Jewish Jewish
Stories About

Jewish

Hate crimes are on the rise in Poland. In response, a new YouTube video aspires to foster tolerance by having people from marginalized groups bake and sell bread to customers at a Warsaw bakery. Above, some of the loaves baked and handed out as part of the campaign. Each loaf is wrapped in a black ribbon with a photo and information about the person who baked it. Anna Bińczyk hide caption

toggle caption
Anna Bińczyk

The bagels for sale at Skokie's New York Bagel & Bialy, which opened in the Illinois town in 1962, are as good as any you'd find in the Big Apple. In the post-World War II era, the town became a hub for Jewish Holocaust survivors, and synagogues sprouted alongside Jewish delis. Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein hide caption

toggle caption
Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein

Chef Heidi Rae Weinstein holds a Reuben sandwich, complete with Swiss cheese — definitely a kosher no-no — at Trefa Banquet 2.0, an event held in San Francisco to commemorate a scandalous meal held in 1883 by newly ordained rabbis of the Jewish reform movement. The event has practically become myth. Lydia Daniller hide caption

toggle caption
Lydia Daniller

Chicken blinchiki from Kachka. Leela Cyd/Courtesy of Flatiron Books hide caption

toggle caption
Leela Cyd/Courtesy of Flatiron Books

Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/564397498/565025450" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Yom Kippur break fasts are notoriously epic — all manner of smoked fishes and delicate pastries are piled high on the best china (or, if you're feeding dozens, paper plates). For many of those gathered around a table heaped with traditional Eastern European delicacies, engaging in the holiday meal is a way to connect with their Jewish roots. Courtesy of Russ & Daughters hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Russ & Daughters

Martin Luther King, Jr. listening to a transistor radio in the front line of the third march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to campaign for proper registration of black voters, March 23, 1965. Ralph Abernathy (second from left), Ralph Bunche (third from right) and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (far right) march with him. William Lovelace/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
William Lovelace/Getty Images

Philippe Mora, whose father made life-saving baguettes during WWII, displays his graphic of his father, Georges Mora, and his godfather, Marcel Marceau, making mayonnaise together. Courtesy of NOISE Film PR hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of NOISE Film PR

Joel Touitou Laloux's family owned Paris' Bataclan theater from 1976 until last year, when the performance hall was sold and he retired to Israel. He's shown here on Nov. 18 at his home in the Mediterranean coastal city of Ashdod in southern Israel. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

From Retirement In Israel, Bataclan Ex-Owner Recalls Better Times

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/457490606/457517751" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In Gett, the character Viviane Ansalem wants a divorce but her husband will not give permission. In Israel, if you're Jewish, even if you're not religious, you have to be divorced by Jewish law. Courtesy Music Box Films hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy Music Box Films

In Israel, Jewish Divorce Is Granted Only By Husband's Permission

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/389873594/389945339" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sociologists Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt look on during their son Ari's bris. They've worked together to research how kids with mixed Asian-American and Jewish heritage think about faith. The Kim-Leavitt family hide caption

toggle caption
The Kim-Leavitt family

Chabad rabbinical students Zalman Refson (right) and Yaakov Kaplan sit alongside a Jewish resident of Taylor, Ariz. As roving rabbis, the duo recently went to about 40 tiny towns and cities across Arizona, meeting rural Jews along the way. Stina Sieg/KJZZ hide caption

toggle caption
Stina Sieg/KJZZ

In The Rural West, 'Roving Rabbis' Reach Isolated Jews

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/351767729/352198561" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The medieval town of Pitigliano is perched atop a massive volcanic rock, looking out over vineyards and olive groves. It was once home to a vibrant Jewish community, treated with civility or cruelty depending on who was in charge of the city; now, the town works to preserve and share the cultural history of Italian Jews. Michela Simoncini/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption
Michela Simoncini/Flickr

Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/348002796/348412102" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript