A Very Jewish Town Feuds Over Israel Like Only Jews Can
By Aiden Pink for The Forward
Newton, Massachusetts is one of the most Jewish cities in the United States, with Jews making up between 20-30% of the Boston suburb’s population. Newton is so Jewish that there’s a part of town with three synagogues in a one-block radius. Newton is so Jewish that its Jewish population is not only mentioned on its Wikipedia page but also on Urban Dictionary. Newton is so Jewish that people, without any irony whatsoever, call it “Jewton.”
In this Belgian city, a heatwave puts cherished Rosh Hashanah tradition on ice
By Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA
ANTWERP, Belgium (JTA) —Come autumn, hundreds of men and their children stream out of the dozens of synagogues of this Belgian city’s Jewish quarter, and walk quietly to its main park.
When they reach City Park, they gather around its vast pond and perform an ancient ritual called tashlich, the symbolic casting of breadcrumbs onto a body of water.
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Nazi-confiscated pen helps ToI track down survivor’s son, rewrite family history
By RENEE GHERT-ZAND for The Times of Israel
International Tracing Service and Times of Israel journalist jointly find descendants of Istvan Rokza, to restitute his stripped possessions and unearth buried heritage
When Hungarian-Jewish teenager Istvan Rokza arrived at the Neuengamme concentration camp in northern Germany in late 1944, he had very little on him — only 20 pengo (then the Hungarian currency) and a “Tintenkuli,” a black stylograph-type pen. The Nazis confiscated these from Rokza, placing them in an envelope and listing the contents on the outside.
Democrats In A Bind On Muslim Candidates
By STEWART AIN for The Jewish Week
Are tough critics of Israel a sign of the party’s future?
Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is running unopposed for a congressional seat in Michigan.
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears on the verge of becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in a district that includes the eastern Bronx, Astoria, East Elmhurst and City Island.
The sale of Azerbaijan’s Jewish community center deals a painful blow to a dwindling community
By Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC, is closing its Jewish community center in Baku due to changing demographics. A community of formerly 16,000 in 2000 now only has 8,000 Jews and is moving into a smaller space.