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 By Joe Baur    News    October 15, 2021

2 years after the synagogue attack in Halle, Germany, young Jews gather to turn mourning into activism

BERLIN (JTA) — Last year, as Rabbi Rebecca Blady approached the first anniversary of the Yom Kippur attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, she knew she wanted to commemorate it on her own terms. Blady runs Base Hillel Deutschland, an o...

 By Joe Baur    Features    May 14, 2021

This Hungarian coffee cake is even better than babka

One morning, my wife suggested I look into making a different kind of bread. Not necessarily to replace my weekly challah habit, but just to try something new. I asked what she had in mind and she men...

 By Joe Baur    Features    December 11, 2020

At age 33, I'm finally celebrating my first Chanukah

BERLIN (JTA) — I wasn’t raised Jewish, but this year I’m proud to be connecting with a neglected part of my heritage. There are a lot of Jews who would say that I am not Jewish — my Jewish heritage stems from my paternal grandmother, and I wasn’t...

 By Joe Baur    News    September 4, 2020

'We are here,' not in Israel: The new Berlin Jewish museum director on Jewish life in Germany, beyond BDS

BERLIN (JTA) - The previous director of the Jewish Museum Berlin left in the wake of a tweet. In May, after the German parliament declared the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against...

 By Joe Baur    News    July 24, 2020

Jewish community today in Germany has a potent voice

BERLIN (JTA) - There were approximately 30,000 Jews in the city of Frankfurt before World War II, making it the largest community in Germany. By the time the U.S. military occupied the city in 1945,...


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