Carnival in Brazil: Jews Are Finding Their Way In

by Alex Minkin “YIDELE IS A SMART KID, he tells everyone that Carnival is not Jewish.” The author of the 1930s Yiddish textbook from São Paulo, shown at left (from the YIVO collection), wasn’t joking. In the early 20th century, Carnival, seen as a wild pagan street party, appalled the ancestors of the majority of […]

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February 27: The Baroness Rabbi

Julia Neuberger, the head of Liberal Judaism in Great Britain and the first woman rabbi to head a congregation in that country, was born in London on this date in 1950. A member of the House of Lords, she is senior rabbi at the West London Synagogue, the oldest standing Reform synagogue in the city. […]

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