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Jews across the globe are lacing up their skates, strapping on their helmets, and, I don’t know, polishing their curling brooms? Regardless, Israel is sending its largest delegation ever, and multiple Americans are competing in everything from skeleton to figure skating. But before we move forward to new, icy heights (peaks?), let’s take a step back and look at some...
BONGPYEONG, South Korea — Shout it from the top of Mount Werner: Gold wins bronze! Arielle Gold added another medal to the long, rich Olympic legacy of Steamboat Springs by finishing third Tuesday in the highest-flying, most gravity-defying halfpipe competition that women have ever waged on snowboards. “I’m sure Steamboat is proud … To bring home a medal to a town...
While matchmaking is not something often considered a priority in the world of emergency medical services, a good number of volunteer first responders have not only met on the job, but also go out on emergency calls together, saving lives and growing closer in their own relationships because of it. Dov and Racheli were taking care of a patient when...
The eyes of the world are fixed on South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Jewish athletes are expected to put on a fabulous show in Pyeongchang. There are not as many Jewish star athletes in these Games as there were in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but there are still a number of compelling...
Paul Simon has announced he will be retiring from regular touring gigs. At 76-years-old, he has had a career of about 60 years. Simon, although Jewish, never highlighted his religion. His stance goes against his Jewish music compatriots like Bob Dylan, Matisyahu, and Leonard Cohen. Simon has earlier hinted at retirement in 2016. He said that he has no more...
IN THE 1960s musicians broke through the invisible barrier of the three-minute pop song. The single that did it, which rose to number 2, in fact, was Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965). Its six minutes and thirteen seconds was unprecedented for a pop tune, and I vividly recall Top 40 stations playing a three-minute abridgment, which faded out incongruously mid-song....
The biography of Julius Rosenwald, one of the most thoughtful and transformative philanthropists in American history, parallels the life experiences of many Jewish immigrant families of the mid-19th century—women and men who left German-speaking lands, relied heavily on family and community networks, and arrived in America with commercial skills that served them well. Enjoying the benefits of whiteness, they arrived...
As thousands descend upon Minnesota for Super Bowl LII to see their heroes on the gridiron, some heroes they may not have expected to meet will greet them: Minnesotans who survived the Holocaust. These survivors are featured in “Transfer of Memory,” a full-color photo exhibition on display in Minneapolis St. Paul International (MSP) Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2 through Feb. 5. The exhibit at...
Morocco’s Jewish community has declined from its heyday of 250,000 people in the 1950s to a few thousand today, but its vibrant past continues to be a draw for Jewish visitors and a selling point to encourage tourism. Although the Jewish population has diminished significantly since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the independence of Morocco...
German Jewish guitarist Coco Schumann, who had a more than seven-decade-long career in swing and jazz music and survived several Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 93, his music label said Monday. “Not only his musical skill but also his humour and human warmth thrilled and delighted his audience again and again,” the Munich-based record company, Trikont, said in a...

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