Although Hollywood has many successful Jews in powerful positions, being authentically "Jewish" while navigating your career is not necessarily an easy path. In a world of stardom, materialism, and egos; learn how Judaism provided a springboard to help director Saul Blinkoff reach his goals.
The world collectively promised “Never Again” after the Holocaust. But since 1945 we have stood witness to countless genocides and the intentional murder of millions. Find out why it’s happening, where it’s happening, and what we all can do about it.
In the United States, the majority of Jews consider themselves Jewish by religion and their family's country of origin (American / Israeli / Russian, etc.) their nationality. This is not the case for the Jews of the former Soviet Union -- Jews who fought for their equality for over 100 years, helping to create one and to bring down two empires in the process, but losing most of their culture and religion along the way. For these two million Jews such as myself, what was considered a stigma for hundreds of years may now be key to our survival as a Jewish people in a post-Soviet world.
For the majority of world Jewry, home in the 21st century is either in Israel or the United States. Yet still for thousands upon thousands of Jews around the world, there are communities that dot faraway lands. Small and old, with biblical rituals and Hebrew names holding the Jewish traditions to heart; new and thriving, building new Jewish life in new corners of the globe. Discussing these communities in far-flung places, through pictures and words, may inspire the traveler or excite a history-buff and remind us that Jewish life still exists the world over.
Would Israel exist without the Holocaust? The modern rebirth of Jewish self-governance gives some people a justification for the worst event in Jewish history. Why is this cause-and-effect relationship compelling? Why does it profoundly weaken Israel's credibility in the marketplace of nations? What is Israel's relationship to the Holocaust?