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The sewing machine clicked and clacked in Harris and Jennie Levine’s front parlor. Like thousands of early Eastern European Jewish immigrants, they’d arrived in New York, settled on the Lower East Side, and set up shop. read more »
Birthright Israel routinely changes young adults views of Israel, though perhaps not usually as dramatically as for a Portland man who shifted from considering Israel a bully to wanting to move there. read more »
AVELIN, FRANCE—Sixteen years ago I lived in Toulouse, France, spending my junior year abroad at a university just outside of town. On Yom Kippur in 1992, I sought out the synagogue in France’s fifth largest city. I found it, but at that early point in the school year, I hesitated speaking French; while I approached the shul’s door—guarded by kippot-wearing ushers—I didn’t ask to enter. And so I didn’t. read more »