Jewish prayer shawls are called tallit. The elaborately braided fringes, the tzitzit, on the four corners of the shawls, represent God’s 613 commandments to the Jews. We discovered a synagogue with a class in which boys and girls preparing for their coming of age ceremonies, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, make their own tallit. More
The annual New York Jewish Film Festival showed a selection of films that “ask hard questions about life, culture, identity, and politics,” according to Richard Pena, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s program director and a member of the festival’s selection committee. More
Whether they are Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform, whether they gather on a California beach or in a New York City synagogue, Jews share at least one common element at their Rosh Hashanah observances: the shofar.
Read R & E producer Susan Grandis Goldstein’s June 5, 2007 interview with Michael Sandel in Washington, D.C.
New York’s Yeshiva University Museum has opened an exhibit called “And I Still See Their Faces.” It’s made up primarily of family photographs of members of pre-war Poland’s once thriving Jewish community. Most of those remembered in the photographs did not survive the Holocaust. More