I used to think the language was hopelessly uncool. Now I’ve changed my tune.
A trip to the concentration camp didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped
An effort to document the lost Jewish life in the town of Kanczuga, and to preserve what remains
People say the darnedest things to us converts. Please stop.
Judaism helped me get into drinking alcohol—would it now help me get sober?
Since I came out as transgender, I’ve never felt more Jewish
Sundays, I am a Unitarian. But now I realize that I am always a Jew.
I was ridiculed and physically abused for being the wrong kind of Jewish boy. As a result, it took decades to come to terms with my identity.
At age 34, far from home, I joined a synagogue for the first time—in Charlottesville
How a Jewish-American soldier in WWII survived in a POW camp—and even managed to celebrate Passover under the Nazis’ noses
How I stopped worrying and learned to lie to the most important man in my life
Chasing the ghosts of my uncle, who was killed in action in Normandy during WWII
How I lost my Mormonism and came to embrace the Jewish way
Growing up in a religious family where premarital sex was forbidden and sex wasn’t discussed, I wasn’t taught how to deal with the dangers I’d face
My winding journey through music mirrored my journey of Jewish discovery
For me, learning Hebrew was a way to fit in as a Russian immigrant growing up in Israel. For the kids in my Hebrew school class in California, the language meant something entirely different.
A trip with my grandmother to her French hometown revealed a complex narrative of forgotten stories, newly discovered facts, and misremembered details
When I decided to physically transition from female to male, I didn’t consciously consider how my relationship to Judaism might change as a result
My youthful admiration for religious teachers, and my desire to please and even emulate them, ultimately helped me connect with myself as a Jewish adult
In Jerusalem, I developed an unlikely friendship with a taxi driver. I owe him much more than what’s on the meter.
My grandfather lost all his relatives in the Holocaust—and then hid those memories for the rest of his life
A three-part story about love, loss, and all the music in between