Jews of the Emerald Isle

Jews of the Emerald Isle

Does Your Bubbe Come From Ireland? By Rabbi Barbara Aiello Characters:   Narrator – “Lepra-Cohen” Prophet Jerimiah Rebecca – Jane Forstenzer – the Jewish girl from Lisbon – Portuguese Jews – established Ireland’s First Synagogue in 1660 when...
Betty Boop Jewish Roots

Betty Boop Jewish Roots

Today when grandparents share a video moment with grandchildren, it’s likely that the image on the screen is the highly popular “SpongeBob SquarePants.” The show chronicles the adventures of SpongeBob and his friends in the fantasy underwater city and is the highest...
The Tiny Torah Travels to Jamaica

The Tiny Torah Travels to Jamaica

Bat Mitzvah of Chloe A. Montego Bay, Jamaica June 9, 2010 The Travelling Torah from which Chloe read (pictured here in Chloe’s arms) was inscribed in south central Europe, possibly in Slovenia or Romania in the years prior to 1880. We know this because after...
Lost Sicilian Jews

Lost Sicilian Jews

A Story of Lost Sicilian Jews She arrived on Sunday morning, having received an announcement of our meeting several days before. At first she was not certain that the gathering would be appropriate for her, but curiosity overcame her fear and she found herself at the...
Alaskan Jews Frozen Chosen

Alaskan Jews Frozen Chosen

They live five thousand miles from New York City and they call themselves the “Frozen Chosen.” They are Alaskan Jews who make their home in the cold North Country and who have carved a vibrant Jewish community out of mountains and glaciers, oceans and forests in our...