Jewish Bellydancers in Brooklyn

My bellydancing students—Russian immigrants, Hasidic women—showed me a new side of the borough

Jewish Life Booms in Cologne

As immigrants revive the German city’s historic community, new ideas emerge about Jewish engagement

Regina Spektor’s Immigrant Aid

The Russian-Jewish indie star headlines a benefit for HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, an aging philanthropy seeking new attention

Passover’s Perennial No-Show

At the Seder, we open the door for Elijah. As a child, I thought he’d actually appear. Then I grew up, and anticipation faded into resignation.

Graduation

A Jewish Ukrainian immigrant needed a voice to help reconcile her foreign past and her American future. She found it—in Kanye West.

Falling Star

Lost Books

Purgatorio

As a child, writer David Bezmozgis was among the Soviet refugees who waited in a seaside Italian village for a visa to the U.S. or Canada. His novel The Free World explores the grittier side of life there.

Early Sundown: Sukkot Edition

Plus unrest in East J’lem, and more

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