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We are less than a month away from the largest gathering of Jewish women in San Diego. Join us as we celebrate the COLLECTIVE POWER OF KINDNESS at OPTIONS. Our keynote speaker, Orly Wahba, author of Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself), and CEO of Kindness USA, will empow…

When Jews Ruled the Fencing World


Edgar Seligman (right) (Photo courtesy Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports Archives)

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the women’s fencing medal ceremony witnessed three medal winners with Jewish backgrounds. Ilona Elek, a Hungarian, won the gold medal. Helene Mayer, a German,…

Deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Inspires a Contemporary Composer


The composer Julia Wolfe, shown in 2011, dedicates her new work 'Fire in My Mouth' to 'women who rose up to demand a more human existence.' (Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images/via JTA)

JTA — Was it coincidence or fate that the New York Philharmonic commissioned Julia Wolfe to compose a new piece …

Collection of Lost Yiddish Songs Nominated for a Grammy


“Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs of World War II,” includes 18 tracks composed by Jews in the Soviet Union and Ukraine. (Courtesy of Six Degrees Records)

BOSTON (JTA) — In the despair of the Soviet Union’s fierce World War II battles against the Nazis, a 42-year-old Jewish man from O…

Board Chair Reflections: My Duty to Speak Out


The New York Times published an opinion piece on January 19th by Michelle Alexander, entitled “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine.” It was scary. Very scary. Regardless of your view on The New York Times, it is widely read and highly respected in many circles. The article was rife w…