Life, Death, and the Levys | by Sara Lipton – The New York Review of Books

| November 15, 2020

Family of Leon Levy Saadi a-Levi and his second wife, Esther, circa 1890s Salonica, the historic city on the Aegean Sea (now called Thessaloniki), was at the turn of the twentieth century probably as close to paradise as a European Jew was likely to get. The salon cultures of Berlin, Vienna, or Paris may have been more glittering, but there Jews sat uneasily on the edges of elite society and public life, warily eyeing growing anti-Semitism.

The return: "A Long Journey" explores the legacy of the Conversos – Santa Fe New Mexican

| November 15, 2020

On Dec. 8, 1596, Luis de Carvjal the Younger, his mother, Doa Francisca, and his sisters Leonor, Isabel, and Catalina, were burned at the stake in Mexico City after being tried in court by the Inquisition. Their crime was practicing Judaism in secret.

Pioneers: Remembering the First Jews in America – The Media Line

| November 15, 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 2 to 3 pm Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) Register here. Jews immigrated to North America in the earliest days of the colonial era, long before American independence and before the great waves of immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries

Valley of Tears Is Historical Fiction for Todays Grim Reality – Vulture

| November 15, 2020

Aviv Alushas Yoav Mazuz andShahar Tavochas Avinoam Shapira in Valley of Tears. Photo: VERED ADIR / HBO MAX For a little more than six years, there was a widespread belief in Israel that the country had found something resembling peace.

Smithsonian Associates Kicks Off the Holiday Season With Virtual Programs – The Southern Maryland Chronicle

| November 15, 2020

Smithsonian Associates Streaming offers plenty of ways for people to celebrate the holidays from the comfort of their own homes. Individual programs offer insights into holiday traditions, studio arts workshops add a touch of nature to participants holiday dcor and a guided wine tasting unlocks an award-winning sommeliers secrets to perfect seasonal food and wine pairings. Programs include: Non-Traditional Holiday Ornaments Saturday, Nov.

Readers Write: GN must combat Covid spike – Opinions – The Island Now

| November 15, 2020

I make no claim about Covid morbidity or recovery rates.

Armed guards providing protection for synagogues | This Is Local London – This is Local London

| November 15, 2020

Since the awful ascent of anti-Semitic views into the mainstream, the armed security at my local synagogue has taken on a terrifying new significance. At every entrance, two guards each carry a rifle across their armour-clad chests, and stand at the side of the doors

Staying Apart, But Praying Together – The New York Times

| November 15, 2020

Emilio Artea, the beloved longtime deacon at St. Agathas, a Roman Catholic church in Brooklyn, died from Covid-19 on Good Friday this year.

Praying through the second wave: Expert advice on staying safe – Forward

| November 15, 2020

This winter, a lot of observant Jews are going to become the frozen chosen. Heres how Dr. Moshe Cohn, who lives in the Orthodox hub of Teaneck, N.J., gets dressed for weekday prayers on a recent cold day: He wraps his tefillin, the ritual leather straps, around his arm and head

White supremacist jailed for 2 years over plot to bomb Las Vegas synagogue, ADL – The Times of Israel

| November 15, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) A white supremacist who told an undercover FBI agent about his plans to firebomb a synagogue or attack a Las Vegas bar catering to LGBTQ customers was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. Conor Climo, 24, apologized before US District Judge James Mahan sentenced him to prison followed by six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring.