Gretchen Rachel Hammond is an award-winning journalist and a full-time writer for Tablet Magazine.
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Guardians From Hell

The completely legal, utterly grotesque system for undermining the rights of the elderly

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Meeting a Holocaust Survivor Inspired Illinois Students to Establish Genocide Museum in Their High School

‘I was motivated to apply the stories I heard to my own life and do the same with my community’

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New Documentary Brings Eugene V. Debs to Life

More than a century later, the Socialist politician is as relevant as ever

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My Masada Moment

A childhood obsession with the tragic story led me to convert to Judaism. But finally visiting the mountain last month, I wondered what being a Jew meant in an age of surging anti-Semitism.

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Divorcing the Transgender Community

I thought I’d found a warm and supportive home, but being Jewish made that difficult

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In Chicago, Jewish Groups Share Desks and a Sense of Mission

SketchPad is a co-working space for the city’s emerging Jewish organizations

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Chicago Editor Dismissed for Racist Cartoon Mocking J.B. Pritzker

Skewering the gubernatorial candidate for racially insensitive comments, Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Konkol published an offensive cartoon drawing on negative stereotypes of African Americans

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Musical Festival Resurrects Works by Jewish Composers Murdered in the Holocaust

The Viktor Ullmann Festival helps previously unheard works find new audiences

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The Anti-Schlumper

One Jewish guy’s quest to teach men how to dress well, even when dressing down

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An American Photographer Captures the Faces of the ‘Nowhere People’

For more than a decade, Greg Constantine has been documenting the plight of the Rohingya

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A Recipe for a Sweet Childhood

In ‘Candies From Heaven,’ Israeli food writer Gil Hovav recalls his early years in Jerusalem—and the food that meant the most to him

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Donating a Kidney to a Stranger Gives Thanksgiving a Whole New Meaning

I may have saved Elvie’s life, but, really, she saved mine as well

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One Photographer’s Quest to Capture the Humans of Tel Aviv, One Snapshot at a Time

A late-comer to social media, Erez Kaganovitz became a Facebook sensation for training his lens on the people of his city

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My Path to Conversion Started with ‘Masada’

How the mini-series, starring Peter O’Toole, saved me from a brutal British school and led me on a spiritual journey that ended in the Mikvah

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Think Our National Gun Control Debate is at an Impasse? Welcome to Chicago.

On both sides of the argument, passionate Jewish advocates in the Windy City hold firm to their positions, with little new movement made in either direction

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Illinois Gubernatorial Hopeful Drops Running Mate Over Support for BDS

Daniel Biss bids adieu to Carlos Ramirez-Rosa after the latter changes his mind on singling out the Jewish State for criticism

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Chicago Fund Gives Palestinian Youth Scholarships to Haifa University

Despite challenges and criticism, giving young students a shot at a great education

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Start Up Nation, Say ‘Shalom’ to Chicago

A new program brings Israeli start-ups to the Windy City

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What’s the Matter With Chicago?

How did a city that gave us one of the nation’s most thriving Jewish communities become ground zero for anti-Semitic agitation?

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In Chicago’s Slutwalk, Israel and Palestine Take Center Stage

Zionist marchers waving Star-of-David posters were met with giant red umbrellas designed to block out their message

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