts with the community

The Projectionist

Actor Antony Sher draws on his own family’s past in his latest theatrical role, tracing the history of the Jewish immigrants who created Hollywood

Cheap Eats

An entrepreneur opened a Jewish-themed restaurant in Lviv, Ukraine. Chopped liver is on the menu, but not its price—diners get to haggle over it.

Grace Notes

Orthodox klezmer and bluegrass virtuoso Andy Statman and evangelical country star Ricky Skaggs cross genres and faiths to form a mighty duo

Goodbye to All That

For generations, the Jews of Caracas had idyllic weather, prosperity, and vibrant communal organizations. Things changed under Hugo Chávez.

Who Shall Live

Reporter Dara Horn admires Varian Fry, who saved Jewish intellectuals from the Nazis, but she questions his belief that not all lives held equal value

Hope Less

In Shalom Auslander’s new novel, the protagonist tries to wean himself of optimism while doing battle with the freeloader in his attic: Anne Frank

Hanukkah Alegre!

A group of Washington-area Sephardic Jews gathers monthly to share traditional foods and converse in the disappearing language of their ancestors

Settling Down

In the documentary DevOUT, gay Jews struggle to reconcile their faith with their sexuality while raising families within the Orthodox world

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