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5 Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

By Lenny Picker

One thing is pretty certain: The names of Jack the Ripper’s victims would have been long forgotten had they not been murdered by the same hand.Read More

How Israel’s Curlers Hope To Reach the Olympics

By Elie Dolgin

Israel’s national curling team was only formed this year. Can it reach the Olympics in a winter sport where you throw 42-pound granite rocks along an icy surface?Read More

The Nazi Who Saved Us From Kristallnacht

By Jill Werman Harris

A Nazi officer in Vienna saved the Wachs family during Kristallnacht. They’ve never heard from him again — but they want to change that.Read More

Shaping the Israeli Military — in Stone

By Deena Yellin

When a 73-year-old man wants to join the Israeli army, there aren’t many options. Retired plastic surgeon Morton Freiman found one: becoming the IDF’s unofficial sculptor.Read More

Of Trains, Tea and Translation

By Margarita Gokun Silver

As a Jewish teenager leaving the Soviet Union, Margarita Gokun Silver had high expectations of the West — until she boarded an Austrian train.Read More

The Girlfriend He Left in Vienna

By Sarah Wildman

In her new book, Sarah Wildman details the discovery of old letters sent to her grandfather by Valerie Scheftel, the girlfriend he had to leave in Vienna when he escaped the Nazis.Read More

The Rise and Fall of Calcutta Jews

By Aruna D’Souza

The teeming Indian city was once home to a small but influential Jewish community — including a famed court jeweler and the first-ever Miss India.Read More

When Jews Found Refuge in Pakistan

By Gabe Friedman

When Hazel Kahan’s parents escaped Nazi Germany to the British-Indian city of Lahore, they didn’t expect that they would one day be interned — together with German Nazis.Read More

Tales of a Jewish 'Nun'

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford

What happens when mom lets you decide whether to be Jewish or not? Brook Wilensky-Lanford inherited a lifelong fascination with religion.Read More

The Rabbi of Brooklyn Bowl

By Gabe Friedman

Brooklyn Bowl is the first certified environmentally-friendly bowling alley in the country. And the Williamsburg hotspot also has a surprising Jewish history.Read More

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