This week on Unorthodox, writer Thomas Chatterton Williams asks if Jews are white, and we try out Justin Sakofs’ MagneticShul
I avoided synagogue for 20 years, until my daughter brought me back
A mansion in Ft. Lauderdale features a mini synagogue. Rabbi not included.
The electronics retailer’s miraculous turnaround offers an important lesson to shuls combating dwindling attendance
A lesson in correlation and causation
Yaakov Stark died penniless and unknown. His murals at the Ades Synagogue are a masterpiece of early Zionist art.
17th-century structure in town of Leczna was restored after World War II
American-born yeshiva head Rabbi Mosheh Twersky among the victims
There were a lot of little reasons I was unhappy. But ultimately, I realized I didn’t need to belong to a temple to feel Jewish.
Prayer books and shawls littered the ground in third such incident in four years
I pray with angry, damaged, and difficult men. I stay because they’re like my brothers. And because sometimes they change.
In her memoir ‘The Pat Boone Fan Club,’ Sue William Silverman recalls where she and her Christian boyfriend went their separate ways
Overseas, I sought out ways to connect to the community, but when I came home, my old sense of alienation would quickly return
Becoming fluent in your own religious tradition is like playing an instrument or a sport: It takes time, dedication, and practice.
Rabbis and congregants alike have made synagogue dull. But together we can make it more meaningful and more compelling.
In a congregation that didn’t focus on God, I discovered the value of reciting prayers I don’t believe
It’s hard to teach kids etiquette when adults behave badly. So put down your smartphone and pay attention.
Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?
They’re frustrating, and sometimes broken, but the men in my shul make services divine
Queens man blames brakes; yeah, that must be it
A deteriorating New Haven synagogue inspired an art exhibit
Perennial prize-winners, fear of Christ, and Gibson’s luck
A new website locates free services
He knows he shouldn’t make jokes about shul
Obama plans a photo op, Russian inmates get sanctuary, and more in the news
On Yom Kippur, kids will be kids
‘Six Feet Under’ is in, day school’s out, and kashrut’s on the rise
Where is the closest Temple Beth El?
Holy fireworks, non-revelations about God, and Eruv 2.0
Creative hate crimes, Madonna goes wailing, and Ben Stiller as secret weapon