Penny Schwartz, The Times of Israel

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The Times of Israel

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Recent articles by Penny:

German cellist reunites over 30 members of a family descended from Holocaust victims

After being connected by Friederike Fechner, almost two dozen descendants of brothers Julius and Felix Blach come to Germany to see their once-prominent family's legacy firsthand → Read More

39 years later, US arson conviction overturned due to antisemitism at trial

Barry Jacobson has fought conviction for four decades; now, case to be dismissed because a juror called him 'one of those New York Jews'; racism in courts must be fought, he says → Read More

At Boston’s Tufts, campaign urges students not to join liberal pro-Israel groups

Pro-Palestinian chapter argues organizations like J Street 'condemn occupation while normalizing colonization'; university calls campaign 'divisive and harmful' → Read More

Boston area college in turmoil after string of antisemitic and racist incidents

Curry College offering $10,000 reward for information on those involved in campaign of hate graffiti at school that began after International Holocaust Remembrance Day → Read More

‘Devil’s Arithmetic’ author honored with lifetime achievement award

Jane Yolen wins Association of Jewish Libraries' Sydney Taylor Book Award in Jewish children’s literature; picture book prize goes to Susan Kusel’s 'The Passover Guest' → Read More

Mameve Medwed, novelist whose ‘New England Jewish wit’ infused her work, dies at 79

Writer who penned seven novels, including a national bestseller, was known for her humor and take on Jewish identity → Read More

The little-known Jewish origins of Boston’s annual Christmas tree tradition

For over 50 years, Nova Scotians have gifted Bostoners a spruce in gratitude for an aid mission led by Abraham Ratshesky in 1917 after a port explosion killed and injured thousands → Read More

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to require genocide education in high schools

Bill brought following revelations of antisemitic incidents, including many in local schools; Jewish groups welcome move, even though legislation does not mention Holocaust → Read More

‘Fiddler’ meets ‘Sopranos’: Gritty Sholem Aleichem novel in English for 1st time

Long forgotten and not included in the Yiddish author's canon, 'Moshkele the Thief' paints a rare picture of the seedier side of Old Country life → Read More

New kids’ books for the Jewish New Year: Kangaroos, Jonah and 2 guys named Max

This array of colorfully illustrated books will enliven the High Holidays, which begin this year with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of September 6 → Read More

Boston Jews rally together after streak of attacks in the area

Jewish leaders say community is feeling vulnerable and angry, with stabbing of Chabad rabbi a tipping point → Read More

Massachusetts city adopts resolution critical of Israel; BDS measure falls short

Cambridge commits to reviewing municipal contracts for ties to firms that allegedly violate human rights, endorses Democratic bill in Congress to restrict some aid to Jewish state → Read More

Hebrew College announces relocation plan to growing suburban Boston campus

Temple Reyim’s campus in Newton is already home to mikveh, education center, and Jewish after-school program → Read More

Lions read haggadahs, magical guests appear in new Passover kids’ books

Poignant moments of generosity, lighthearted humor, and interactive seder instructions with tips for guests joining remotely fill the pages of holiday stories for all ages → Read More

Carl Shapiro, Brandeis benefactor who lost millions to Madoff, dies at 108

Shapiro's foundation with wife Ruth supported US medical institutions, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, cultural centers and local initiatives in Boston, Palm Beach, and Florida → Read More

Prisoner’s photos depicting brutal life in Lodz Ghetto donated to Boston museum

Jewish inmate Henryk Ross risked his life to take surreptitious photographs detailing life in the Ghetto where thousands died of starvation and illness → Read More

A Passover tale and 2 coming-of-age debut novels win Jewish books for kids award

Sydney Taylor Book Awards go to stories of young boy bonding with a lonely kitten, a 7th grader learning friendship with terminally ill teen and an exploration of loss → Read More

NY rabbi recovering after 4 months on a ventilator, 4 collapsed lungs

38-year-old Rabbi Yehuda 'Yudi' Dukes believed to among longest hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the US, suffering several setbacks including a stroke and liver biopsy → Read More

Israeli CEO of Boston’s Tatte bakery chain steps down amid discrimination claims

Petition signed by nearly 300 current and former employees alleges 'crude, sexual remarks made about customers,' racism, offensive actions against LGBTQ+ groups and other issues → Read More

Israel ‘doesn’t make sense,’ can’t safeguard Jewish people, says Seth Rogen

Actor-comedian opens up about identity in podcast interview with Marc Maron; says if country exists 'for religious reasons, I don’t agree with it because I think religion is silly' → Read More